Essential Email Security For Mobile Devices

March 13, 2013

Tech Info

It’s not uncommon to check email from your mobile device. If you have a tablet or a smartphone, you likely have access to your Gmail account or one of your other email accounts. When you check your email, you have the same potential for malicious threats on your mobile device as you do on your computer.

The big difference between your mobile device and your computer is that your computer has some security already built into it. You have virus protection on your computer. So why don’t you have the same kind of email security on your mobile device?

Password Protection

One of the most basic forms of email security is password protection. If someone comes across your mobile device sitting on your desk or in your purse, you don’t want them to access any of your emails because they are personal. This means you can password protect the mobile device in and of itself.

The passwords are getting fancier. They can be a number code, an alphanumeric code or even a design that you swipe with your finger. Whatever it is, utilize a password and change it once a week or so in order to avoid problems with people getting into your mobile device when you’re not around to yell at them for invading your personal space.

Additionally, you probably have your email password saved on your device because it’s easier. You may wish to remove this and then enter it manually every time you want to check your email. It’s a slight inconvenience, but it’s a good idea to do, especially if you can’t trust those around you. It may also be smart to change your email password periodically.

Malware Protection

Protecting your mobile device from malware is a little harder. Hackers are evolving and getting smarter. They are able to overcome some of the flaws in your operating system and even some of your protection software. This means that you have to keep your system updated at all times. The way to do this is by:

  • Updating your OS
  • Updating your software
  • Look for latest features

Just as you have virus protection on your computer, it’s a good idea to get it on your mobile device, too. A security app can be downloaded. You might not find a free one, but if there’s ever a time to pay for an app, it’s to secure your email a little more.

Pay attention to what you’re doing on your mobile device. Are you using the app for the email provider to access your email or are you going directly onto the Internet and then accessing it from there? If you use the app, it will help point you into the secure version of the site so you can be sure your personal information is under lock and key.

When you download an app, check to see what it can access. Many people download an app without paying attention to this. If it is accessing your email, think about if the app really needs to have access to your email. If it doesn’t, pick another app on the market to do what you want. There are a lot of hackers that use apps to get the information they want, so be cautious of access points.

In the end, you have to remember that your mobile device is just like a mini computer. All of the essential security lessons you went through with your computer now have to be applied to your mobile device in order to secure your email. If you’re not sure your email is secure on your mobile device, then don’t use it. There’s nothing that’s so important that you can’t wait a little while until you can check it on a more secure device.

It is likely going to take a small investment to secure your email on your mobile device. This may be downloading a mobile app or two or simply installing some updates to keep your system up to date. No matter what, you have to be cautious about what you do on your mobile device and who has access to your email so you can keep things as secure as possible.

About our Guest Author
Sarah Hendricks is a security expert on protecting users and businesses from hackers and data leakage with NQ Mobile antivirus app. Users in the office, at home, or working remotely are all subject to attack. Sarah has teamed up with to keep mobile devices protected nationwide!

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