Almost all of us spend some of our days on our iPhone or Android smartphone. For many of us in the business world, it is important to have something cool, I mean reliable, professional, safe and sleek. Businesspeople FaceTime when on trips to keep in touch with family and work. This digital connection blurs the line between business and personal with our phones.
Here are some things to consider about your phone usage:
Merging Personal and Business
The phone we use to call our families can be the same one for calling the office. In order to survive in this fast-paced world, it is important to be connected. Accepting calls from family and work is almost a requirement now. Let’s be honest, things can change in an instant, bad or good. With Amazon, it’s easy to buy just about anything we need. We can also be notified by email when someone tries to log in to our personal accounts. Both of these events happen with total commonality. And of course, we never know who may need what in the family.
The same email application for work often allows you to log into your personal account. More and more do we have sensitive data on our phones. The more we stay connected and blur this line, the more we have to commit to safe practices for using our iPhones and Androids.
Best Safe Practices
With our phones being vaults of sensitive data, it’s important to protect that investment. Physical damage is the quickest way to interrupt someone’s work week. Almost all of us have had to miss important calls because of a broken screen. The simplest way to help alleviate this problem is to get a good protective case. If you own an iPhone X the cases are an economical way to keep your phone safer. The materials of phones are getting lighter – which makes it easier to drop and fumble them even just taking it out of your pocket. Repair costs for an iPhone X cracked screen are up to $279 and it could delay your work – or cost you business. To paraphrase, a cent of prevention is worth a dollar of cure.
Something else to consider is privacy. Most of us in this connected world use financial or email apps on the go. Besides worrying about hacking, you also have to worry about securing your phone. Apple does thankfully provide solutions built into iOS. Make sure to use an alphanumeric passcode. Even setting up login timeouts will make it harder for a phone thief to extract data.
Last but not least is make consistent backups to the cloud. Sometimes the worst does happen and we need to be prepared. Losing important contacts or text messages can be a real pain. Backing up our data takes care of one aspect. The conventional wisdom is to change your account password from time to time. However this may not be the way to go according to an article from the FTC, it’s important to avoid things such as character shifting ( E to 3). According to one study, knowing the previously used password, researchers were able to get into 17% of accounts. People tend to be predictable when they are required to make up a new password every few months.
It sometimes is easy to overlook how much we truly do on these devices. Most people do some of their work using smartphones throughout the day. By understanding how our personal lives and work ones mingle, we can make wiser decisions. Ones which keep our lives safe and ahead of the competition.