Best Practices for Keeping Your Business Devices Secure

How secure is your small business? Are any of your passwords "Password?" Are you at risk of malware being accidentally installed in the office? Unfortunately, these are all real risks that any business can face, regardless of the size of your company. Fortunately, there are best practices that you can follow to keep your small business secure.

Take Advantage of Native Features

Apple has excellent native security. With features like passcode enforcement, software updates, and Find My help organizations protect their company devices, or locate them in the event they are missing.  An MDM solution builds on those features to give you even more security. For instance, if a device is lost or stolen, you can lock and wipe the device to ensure your data remains protected.

Only Download Well-Maintained Apps

Making sure all your devices are up to date is a critical part of keeping your devices secure. Apple’s software updates often include security improvements that keep products safe from malware and hacking. You'll also want to check on who is publishing the apps you download to make sure the app is safe to install. I download several apps per month to test for reviews. Before installing an app, I always check the date of when it was last updated. If the app was updated three years ago, I don't bother installing it and move on to apps published more recently or that have been maintained over time.

Encrypt Your Data

Of course, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. If a device ever goes missing, what happens to the secure data stored on that device? If you have a Mac, you can encrypt your data using a function called FileVault, located in System Preferences under Security and Privacy. If you want to turn on FileVault for all the devices in your office, you can use mobile device management solution like Jamf Now to deploy the same encryption across all your devices.

To learn more about how to keep your devices secure, check out Jamf Now's free e-bookBasics of Apple Security Devices: Small Business. Or, if you’re ready to secure and manage your Apple devices, sign up for Jamf Now and enroll your first three devices free, Add additional devices starting at $2 per device per month Don't wait until your security is compromised; get started today by following the best available security practices.

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