Malware posing as cool apps, nasty websites cropping up at the top of your search results, sensitive emails read by prying eyes.
Devices bursting with secrets left in a taxi or snatched by a nimble-fingered pickpocket… it’s a jungle out there in our interconnected world. Thankfully there are very simple things you can do to protect your privacy and data on Nokia Lumia. Check out this video to see how!
Our privacy, contacts and content matter a great deal to us, but there are also security-savvy businesses that have picked Windows Phone 8 as their OS of choice. Let’s check out five very compelling reasons why, when it comes to security, there’s no better option.
1. State-of-the-art device encryption
The device encryption of Windows Phone 8, when turned on by your company’s IT administrator, covers the whole Nokia Lumia device from its OS to its user data. This means that your company can enable the automatic encryption of devices’ internal storage and have file encryption kick in as soon as the phone is turned on. Gaining unauthorized access to data on WP8 is about as challenging as hacking into James Bond’s work computer.
2. Built-in IRM for secure email everywhere
Windows Phone is the only smartphone platform that has Information Rights Management (IRM) built-in. Outlook on Nokia Lumia devices comes with the capability to handle rights-protected email and documents. As a result, you can rest assured that your company’s confidential documents stay confidential, as they cannot be accidentally forwarded to your competitor’s CEO. Most importantly, with built-in IRM, employees can open their time sensitive IRM-protected emails anywhere, whether in the office or on the move.
3. Super safe network connectivity
Data synchronization with the most popular cloud services like SkyDrive and Office 365, as well as business servers, such as Exchange and SharePoint, makes use of the very latest SSL 3.0 secure connection. As a result, the business apps accessing those cloud or business servers encrypt all network traffic. With Windows Phone 8, data in transit is always protected, regardless of the type of connection.
4. An app store you can trust. Always.
Before being accepted into the Windows Phone Store, every app is approved and certified by Microsoft, so (unlike with many app stores for Android) you can’t accidentally download apps with viruses or malware. Moreover, each app runs in its own isolated chamber to prevent potentially harmful interference between apps. For safer surfing, Nokia Lumia devices’ super-secure version of Internet Explorer 10 doesn’t support plug-ins and has real-time anti-phishing filters. All updates to Windows Phone 8 can be trusted 100%, too, because they are securely and directly distributed by Microsoft. Think of all the things your company can do with the money originally allocated for deploying and maintaining anti-virus and anti-malware programs…
5. Passwords and remote wipe capability for data protection
To protect company data in case of device loss or theft, Windows Phone 8 based smartphones support complex, alphanumeric lock-screen and power-on passwords. When necessary, all data can be remotely wiped by the IT department or by the user via Windows Live or an Outlook web app, and if the phone is recovered, it can be easily restored from the most recent backup. A big disappointment to information-hungry crooks, a big bonus to businesses.
So, have we convinced you that your company’s secrets are safest with Windows Phone 8? We hope the answer is yes. And if you’re already using a smartphone running on WP8, make sure you can check off this simple and easy to-do-list:
- set your device password
- enable the Find My Phone feature, and
- check that the automatic backup is turned on.
To stay ahead of the security game in the future, too, remember to download the regular and free software updates, such as Lumia Black. Any questions left unanswered? Please give us a shout in the section below.
Updated October 1, 2015 12:25 am