If you haven’t seen the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Guidelines on Cellphone and PDA Security, we are providing it for you here to look over as it provides insight into the risks inherent to the use of mobile devices, as well as techniques for the protection and management of mobile devices for both business and personal use.

Anyone who is interested in mobile security— i.e. users of Keeper® Password and Data Vault— should find this compelling. The encryption that our software provides serves a much greater purpose than simply managing your password and login information.

“While handheld devices provide many productivity benefits, they also pose new risks to an organization’s security.  Over time, significant amounts of sensitive organizational and personal information can accumulate on a handheld device, including removable memory cards and SIMs.  For example, mobile email on a device may discuss sensitive topics such as product announcements, financial statements, or litigation issues.  Information such as calendar and phonebook entries, passwords for online accounts, electronic documents, and audio and video media are also potential items of interest to an attacker.  As the memory capacity of these devices increases, so too does the amount of information and associated risk.”

Aside from the basic steps that a user can take to protect their Smartphone, laptop or tablet such as password protection and maintaining physical control, this document makes the case for the basic functions of Keeper- from employing complex and unique passwords, authentication measure that timeout to backing up data.

“Protecting sensitive data on a device with encryption is an effective measure, especially appropriate for devices used for organizational purposes.”

The risks associated with the use of mobile devices can be balanced when protected with the proper methods.