If you travel for business on a regular basis, you may be concerned with losing your belongings, primarily your mobile device. Since mobile devices are small and easy to carry around, they can also be easy to lose. You’ll commonly place them on the seat next to you, on the counter or a nearby table, and completely forget their existence until you have already boarded or gotten off the plane. In fact, during a 2010 study, Credant Technologiesfound that more than 8,000 mobile devices were left behind in US airports. When you leave behind your mobile devices, you’re not only risking the money to replace them, but a host of security risks if someone dishonest finds your device.
Mobile Device Security Policy
If you are a business owner, the first step to protecting your own mobile devices, on the mobile devices of your employees, while traveling is to create a mobile device security policy. Even if you are careful not to lose you mobile device, theft is still a possibility and the mobile device security policy will help protect your information. Not only will the security policy include important steps to take to prevent losing your mobile device and prevent data from being stolen off of it if you do, but information to comply with the current federal regulations governing privacy and security of date.
Your mobile device security policy should be comprehensive and include things like how to report a lost or stolen mobile device, how to avoid getting one lost or stolen, detailed requirements when you’re traveling overseas with your mobile device, and details about the protection of your private and confidential data. Include details on how best to secure your mobile device, such as setting strong passwords and having an auto-lock feature.
Tips to Prevent Lost Mobile Devices During Travel
While it can be easy to misplace your mobile devices during business trips, primarily your mobile phone which is small and easy to lose, there are ways to prevent the loss of your device. Whenever you leave the taxi, airport, or airplane, be sure to check your belongings and the seats around you for possible devices you are leaving behind. This includes the seat of the taxi cab, the overhead compartment and the pocket in front of you in the airplane, and seats next to you while waiting in the airport.
Avoid using your mobile device during traveling when it isn’t necessary. For example, if you’re waiting at the airport, avoid using your tablet computer or mobile phone to pass the time as this increases your risk of setting it down and leaving it behind. If you use the restroom at the airport, leave your mobile phone in your pocket instead of on the bathroom counter; this way you avoid the chance you might leave it there. If you do lose your mobile device, the first thing you should do is auto-lock it from a remote location. This prevents someone else from getting into the device and stealing your information. After that, file a claim with the airport and check their lost and found.
Losing your mobile device while traveling can be a stressful and frustrating experience. While it’s prudent to take as many safety precautions as possible to safeguard your mobile device while traveling, it’s also wise to obtain business insurance to protect your portable electronic documents as well.