With our escalating reliance on mobile devices, a major challenge that every industry must face is the security risk inherent in the technologies. Mobile apps are an area of particular vulnerability.
Recent research by Veracode revealed that the average global enterprise has around 2,400 unsafe applications installed on employee mobile devices. Keep in mind that each of these vulnerabilities has the potential to become a hacker’s entry point to gain access to your corporate network and steal your data.
With this in mind, in addition to their other security best practices, companies should use privacy locks to protect individual apps. This is particularly important for iOS users, since while Apple provides a built-in passcode to protect iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touch from unauthorized usage, it does not include privacy locks for applications.
Here are a few solutions to consider:
- Guided Access. One workaround solution from within the app itself is to use Apple’s Guided Access feature, which allows users to restrict usage of their apps. The primary benefit of Guided Access is that you can use it to restrict and limit (temporarily) your iPhone or other iOS device to a single app, while also controlling the availability of app features by disabling hardware buttons and areas of the screen that aren’t needed for a task.