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Enterprise Mobile Device Security: Personal Android Device Protection

By Rich Campagna, Subbu Iyer, Ashwin Krishnan, Mark Bauhaus

Managing enterprise mobile device security can include the personal devices of your employees. Here are some precautions you should advise users to take to prevent losing vital data on their device if it’s ever lost or stolen.

Google’s Android operating system powers a number of smartphones and other devices from various handset manufacturers. Vendors such as Motorola, Samsung, and HTC make several devices that run the Android operating system. The user’s ability to remotely control Android devices largely depends on the type of Android device.

If users are looking to protect their personal Android smartphones or tablets, they have several options to remotely lock, wipe, or locate their devices:

  • Locate the lost device using GPS. As soon users discover their device is missing, they may want to try to locate it. They need a web-based interface that they can log in to, for locating the lost device using GPS.

    Depending on your device’s make and model number, the vendor itself may provide services to remotely locate, lock, or wipe devices. Services are available to device owners from vendors like HTC, Samsung, and Google to manage these actions.

  • Remotely lock or wipe the device, or set off an alarm. If users are unable to locate a lost Android device using GPS, they can remotely lock or wipe it. They can also set off a remote alarm on the Android device to attract attention to it.

    These actions are also typically taken from a web page by the device owner.

Recommend that users shop for loss and theft protection services from their carriers. Several carriers offer such services that may be competitively priced in comparison with buying them directly from a vendor.