Make sure your security goes beyond the PC

August 15, 2012 • Opinion

Gone are the days of the ‘family computer’ which was shared between household members, and gone are the days when Internet connectivity was limited to the home or office. In today’s world consumers have access to a multitude of devices that allow them to connect wherever they are, whenever they like, on the move or seated at a desk.

Fred Mitchell, Security Business Unit Manager at Drive Control Corporation (image: DCC)

Many users have more than one type of device, and can have as many as four, with a mix and match of desktops, laptops, smart phones and computers and sometimes more than one of each kind.

The Cloud has even enabled us to access the same documents, information and accounts across these different devices, so that things synchronise and a seamless experience can be achieved regardless of the physical device we are working on.

We are now storing our identity, information, music, photographs, movies, in fact our entire lives, on a variety of different media, from hard drives to mobile devices to the Web. We have embraced always on, constant access using any number of devices, and keep all of our important information in a completely mobile world.

Connectivity has clearly moved on, so why hasn’t most people’s security?

We know that we need anti-virus, anti-spyware and Internet security for our laptop or our desktop, but what about a smartphone or a tablet? We know that we need to backup data that’s stored on our hard drives, but what about the documents on a tablet and the emails on our phones? As consumers we have become more mobile, but most of us do not stop to think about the implications of accessing the Internet from anywhere on any device, and about what happens to our information if our mobile devices get lost or stolen. The fact is that in today’s world, this data is more than information. It is our lives, our identities, our families. And it needs to be protected.

Having multiple devices opens up a whole new ‘can of viruses’, including malware, spyware and others, which can now find their way onto networks in more ways than ever before. If a PC is protected but a smartphone is not, and both devices are connected to the same network, then the PC security is rendered practically pointless, since there are vulnerabilities that can be exploited.

Every device that connects to the Internet needs to have a comprehensive security and backup solution, but who has the time to install and manage multiple software programmes with multiple licenses for each different device? Users need protection with as little effort and fuss as possible, in other words a single security product that delivers all the protection needed, including Internet security for multiple devices. This allows users to mix and match their solution to fit their devices, regardless of operating system or platform. It also simplifies access and management to files since a single solution is used to backup all data across devices.

Aside from multi-device solutions, security for today’s connected world needs to offer powerful online protection to defends against viruses, spam and spyware, and protect users from online identity theft on any device. Because of the mobile nature of many devices, protection should also include anti-theft technology that will assist with tracking and recovery of lost or stolen devices, and automatic backup to safeguard music, photos, documents and other important files on various devices. Most importantly however, any protection solution should be easy to use and should not noticeably slow down the performance of any device or cause issues with connectivity.

Security is vital in the connected world, and has become more important than ever considering the proliferation of multiple connected devices. Solutions need to be able to cater to many different devices, and once installed should run in the background, providing silent, effective protection to keep computers, phones, tablets and identities safe from harm.

Fred Mitchell, Security Business Unit Manager at Drive Control Corporation

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