1.28 billion. That’s how many tablet users there are expected to be worldwide this year. To put that into perspective, India’s population is just over 1.38 billion. Tablets are growing in popularity. And as they become more powerful, it’s only a matter of time until they become more integral in our workplaces. They’re already a huge part of many industries. Charity retail shops, for example, use tablets alongside their EPoS system to streamline operations.
But as their popularity rises, it’s essential we keep take a look at our tablet security. They contain sensitive information and, like any device, can be hacked. So is your tablet as safe as it can be? Take our quiz to find out…
Q1. Tablets, unlike other devices, don’t need antivirus. It’s secure enough without it.
Q2. You can wait to install updates on your tablet.
Q3. Passwords should be 12 characters minimum.
Q4. How safe is it to connect to an unknown Wi-Fi?
- It’s never completely without risk
- As long as it’s public Wi-Fi like Starbucks, it’s fine
- It’s fine, I do it all the time
Question 1 – This is false. Even though some see Apple devices as extremely secure, they’re just as vulnerable as Android tablets. In fact, rates of iOS malware have been increasing over the years. So, just like a PC or laptop, antivirus protection is a necessity.
Question 2 – Also false. Any updates on your tablet should be installed immediately, especially if they’re patch updates. These will ensure your security is as current as possible, protecting against more recent cyber threats.
Question 3 – True. With passwords, the general rule is the longer the better. But a password of 12 or more characters is a great place to start. Follow the regular advice and mix letters, numbers, and symbols.
Question 4 – It would be amazing if we could trust any Wi-Fi. But that’s too good to be true. One of the more common public Wi-Fi attacks is known as a man-in-the-middle attack. When a device connects to the internet, a hacker can easily position themselves between these transmissions and access your information.
Many people think the standards we hold our computers to don’t apply to other devices. But any device we own can easily be exploited. Just this idea that tablets and similar devices don’t need the same protection could be putting you and your data at risk. It’s vital we prioritise cyber security across all devices to protect our data – look after your tablet security.
Keep yourself secure. If you’re in the charity sector, we’ll be at the Charity Retail Association Conference on the 9th and 10th of September, launching CHARiot Web. With our newest cloud-based EPoS solution, your staff and volunteers can stay as safe as possible. Come see us at our stand or call us today on 01204 706 000.