Message security is critical in the workplace. No one wants their information on the loose – especially anything that includes work data. There are some simple steps you can make your messages more secure.
Similarly to locking your doors to prevent a burglar of opportunity from coming into your home, there are some basic measure you should take to make your conversations secure. Here are five simple steps that you can take to ensure that your chat is as secure as possible:
It may seem obvious, but keeping your devices safe at all times should be the first step. Of course, if someone does take your device they shouldn't be able to access your messages because you followed step #2.
Setup passwords for all of your devices. That means that you should have a password for your mobile phone’s lock screen, a password for your personal laptop, a password for your office computer, and any other devices.
Use a messaging application that verifies a user’s email address or phone number. Having an app that certifies that each user is a proper contact strengthens user privacy and also reduces the thread of impersonation.
Use a messaging app that requires strong passwords. A chat application that has password protection is akin to adding a second lock or a second door – it adds much-needed layers to security. Don't know what password to use? This article in USA Today has a few good tips on creating a strong password.
Choose a chat service that encrypts messages. Encrypting messages makes it harder for malicious 3rd parties to eavesdrop, and helps make sure that the information you send is private.
A little bit of effort can go a long way in ensuring you have a secure messaging experience. Set passwords, secure devices, and use a service that values security as much as you do.