Smartphone security and Nokia Lumia

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There's a nice little video animation up on YouTube (narrated by an Irish lady whose voice is familiar?), giving newcomers to smartphones some reassurance about security of their data under Windows Phone. See below for the video and quotes and comments.

Here's the video, see what you think:

The video forms part of an article here on Nokia Conversations, aimed at companies, which goes over the main pillars of security under Windows Phone:

Our privacy, contacts and content matter a great deal to us, but there are also security-savvy businesses that have picked Windows Phone 8 as their OS of choice. Let’s check out five very compelling reasons why, when it comes to security, there’s no better option.

1. State-of-the-art device encryption

The device encryption of Windows Phone 8, when turned on by your company’s IT administrator, covers the whole Nokia Lumia device from its OS to its user data. This means that your company can enable the automatic encryption of devices’ internal storage and have file encryption kick in as soon as the phone is turned on....

2. Built-in IRM for secure email everywhere

Windows Phone is the only smartphone platform that has Information Rights Management (IRM) built-in. Outlook on Nokia Lumia devices comes with the capability to handle rights-protected email and documents....

3. Super safe network connectivity

Data synchronization with the most popular cloud services like SkyDrive and Office 365, as well as business servers, such as Exchange and SharePoint, makes use of the very latest SSL 3.0 secure connection....

4. An app store you can trust. Always.

Before being accepted into the Windows Phone Store, every app is approved and certified by Microsoft, so (unlike with many app stores for Android) you can’t accidentally download apps with viruses or malware. Moreover, each app runs in its own isolated chamber to prevent potentially harmful interference between apps. For safer surfing, Nokia Lumia devices’ super-secure version of Internet Explorer 10 doesn’t support plug-ins and has real-time anti-phishing filters.....

5. Passwords and remote wipe capability for data protection

To protect company data in case of device loss or theft, Windows Phone 8 based smartphones support complex, alphanumeric lock-screen and power-on passwords. When necessary, all data can be remotely wiped by the IT department or by the user via Windows Live or an Outlook web app, and if the phone is recovered, it can be easily restored from the most recent backup....

So, have we convinced you that your company’s secrets are safest with Windows Phone 8? We hope the answer is yes. And if you’re already using a smartphone running on WP8, make sure you can check off this simple and easy to-do-list:

  • set your device password
  • enable the Find My Phone feature, and
  • check that the automatic backup is turned on.

Good advice - and reinforces what we've said for a while about Windows Phone making an excellent choice for the newcomer (or, perhaps in this case, the new company) to smartphones.

The point about Internet Explorer 10 on Windows Phone is particularly pertinent in these days of 'drive by' malware and these ease by which we can be surfing after following a 'shortened' link in a social status update. No Flash, no Java, no plug-ins - these might annoy power users, but their intentional absence also means that there's no known way for web-hosted malware to affect your smartphone.

Source / Credit: YouTube