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Getting Beyond Passwords in the Mobile Supply Chain

Increasingly, mobile phones are critical tools in the supply chain, logistics and warehouse of many electronics companies. Along with improved efficiency and speed, as well as cost savings, these devices can also create security gaps that may leak critical information to others.

Fortunately, a combination of better technologies, improved training, and well-considered systems has made securing mobile devices much easier. Consider that the global mobile security market is predicted to reach $34.8 billion by 2020, registering a CAGR of 40.8% during 2014 to 2020, according to a recent report by Allied Market Research

Even after decades of use, passwords continue to be a weak form of protection. Too often, people use predictable passwords, or worse, the same password over and over again. User perception that passwords are difficult can discourage use. Too often, people share their passwords with others. All in all, passwords don't provide sufficient security, especially for smartphones being used business critical tasks. 

Fortunately, the newest generation of smart phones offers better built in security than traditional password protection. The infographic below, created by Avnet, offers step-by-step instructions on how to make the most of these protections both at home and at work. 

— Hailey Lynne McKeefry, Editor in Chief, EBN Circle me on Google+ Follow me on Twitter Visit my LinkedIn page Friend me on Facebook

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