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5 key security features for tablets

Many doctors and healthcare organizations are finding that tablets can help improve care for patients. But it’s important not to forget about the security of those devices. 

As tablets and other mobile devices become more common in professional situations, device and software makers have improved security features considerably.

If your organization is going to deploy tablets or allow doctors and employees to use their own personal devices, here are some key security features you might want to look for:

  1. Encryption — Encrypting data will prevent people who get their hands on lost or stolen devices from accessing any sensitive data.
  2. Remote wipe — Another way to prevent access to that data: Have the device wiped once it’s lost or stolen. Many applications combine remote wipe with other useful features, such as auto-lock and location tracking.
  3. Disabled features — Some organizations may want to disable certain tablet features that could be used to leak sensitive data — including, for example, USB ports, cameras and SD card slots.
  4. Remote data storage — One security method employed by many organizations is using applications that store data on the network and access it remotely with a secure connection — rather than storing data on the device itself.
  5. Blocked applications — Mobile malware often gets on a device because users aren’t careful about what apps they install. Also, some legitimate apps may share device data in a way healthcare organizations aren’t comfortable with. Therefore, it might a good idea to have a way to block what apps users install.

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