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Smartphones are quickly becoming our most important computing devices. Beyond work and communication, we use them for banking, shopping, payments and entertainment. But the mobile revolution has come with a few drawbacks, and with more people using smartphones as their primary computing device, data encryption is even more crucial.
Having the right smartphone security and privacy measures in place is especially important in a work environment — whether to protect you and your company against the threat of a lost phone or to ensure your personal content is kept separate from your work data and is unavailable to your employer. Some businesses deploy managed data separation solutions like an Android Enterprise Work Profile, which creates a partition between work and personal use. But many other employers operate with looser Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies, or don’t have the resources to manage and maintain such an infrastructure.
In these situations, people still want to feel a sense of personal privacy and have a separation between their work and home lives. Samsung’s Secure Folder offers just that.
Building a connected ecosystem
Available on the latest Samsung Galaxy smartphones — including the Samsung Galaxy S20 and the Note10 lines, Secure Folder offers a simple solution for those who want to protect their personal information. Even though Secure Folder is free, it leverages the enterprise-grade mobile security offered by the Samsung Knox platform — including data encryption — allowing anyone to easily create a secure area on their phone to store work data and keep it separate from personal data, or vice versa.
This secure storage space also allows users to customize how they access their data, whether it’s via passcode or biometric authentication.
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Apps installed in these secure containers gain an additional layer of protection against cyberattacks, as access requires a PIN, password, pattern or biometric authentication method such as the Ultrasonic Fingerprint ID.
The folder is designed for easy setup and use. Apps can be added to Secure Folder simply by clicking “Add Apps” and selecting from what’s already installed on the phone, or downloading from the app store. All other content — including documents, photos and files — can be transferred to Secure Folder simply by choosing “Add Files.”
Secure cloud backup
Using data encryption on your device is important, but if your smartphone is lost or stolen, having a way to access that data is critical. That’s why Secure Folder supports a secure cloud backup integrated with Samsung Cloud, making data restoration a breeze. It also gives users the opportunity to access both work and personal files at any point throughout the day, wherever they are.
Adding a further layer of protection, the folder’s secure cloud backup system is isolated from other general files. With this structure, data restoration can only be done through the settings inside the secure area, and only by the original Samsung account user.
What’s more, Samsung Cloud offers a hassle-free way to transfer everything to your new device. Besides restoring your data and apps, your backup will also restore your preferred home screen layout, your alarms and even your Wi-Fi settings.
With more and more people using their mobile phones for both work and personal productivity, the Secure Folder solution ensures your data is protected and that you can safely back up your files.
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