Online Safety Protection Guide for Enterprise Employees

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Cybersecurity may be the biggest issue in the online world, with ever-evolving apps and programs designed to keep you safe from online threats, but the real world poses genuine threats that your devices can help to protect you from. The question for enterprise employees is – are you utilising the safety features that devices like mobile phones and smartwatches provide? 

In the UK, police response times are much slower than in decades past. The number of missing people or knife crimes in the UK is at the highest rate the country has ever seen. Huge numbers of people use their mobile devices to record incidents and threatening behaviour at home and outside, but how many of your phones – or your children’s phones – have personal safety apps that could make a difference? These questions, and more, are ones we look to answer at our 19th annual risk management conference in London this November.


Phone safety features to find

Smartphones have two of the most valuable safety features every owner should know how to activate and utilise in location sharing and emergency calls. While they may be easy to find and use for most, everyone who experiences a low battery on their device should know to send their current location to a trusted contact before the battery dies – especially if they feel they may take a while to recharge or feel that they may be in danger.

Many people have gone missing while on a daily run or hiking. Recently, the late Hollywood actor Julian Sands was lost during a major storm in California after he had been hiking. Although the body would be found after exhaustive searches, the route where he was hiking was identified by location sharing before his phone battery died.

As some people don’t like the idea of location sharing on their phones, another option would be to share your run or hiking route (which is typically planned ahead of time) with a trusted contact. Samsung Galaxy phones also allow SOS messages to be sent to emergency contacts (although not emergency services).


Smartwatch Safety Features

Owners of an Apple Watch may not realise that they wear a device that can make vital calls to emergency services. The Apple Watch side button activates an SOS slider when pressed, which can be manually dragged or held to automatically activate a call after five seconds.

As well as contact with the emergency services, this procedure will also alert any designated emergency contacts via a text with the details of your location. For Garmin models, a feature will send your location to predetermined contacts and features incident detection, contacting trusted parties if a fall or serious accident befalls you.

Invest in Personal Security

It is no good to rely on the protection of these readily available apps if you don’t take them seriously. It will not help if you begin to use them when you are already in danger.

Take time today to find apps and devices, select your trusted contacts, and activate any SOS features that your devices have. If the product or app allows for connection to emergency services, most of these companies account for test runs, providing you complete the call and alert the emergency services you are okay and simply setting up a new device or safety app.

An Enterprise security and risk management conference in London can expand on two of the big talking points in technological advancement, where areas of remote safety are also at the heart of the discussion, such as how technology and knowledge can be instilled for better protection.


Attend Our Enterprise Security Event 

On November 28th, 2024, Whitehall Media presents the 19th annual ESRM UK (Enterprise Security and Risk Management conference) in London, exploring various steps that today’s experts work to improve security and risk management. For more information on upcoming risk management conference in London, speakers and events, check on the Whitehall Media events page for details.