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Working in social media requires round-the-clock access to the Internet and to apps, so more and more companies are encouraging their community managers and marketers to rely on their own technology for getting online. While this approach, often referred to as “bring your own device” or BYOD, offers your team members flexibility and lets them escape the tethers of an office desk, it poses new risks in security for the organization.

Today’s smartphones can potentially be as vulnerable as a laptop or desktop. In order to protect the accounts and information that should be kept for employees’ eyes only, brands need to stay on top of the best practices in smartphone security.

Fortunately, there are great secure choices within all of the top smartphone brands, so your employees can be protected with their operating systems of choice. These four phones offer strong security options that will let your social media team stay mobile while letting your IT security team rest easy.

1. BlackBerry Z10

BlackBerry Z10

This tried-and-true business phone brand is one of the best choices for security. For years, BlackBerry was the gold standard for professionals on the go. The brand has played to those strengths as it offers more and more options for personal use. One of the latest products in its smartphone lineup is the BlackBerry Z10.

This smartphone has built-in features to help separate work and personal uses of the device with its BlackBerry Balance feature. This technology creates a workspace within the phone so that there is no accidental crossover between your professional email or apps and your personal life on your phone.

The Z10 has other security options to protect your social media team’s apps and data. The device allows owners to set permissions for what apps can access, what level of encryption you want, and protection settings for email messages. BlackBerry also grants the ability to either wipe your entire device or to remove just the workspace within BlackBerry Balance. Even though other rivals have entered the sector for professional-caliber mobile devices, BlackBerry is still a worthy competitor in this field.

2. Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung is one of the market leaders for smartphones, and the Galaxy S series has sold more than 100 million units. The latest entry in this product line, the Galaxy S4, is the most advanced in terms of features, and that includes features to protect the device and the data it holds.

This Android phone offers a strong security solution with Samsung Knox. The program is similar to the BlackBerry Z10, keeping separate worlds for work and play within the device. Samsung has said Knox is part of the Samsung for Enterprise, or SAFE initiative to make its products more attractive to large businesses.

With a three-pronged approach to security, Knox covers everything from application security, to allowing IT administrators special access. The security option has even gotten a seal of approval from the Pentagon. When the federal government is on board, your company is probably making a safe bet by using the same technology.

3. iPhone 5S

iPhone 5S

Apple products have long been a reliable option for the security-minded. One easy way for a hacker to take down a smartphone is with malicious apps, but thanks to the App Store’s stringent review process, very few of those make it onto customers’ devices.

The company is also pushing the boundary of how smartphone users think about security with its latest update to the iPhone family. The iPhone 5S includes a Touch ID system that unlocks the device with the owner’s fingerprint. Apple has even linked the touch access to some of its proprietary programs, so the owner can use a fingerprint to authorize purchases from iTunes or the App Store.

While some expert hackers have found flaws in the Touch ID system, this is still an upgrade from the numbers game of cracking the passcode protection for older iPhone models. Savvy businesses will respect Apple’s desire to push the boundaries and innovate in the world of mobile device security.

4. HTC One


This is another secure hardware option for Android fans. The HTC One has a unique set of unlocking features that offer extra protection in case the device is picked up by anybody other than its owner. Rather than simply entering a passcode, the HTC One can be set up with face detection, or drawing a complex pattern on the screen, to open the locked phone.

For data kept on the device, HTC One has encryption available under the Settings tab. The HTC One was the first smartphone from the company to receive its HTCpro certification, meaning the device has strong mobile enterprise features and level-one government-grade security.

What phone has impressed you with its security features? Let us know in the comments!

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