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Smart Strategies to Mobile Device Security

Published: September 24, 2018

Where’s your phone?  Who doesn’t set their phone down on a table or seat next to them?  Have you ever set your phone down and walked away?  Most of us are probably guilty of doing one or both.  Here are 9 easy ways to help keep your mobile device secure.

  • Configure your device to require a passcode to gain access if this feature is supported in your device.
  • Avoid storing sensitive information.  Mobile devices have a high likelihood of being lost or stolen so you should avoid using them to store sensitive information (e.g. passwords, account numbers, etc.).  If sensitive data is stored, enable encryption to secure it.
  • Keep your mobile device's software up-to-date.  These devices are small computers running software that needs to be updated just as you would update your PC.  Use the automatic update option if one is available.
  • Review the privacy policy and data access of any applications (apps) before installing them. Only download apps from trusted app stores (Apple, Google Play).
  • Disable features not actively in use such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and infrared.  Set Bluetooth-enabled devices to non-discoverable when Bluetooth is enabled.
  • Delete all information stored on a device before the device changes ownership.  Use a "hard factory reset" to permanently erase all content and settings stored on the device.
  • "Sign out" or "Log off" when finished with an app rather than just closing it.
  • Utilize antivirus software where applicable (i.e. Android, Windows, etc.).
  • Do not jailbreak or otherwise circumvent security controls.

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