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Mobile Security Tips

 

Mobile devices often contain sensitive personal data, which make them a target for attackers.  The following tips can help keep your data secure. 

 

Physical Security

  • Avoid leaving your mobile devices in your car, especially in plain sight.
  • Don’t leave your mobile devices unattended in public areas, even for a minute. 

 

Locking devices

  • Always use password on your devices
  • Configure your device to lock after a short period of inactivity.
  • Avoid pattern drawing passwords.  These are easier to guess, and easier for people around you to see.
  • Use caution when setting your device to erase data multiple failed login attempts.  This will give you greater data security, but may also cause you to lose your data.

 

Device Security

  • Keep your device and apps updated to the newest versions.  Old software versions may have security holes that can be exploited.
  • Do not open files or click links you don’t trust.  Just like PCs, mobile devices can get malware.

 

JailBreaking / Rooting phones

  • JailBreaking or Rooting your phone removes protections which may leave you vulnerable to attackers.
  • Rooting your phone gives you and your applications rights to delete or change important system files which may permanently damage your phone.
  • JailBreaking/Rooting your phone allows you to install applications from alternate sources than the vendors store.  These applications have not been reviewed by the vendor and often contain pirated content or malware. 

 

Backups

  • Backup the information on your mobile device regularly.  Damage and theft of mobile devices is much more frequent than PCs.
  • Consider encrypting your backup.  This will protect your data if your computer is compromised.
  • Store your backups somewhere secure.  If you backup your phone to your laptop, and both get stolen, you may lose all your data.

 





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