Going mobile; be secure

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Let’s face it. We are in the mobile technology age. It’s not if you have a mobile device, it’s how many. According to the PewResearchCenter Mobile Technology Fact Sheet:

90% of American adults own a cell phone
42% of American adults own a tablet computer

In fact, 29% of cell owners describe their cell phone as “something they can’t imagine living without”. Yet, according to a recent Consumer Reports study, many people don’t even take the most basic precautions to keep the information carried around on mobile devices safe.

Mobile devices, like smartphones and tablets, are basically small portable computers, more powerful than the computer that sat on our desks a few short years ago. And just like your computer at home they can be hacked, infected with a virus and, if unsecured, provide access to your personal information. Here are some basic tips on securing your mobile devices:

  • Configure a passcode or use biometrics to use the device. This helps prevent unauthorized individuals from gaining access to your data.
  • Set an idle timeout that will automatically lock the phone when not in use.
  • Keep all software up to date, including the operating system and installed "Apps". This helps protect the device from attack and compromise.
  • Enroll your device in the “find my device” service offering from your provider, such as Find My iPhone or Android Device Manager. These allow location tracking and remote data recovery/wipe.
  • Use devices that support encryption, and ensure that it is configured to encrypt storage with hardware encryption. In conjunction with a management service or "Find My iPhone," this can allow data to be removed quickly in the event that the device is lost or stolen.
  • Label your device with your name and a phone number where you can be reached to make it easy to return to you if it is lost.

Read more about mobile device security by visiting Telecommuting, Mobile and Travel Safety Guidance.