Tips for Mobile Device Security

Mobile devices are a great tool to enable work and communication on the go. With the convenience offered by mobile devices, however, comes a risk to personal privacy and university data.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to follow the guidelines below to protect personal and University information in the event of a lost or stolen mobile device.

Secure your data and email

  • Avoid storing sensitive data on your phone
  • Use the storage encryption feature on your phone to protect your private data (contacts, photos, etc.) in case your phone is lost or stolen (Android 3.0 and later)
  • Use SSL encryption (https) for browsing and webmail whenever possible

Turn off wireless and geo-tracking

  • Keep optional network connections (e.g. WiFi and Bluetooth) turned off except when you are using them
  • Turn off GPS and data when not in use – it can be used against you by criminals and stalkers
  • Don't access personal or financial data when using public WiFi

Choose your applications wisely

  • Download apps from trustworthy sources
  • Don't install a new app until it had established a good reputation
  • Update your software and apps; remove unused apps

Use a password/lock code

  • Use strong passwords
  • Set the screen timeout to 5 minutes or less
  • Avoid using auto-complete features that remember names or passwords

Be skeptical about links

  • Avoid links to untrusted sources, especially from unsolicited email or text messages
  • Don't let your guard down when using your phone in a casual setting such as a bar or a restaurant. It's easier to click a suspicious link when you are distracted.

Tips for keeping your device secure