October is National Cyber Security Month. These days, many of us are reliant on our mobile devices to assist us with a variety of tasks throughout the day. Many people take the time to secure their workstation or laptop, but they fail to realize that much of the same sensitive information also resides on their mobile device. Here are some tips to help you secure your mobile device.
Mobile Man's Tips!
- Lock your mobile device with a passcode to protect the information on the phone in case of physical theft or loss.
- Enable an automatic lockout to lock your device after a period of inactivity.
- Avoid “rooting” or “jail breaking” your devices. Doing so can disable certain default security features.
- Keep your software current. Software is often updated with improved security functionality.
- Only connect to trusted wireless networks. Attackers can sometimes see or “sniff” internet activities on unsecured wireless networks.
- Use anti-malware software on any devices that connect to the internet.
- Utilize mobile device tracking software to help find a lost or stolen device.
- Before installing an app, check to see what information the app will be able to access on your device.
- Before doing anything sensitive such as banking, verify that the web traffic is encrypted. Look for the “https://” instead of “http://”.
- Don’t click on links in texts and emails that are from untrusted sources.
- Consider encrypting any sensitive information on your mobile device.
- Don’t store your password with your device.
- Don’t let others use your device.
- If using your device in a public place, don’t allow bystanders to “shoulder surf” any sensitive information that might be on your screen.