• Mobile device security tips and hints

     
  • Mobile technology should help accelerate your business, not slow it down by making you vulnerable to fraud threats like malware

    Here are some tips for protecting your employees (and yourself):

    • Lock your mobile device with a unique, strong password. Avoid common words or phrases that may be easy to guess.
    • Avoid malware by downloading and installing only legitimate mobile app's from established sources like Apple’s App StoreSM or Google Play™. Use caution when downloading copycats or clones of popular apps or games, because these apps typically come with the threat of mobile malware.
    • Set up passwords and disable auto-login for any mobile apps that include sensitive information, i.e. banking, shopping and social networking apps. Use different passwords and codes for your mobile device and apps. Avoid reusing passcodes across your most important apps.
    • Configure your privacy settings and review them regularly. When you download new apps, some apps will ask to access data and services on your device. Carefully evaluate whether these apps legitimately need this information before you provide access.
    • Do not “root” or “jailbreak” your device. This practice generally weakens your device's security.
    • Exercise due diligence with unexpected messages or notifications. Do not click on suspicious links sent via unsolicited text message, email or suspicious push notification.
    • Enable device tracking. For iPhones and iPads, enable Apple Find My iPhone™. If you have an Android device, turn on Android Device Manager™. These tools allow you to locate your device, lock it or wipe its memory in the event that it's lost or stolen.
    • Do not join unfamiliar or suspicious Wi-Fi networks. When connected to unsecured public networks, be mindful of the apps you use and the data you send over these networks.
    • Consider enabling Private Browsing, or Incognito mode, from your mobile browser to prohibit cookies, passwords, autofill, and search history from being stored.
    • Limit loss by keeping your device physically secure on your person or in a safe location.