• Best Practices for Mobile Device Security

     
  • As mobile adoption and usage continues to grow, the risk of loss of personal identifiable information and confidential data through advanced mobile malware and traditional means has become more real. Sophisticated fraudsters can use stolen information to gain access to your device and steal funds or intellectual property from your company.

    To protect yourself, consider the following best practices to secure your smart phone or tablet device.

    • Lock your mobile device with a unique, strong code or password. Avoid common words or phrases that may be easy to guess.
    • Avoid malware by only downloading and installing legitimate mobile apps from established sources like Apple’s App Store℠ or Google Play™. Use caution when downloading copycats or clones of popular apps or games, as these apps typically come with the threat of mobile malware.
    • Set up passcodes 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 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 request to access data and services on your device. Carefully evaluate if these apps legitimately need this information before providing 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.
    • For iPhones and iPads, enable Apple Find My iPhone™ or if you are on an Android device, turn on Android Device Manager™ to allow you to track your device in the event it's lost or stolen. When enabled, these tools allow you to locate your device, lock the phone or wipe its memory.
    • 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. 
    • And as always, limit loss by always keeping your device physically secured on your person or in a secure location.

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