Best Practices in Securing your Mobile Device

It’s amazing to think about the computing power each of us carry around our pocket.  Mobile devices have replaced a number of other devices and have become nearly impossible to live and work without. However, with that power comes responsibility – the more we work on them, the more important it is to keep them secure.

Here’s an overview of things each of us can do to protect our personal devices and information:

  • Do
    • Use a strong password or PIN of at least 6 digits
    • Use biometrics to balance usability and security
    • Apply updates as soon as possible
    • Power the device off and on weekly
  • Do not
    • Jailbreak or root a phone
    • Click on unexpected links or attachments, which are harder to tell if they are malicious, on a phone
    • Connect to public WiFi networks
  • Disable
    • Bluetooth, WiFi, and Near Field Communication/NFC (for data sharing and mobile payments) when not in use
    • Disable location services when not in use
  • Avoid
    • Connecting to unknown removable media or charging sources
    • Installing any apps unless from a trusted source and official app stores, less is better
    • Popups, if any appear, force close out of applications

These are some very simple steps to take but can make a huge difference to achieving and maintaining your security.