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Mobile Device Security Tips

Mobile Devices

Like most people, you've probably accumulated a lot of personal information on your mobile device.  The valuable data makes these devices a target for thieves and cybercriminals.  These tips are especially important if university data is on the mobile device:

  • Use a password, passphrase, or passcode on your mobile device.  Set the lock feature to a few minutes.
  • Enable a firewall, when possible.
  • Install antivirus software, when possible.
  • Use encryption to protect your personal information, when possible.
  • Leave your Bluetooth off when not in use.
  • Do not save passwords or PINS to your mobile devices.
  • Use remote tracking software on your smartphone so you have the ability to locate, lock, and wipe it if it is lost or stolen.
  • Take note of your IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number.  An IMEI is your 14-16 digit serial number which identifies your smartphone.  If a device is stolen, it will be permanently unusable on most carrier networks, even if the SIM card is changed. 
  • Don't use public Wi-Fi.