Mobile devices are a great tool to enable work and communication on the go. With the convenience offered by mobile devices, however, comes a risk to personal privacy and university data.
Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to follow the guidelines below to protect personal and University information in the event of a lost or stolen mobile device.
Secure your data and email
- Avoid storing sensitive data on your phone
- Use the storage encryption feature on your phone to protect your private data (contacts, photos, etc.) in case your phone is lost or stolen (Android 3.0 and later)
- Use SSL encryption (https) for browsing and webmail whenever possible
Turn off wireless and geo-tracking
- Keep optional network connections (e.g. WiFi and Bluetooth) turned off except when you are using them
- Turn off GPS and data when not in use – it can be used against you by criminals and stalkers
- Don't access personal or financial data when using public WiFi
Choose your applications wisely
- Download apps from trustworthy sources
- Don't install a new app until it had established a good reputation
- Update your software and apps; remove unused apps
Use a password/lock code
- Use strong passwords
- Set the screen timeout to 5 minutes or less
- Avoid using auto-complete features that remember names or passwords
Be skeptical about links
- Avoid links to untrusted sources, especially from unsolicited email or text messages
- Don't let your guard down when using your phone in a casual setting such as a bar or a restaurant. It's easier to click a suspicious link when you are distracted.
Tips for keeping your device secure