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The following is helpful information on how to improve your mobile security.
Lock Your Device
A lost or stolen smart phone or tablet may ruin your day with having to find those contacts again, the money you spent, etc... Now think about this. What information do you have on your phone or tablet that may ruin your research, department, or University if it were to fall in the hands of someone else? Would an email that is in your account cause NDSU to be out of compliance? Do you have a password saved for your bank account? A key combination, swipe pattern, or password would eliminate a lot of worry.
They are the coolest things that smart phones and tablets have come up with; little bits of code that check your mail, report trending topics, calculate your gas milage, or show you where Jupiter is located right now. Know where your apps come from, most phones and tablets have their own place to purchase and install applications for your device. Make sure that you read what the app is going to have access to, what the app is going to report, and costs associated with the app. For the most part these repositories vet the apps before you are allowed to download them, however, its not a bad idea to read several pages of reviews from other customers before installing a strange app on your mobile platform.
Every phone or tablet manufacturer performs routine updates, usually several times a year, make sure you do not skip the updates, however, with updates, you may wish to wait a few days after the updates are made public before installing, just so if there are problems with the updates, those are fixed before your device gets them. But make sure that your device remains up to date with it software.
Smart Tips to Protect Your Device and Your Data
- Configure your mobile device to be secure and safe
- Enable a numerical key, swipe pattern or complex password on your device.
- Set the device to auto-lock after X number of minutes of inactivity.
- If available, enable remote wipe on your device should it become lost or stolen.
- Never leave your device unattended. Know its whereabouts at all times.
- If your device should become lost or stolen, report it immediately to the proper authorities.
- If you send and receive NDSU email or store NDSU related data on your mobile device, notify the NDSU Help Desk immediately; they will assist you with remotely wiping the data from the device.
- Back up your data on a regular basis.