Mobile Device Security

If you have a mobile device you are regularly accessing and storing personally identifiable information (PII) on that device.  Therefore, you should secure your mobile device in the same way you would your desktop or laptop.  Mobile device security may even be more important as your mobile device can be easily be lost or stolen. 

Following are some best practices that you can follow that will make it easy to secure your data.   You can simply take out your device now and you will be done in a few minutes.

Best Practices

  1. Require Authentication:  This is a simple step that many people fail to do.   All mobile devices have the ability to lock the screen and require a password or code to access it.   Detailed instructions for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Droid and Blackberry.
  2. Remote Wiping / Erasing Capabilities: Many mobile devices have the ability to locate and/or wipe your device if lost or stolen.  For devices that do not have this ability, there are third party apps available or this service may be offered through your carrier.
    1. iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad: Find my iPhone
    2. Droid:  Try SeekDroid or Prey or check with your carrier
    3. Blackberry:  Try Blackberry Protect or check with your carrier
  3. Turn Off Bluetooth:  When not in use, you should turn off Bluetooth.  Leaving your device discoverable can leave your device open to hackers.   Detailed instructions for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Droid and Blackberry.
  4. Use Physical Tethering: Invest in a good holster for your phone or bag for you iPad.  Keep your device on you at all times and never leave it unattended.
  5. Perform Updates:  Be sure to install firmware and software updates as the become available.  Many of these updates contain important security patches.
  6. Keep it Legal: Don't "Jailbreak" your iDevice or "Root" your Droid.  This can open your device up to security vulnerabilities.