PSMail Quicktips: Mobile technology has become far more than just a convenient way to talk with one another: it has become our most indispensible tool. With it we organize our schedules, store our entertainment, manage our finances, connect with our social network, and…well, nearly everything we do can have some connection to mobile technology.
Which is all the more reason to be concerned about hackers and other nefarious threats. Here are seven way you can keep your information safe while using your device.
1. Enable Encryption: One step that is often overlooked is simple: make sure encryption is turned on for every device you use, and use the available security controls.
2. Use Authentication: This is your own personal password for your device. Remember to use a phrase, numbers, and/or uppercase letters to ensure that the password is secure. Also, make sure you use a unique password for your device, not one you use on other websites/services.
4. 3rd Party Applications Permissions: Provide only the minimum required access to third party applications. Some apps request access to your contacts, location, calendars, photos and other sensitive data. Make sure you provide only what is necessary, and disable any access that you might have provided unintentionally or for temporary purposes. It’s not a bad idea to review your applications and delete/uninstall apps that you only needed for a short time (such as a conference application or a hotel app you used while overseas).
5. Keep a Clean Device: Regularly clean your browser cache, cookies, and session data, and routinely remove applications, files, and certificates that are stored on your device. This is a good way to eliminate unnecessary information that might be hacked by software or by someone who physically manages to steal your device.
6. Backup Your Device and Test Your Backups: Backup your mobile device with reliable software, and test your backups for a safe restore. If you see any strange behavior on your mobile device, attempt a rollback to your best backup, thus testing your backup for reliable restoration.
7. Lost Cell Phone Service: If your provider has an option for “Lost Cell Phone” service, use it! Be well aware of the procedure for reporting your lost cell phone. If you lose your phone while traveling internationally, make sure that you have either remote/self wipe capability or the ability to lock down your device remotely. Many service and device providers have their own plans in case of a lost cell phone.
Mobile devices provide innumerable resources as we organize and structure our lives. But with great power and dependence comes great danger. Protect yourself by taking the necessary precautions.