Mobile devices are small and lightweight, easy to carry with you — and also easy to misplace and lose. Below are some good practices and a video with tips to play it safe with mobile devices.
Secure your device
- Create a strong password for your mobile device that is easy to remember, but hard to guess. Don't use common words, names, birthdays or any personal information in your password.
- Use your device's auto-lock feature. We recommend you set your auto-lock to take effect 5 minutes from the last activity.
- Don't share your device with others. Since you can't set separate passwords on your mobile device, like you can when logging into computers, it's best not to share your device with anyone.
Back up and protect your data
- Back up your data regularly. We recommend syncing your mobile device with your computer.
- Delete any text messages or emails that contain sensitive information. We recommend that you never disclose sensitive, personal information about yourself via a text message or email. Sensitive personal information can include your driver's license number, social security number, password, and account numbers.
- Mobile device companies regularly provide updates to the mobile device operating system which include security patches. Check with your device manufacturer for information on how to get the most recent updates
Download secure applications
- Be cautious about what applications you download. Prior to installing a new app, check the ratings and comments to be aware of what the app does and what information it may access on your mobile device.
- Be aware that malware (viruses and trojans) and fraudulent applications exist. Only download mobile applications from authorized application stores.