Mobile Device Security Recommendations.
- Treat your mobile device like your wallet - keep it safe and on your person at all times.
- Remember your mobile device is a computer - all the same security rules apply. This includes checking the authenticity of websites, not clicking on links from people you do not know, and watching out for phishing scams (by email, text or even voicemail) asking for person information.
Secure Your Mobile Device.
- Turn on the security features of your mobile device. All mobile devices have security settings, therefore familiarize yourself with them and turn them on.
- Many mobile devices allow users to set a password or Personal Identification Number (PIN) that must be entered to use the device. Passwords and PINs make it more difficult for thieves to steal your personal information if your mobile device is lost or stolen.
- Put a PIN on your SIM card (if applicable) and password on your mobile device so that thieves cannot steal your mobile device credit and or run up your mobile device bill.
- Consider installing security software from a reputable provider. Anti-virus, anti-theft, anti-malware and firewall software is available for some mobile device operating systems. Check with your device manufacturer for recommendations.
- Check for updates to your mobile devices operating system regularly. Install them as soon as they are available - these updates often contain changes that will make your device more secure.
- Bluetooth lets you wirelessly connect to devices and transfer information over short distances. For Bluetooth to work, devices need to see each other and then connect. It is best to leave your phone in undiscoverable mode (hidden) so that it is only visible when you specifically need other people or devices to see it. This means that hackers cannot easily see your phone and they cannot easily connect to it unless they already have your Bluetooth address. When connecting using Bluetooth, do so in private, uncrowded areas only.
- Be smart with Wi-Fi. When connecting to the Internet using Wi-Fi, try to use an encrypted network that requires a password and which you are sure is operated by a reputable provider.
- Change your settings so that your mobile device asks permission to join a new wireless network.