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Mobile Device Security Tips

Mobile devices contain a large amount of sensitive data with contacts, photos, locations, and often banking information. Many times we do not think about the need for mobile device security, but mobile devices, like all devices that can access the internet, are vulnerable and need to be secured. There are many ways that you can secure your mobile device. We have compiled some tips to help you ensure your device is secure.

  • Lock your phone by requiring a code or biometric access to it.
  • Keep codes or passwords secure.
  • Keep your device’s operating system up to date.
  • Do not “jailbreak” your device because this circumvents security measures on the device. Jailbreaking means the person has bypassed the internal protections and has unrestricted access of the operating system.
  • Use antimalware software on the device.  
  • Only download mobile apps from known app stores like Google Play or the App Store.
  • Do not click on links in texts or emails that you don’t expect.
  • Do not download attachments you aren’t expecting.
  • When charging your mobile device, use a power cord vs a USB cable if you don’t control the charging source.  For example, you can use a USB cable to charge a phone with a portable charger.  Don’t plug into public charging stations with a USB cord.  Plug the cord into an AC adaptor.

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