10 Tips For Securing Your Mobile Device

1. Use password protection and authentication to lock the screen.  Most mobile devices will allow you to use a personal identification number (PIN) or security pattern to lock your screen.  This will make it more difficult for a thief to access your data and provides the first layer of security on your device.

2. Never click on a link in an SMS text message, on Twitter, or in an email.  This is a good rule for any internet connected device as it could lead to a phishing site or any other number of possible malware sites.

3. Use remote wipe utilities.  In the event your phone is stolen or lost remote wipe utilities can be activated from your home PC to secure your phone.  Remote wipe utilities will wipe all data from your phone which may be your only if your mobile device is in the wrong hands.

4. Update your platform/ operating system software.  Most cellular carriers and many manufacturers will post regular patches and updates to mobile device software.  Make sure to keep them up-to-date to ensure they are patched for any new security vulnerabilities.

5. Update your apps.  Much like your platform software any other software installed on your mobile device will need regular updates to ensure security vulnerabilities are kept in check.

6. Use antimalware and antivirus.  Your home PC isn’t the only device that needs antivirus and antimalware programs.  Now your mobile devices do too.  Install one on your phone to provide another layer of security on your mobile device.

7. Secure your wireless network.  When your mobile device is not connected to your cellular carrier or signal is weak Wi-Fi is certainly the next best option.  Wi-Fi can be the best option in some rural areas or if you have a bandwidth limit on your data plan.  Ensuring your Wi-Fi network is secure with a firewall and authentication and encryption turned on and not on default can help stop data theft.

8. Always review an app first.  Never install an app, unless you know where it is coming from.  It might be free, but don’t trust it unless you know it is safe.  Check around on the internet or ask peers about the company offering the app.

9. Don’t let your mobile device out of your sight.  It is very easy to have a mobile device disappear if you leave it on a table at your local coffee shop.  If you have to leave your spot put your mobile device in a pocket or purse or backpack even if you plan on only leaving for a moment.

10. Plan for the worst.  Whenever you put any information on your phone think about how it could be used if it were stolen.  Keep ultra-sensitive personal information somewhere other than your mobile device.  Your life may revolve around your mobile device, don’t make it easy for someone else to abuse your personal data. 

By: Adam Hellquist