Steps you can take to keep your mobile device safe.
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Taking precautions on a regular basis can reduce the risk your home or mobile devices will be comprised. There are a few setting options you can enable that will allow you to surf and shop online securely.
- Did you know aside from locking your mobile device, you may also be able to lock the applications as well.
- Some applications have the option to be locked separately. Check within the applications settings for options.
- Android users can also download an app that will allow them to lock additional applications that may not have that option built in.
- IOS doesn’t offer additional applications with this option, however many apps are offering the option to use fingerprint recognition.
- If you’re done updating your status, tracking your shipping, and double tapping cat pictures, log out.
- It may make things easy for you to stay logged into your accounts on your mobile device, but it also makes it easier to compromise your device.
- If you employ a password manager you don’t have to worry about saving your log in credentials on each app, this way if your device is compromised your accounts won’t be.
- Android users have the option of installing additional antivirus to their mobile devices
- IOS is less susceptible (although not completely immune) to viruses
- Samsung Galaxy users have Knox automatically installed on their device for additional protection.
- To see if your phone is protected visit: https://www.samsungknox.com/en/knox-supported-devices/my-knox
- Don’t jailbreak your device.
- The steps you have to take to allow your device to be jailbroken leaves it vulnerable to attacks, by disabling built in security.
- Avoid public networks when you can.
- While free wifi is very appealing, using public networks can make you vulnerable to attack.
- Take advantage of device location offered through your cell or OS provider
- Android and Apple users have the ability to enable this service on their device out of the box.
- Other Apps are available with additional options, such as the ability to take a picture from both cameras, and setting off an alarm if the device is stolen.
- Visit http://www.androidauthority.com/best-find-my-phone-apps-for-android-and-other-find-my-phone-methods-too-565016/
Detailed information regarding device security and other IT security topics are available on our IT Security website at: www.fordham.edu/SecureIT or from our blog at fordhamsecureit.blogspot.com
If you believe your device has been infected or compromised, please contact IT Customer Care at (718) 817-3999 or HelpIT@fordham.edu.