Protect your device from prying eyes.
Our mobile gadgets are loaded with PII - personally identifiable information - and other nuggets of private data. Making matters worse, our handheld devices are easy to misplace. (Just ask the Apple employee who left his iPhone prototype at the bar . . . .)
Here's a sampling of the sensitive info that's found on most smartphones:
· Passwords to unencrypted websites (Facebook, web-based email providers, etc.)
· Wi-Fi network info
· Personal information stored in third-party apps
· Calendars and contacts
· Notes, documents, photographs, and more
In the wrong hands . . . well, let's not think about it. Fortunately, there are a few ways (requiring varying levels of effort) to protect your smartphone - and yourself - from snoops. Here are five ways to protect yourself and your information.
1) Easy. Set up a password lock:
For Android: Go to Menu > Settings > Location & Security
For Blackberry: Go to Options > Security Options > General Settings
For iPhone: Go to Settings > General > Passcode Lock
For added security, you can set up automatic wipe-out protection when someone repeatedly enters the wrong password.
2) Essential. Set up remote data-wipe capability. If you lose your phone, this allows you to remotely erase data.
For iPhone: Go to Find My Phone
For Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone: Go to Lookout Mobile Security
3) Best practice. We know, we know. Staying current with OS updates can seem like a fulltime job. But it's worth it. These updates often include important security patches.
4) Smart. Read the fine print before installing third-party apps. What kind of information will these services collect or share? Do an overall "sniff test" before downloading anything, and make sure it comes from a reputable source (i.e., an official app marketplace).
5) Gold-star material. Install a malware detector and firewall (for Android, Windows 7, or Blackberry).
If you have any questions or would like help securing your business SmartPhones, please contact our support department at firstname.lastname@example.org.