It’s important to secure all your mobile devices to protect both the device and the information contained on them from being compromised. Here are six easy ways to protect your mobile devices from hackers:
- Always use a password to access your device. If the device is used for work purposes, you should follow the password policy issued by your organization.
- If the Bluetooth functionality is not in use, disable it. Note: Some devices have Bluetooth enabled by default. Be sure to check, and change the default password for connecting to that Bluetooth-enabled device.
- Never open attachments from untrusted sources. Similar to the risk when using your laptop or desktop, you risk being exposed to malware when opening unexpected attachments on portable devices.
- Do not follow links to untrusted sources, especially from unsolicited email or text messages. Again, as with your laptop or desktop, your portable devices risk being infected with malware.
- If your device is lost, report it immediately to your carrier or organization. Some devices allow the data to be erased remotely.
- Review the security setting on your device to ensure appropriate protection. Be sure to encrypt data transmissions whenever possible.