Passwords are a must
- Make sure that your device is password protected.
- Ensure that the password that you use is effective.
- Configure your settings to ensure that your device locks after a short period of time.
Keep track of important information
- Have your IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number written down or stored somewhere safe (you may access this number by typing *#06# in to your device or by looking on the back of your device behind the battery).
Software security is critical
- Keep device software up to date. This will ensure that the security features are working to their maximum capabilities.
- Do not remove or alter any of the manufacturer’s security features.
- Do not install any illegal software on your device.
The right app can help
- Only install applications from trusted sources.
- Install an application that will allow you to remove/erase data from your device remotely in the event of loss/theft.
- Install an application that allows you to track your device.
- Review all requests for permissions access carefully when installing applications.
Keep your eyes open for red flags
- Do not click on any links from emails or text messages that seem suspicious.
- Monitor your wireless bill for charges that seem suspect in case your device has been compromised.
- Clear the device of all personal data when recycling your cell phone. Click here for device-specific instructions.
- If using your mobile device to log on to Web sites, make sure that you completely log out after each session.
- Use only secure Wi-Fi networks.
- Turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections when not in use.
Watch out for “shoulder surfing”
- When using your device, look out for people staring over your shoulder. Use the same precautions that you would employ at an ABM and shield your device.
Always have a backup plan
- Treat your smartphone as a small computer and back up important files that you wouldn’t want to permanently lose.
- Check out device insurance options with your wireless service provider.