Our Mobile Devices Know Everything About Us
Consider how much information is on your phone or mobile device. Most of us have personal data, credit/debit cards, or account credentials on our devices. It is important to safeguard that data so you don’t fall victim to data leaks, or even identity theft.
How can you keep your sensitive information safe?
- Password/PIN/Fingerprint protect your mobile devices before leaving. If your device is lost or stolen, it will be harder for someone to gain access.
- Autofill features have become useful tools, but if your device is stolen or compromised, it can lead to easy access for criminals.
- Only use password protected Wi-Fi. Open/Public WiFi is not as secure.
- You can use a VPN when traveling to better protect your connections.
- Always back up important documents.
- Geolocation settings can be harmful in the wrong hands. Your phone knows where you are, where you’ve been, or where you hang out.
- Bluetooth is a feature that can also lead to compromise. Criminals can potentially take control of your phone. Remember to disable Bluetooth when you aren’t using it.
- If you lose a university owned device, report it immediately.
Check account information regularly
Always check financial accounts regularly for fraudulent activity. The sooner you catch it, the better.
Make sure to log out of your account when you’re done!