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IT Support Center

Information Security Education and Awareness

Mobile Device Security


Most people secure their homes, families, and desktop computers, but forget to secure their mobile devices. Use these tips to keep yourself, your device, and your data safe.

  • Fill out your emergency contact information
    Most mobile devices allow you to fill out emergency contact information that can be accessed from the lock screen without getting into your phone. If your device is lost and found by someone or if you are in an accident this information can be crucial.
  • Turn on your lock screen
    Enable the lock screen with a password or PIN so someone cannot just pick up your phone and have access to your photos, contacts, email, etc.
  • Encrypt your device
    Encrypting your device will prevent someone from getting your data if your device is lost or stolen.
  • Don't root or jail-break your device
    Rooting your device may allow you to do some interesting things, but it puts you at a much higher risk of getting malware.
  • Backup Accidents happen.
    Backup your data often so you won't lose your precious photos and other data in case your device is destroyed, lost, or stolen.
  • Location sharing
    Don't allow just any website or app to know your location. Find out why they need that info first.
  • Install a phone locater app
    If your device is stolen or lost, a phone locater app can help you and/or the police find your device.