The popularity of mobile devices means they are a lucrative target. Adequate security must always be practiced with phones, tablets, laptops, and other electronic equipment which is portable. This includes:
- Password protection must always be enabled on mobile devices. Even a 4-digit PIN is better than nothing, although short credentials are relatively easy to guess. If the phone offers fingerprint or face recognition, that can be more convenient and may be more secure.
- If a device offers it, enable encryption. Consider additional apps to encrypt individual files or other sensitive information.
- Most phones and tablets now permit remote erasure and locking in case it is lost or falls into the wrong hands. Enable this capability immediately so it is available when needed.
- Many Android and iOS devices have a setting where the system is locked if too many incorrect logins are attempted. Consider turning this on to avoid thieves trying to guess a PIN or password.
- Do not leave devices unattended anywhere. Likewise, avoid flashy laptop bags or anything else which draws attention to valuable equipment.
- Some PC’s include a “Kensington lock” socket so a cable lock can be used for physical theft protection in public spaces.
- Protect devices in hotel rooms. Use a Do Not Disturb sign when possible to minimize people entering. Hide devices in your space and use the room safe if available. Keep in mind, however, that room safes are subject to hotel employee overrides and are not highly secure.
Optional Video: Watch Bite-Sized Video – Protecting Your Mobile Devices [6:40 minutes] for additional information on ways you can prevent losing devices and data.