Students taking classes with Susan Furtney, information technology program chair at Minnesota School of Business–Lakeville, know the importance of keeping their information protected on mobile devices.
The students put together the following tips and tricks to keep personal information secure and private on mobile devices.
- Use a voicemail password.
- Turn off Near Field Communication (NFC) in settings.
- Turn off Bluetooth when not in use.
- Add an antivirus to your device. Many can be found on the device’s app store; some antivirus apps are free, while others have a cost.
- Turn off location sensor when not needed.
- Have and use a passcode for the device.
- Don’t check sensitive information (bank account, credit card, medical records, etc.) on public networks, i.e. places such as Starbucks, McDonald’s or libraries.
- When downloading applications, be sure you’re OK with the permissions the app wishes to use.
- Don’t leave your mobile device unsupervised.
- Don’t give your passcode to anyone.
- If your device supports SD card usage, do not insert random, unknown SD cards into it.
When downloading applications, consider the following:
- Does the app want access to system control features?
- Are there suspicious system requests?
- Is there a vague description of what the application does?
- Look at application ratings and reviews—people will post comments if the application tends to be untrustworthy, malfunctioning or malicious in its intent.
- Where did the application originate from?
- Avoid the app if there is non-specific or missing developer credentials.