Mobile devices are increasingly important in the computing landscape. Many people have their phone with them continually and check it regularly. A large percentage of total Internet browsing is done from mobile devices. The advent of mobile versions of enterprise applications like Outlook, Teams, OneDrive, Word and Excel mean that people can also easily work from their devices.
The importance of these devices to both our daily personal and work lives means that we should know the best ways to be secure when using them.
Mobile Device Security - App installation
Enable a security PIN, inactivity auto-lock, and the built-in encryption
Apply automatic updates for the operating system and apps
Use the AppStore & iTunes or Google Play for apps, games and media
Some apps may be harmful, so use caution when installing. Don’t install apps that ask for permissions that don’t make sense for the app. Read an app's reviews before installing it. Delete apps that you’re not using.
For the best experience, use major vendor apps, like the Firefox or Chrome browsers and Microsoft Outlook email app
Use the University’s GlobalProtect VPN, especially on public/free WiFi
Enable find my phone, lock my phone, and remote wipe features
Up Your Mobile Device Security Even More
Devices not receiving security updates should be replaced. Security updates typically occur every 3-6 months, and at least yearly. Since mobile device apps and user accounts are highly integrated, it is important that the entire device get regular security patches.
Be on the lookout for mobile-specific threats like Vishing (phishing voicemails) / Smishing (phishing text messages). The people behind email phishing campaigns will also target your phone. Be wary and double-check legitimacy of suspicious messages.
Install anti-virus for mobiles, such as Sophos Intercept X for Mobile from Google Play. Just like computers, mobile devices can be infected with viruses, malware and dangerous apps.
Disable Bluetooth, NFC (tap payments) and GPS location services if not being used. This will increase your security and privacy, and extend your battery life.