Information Technology Services (ITS)

Mobile Security Tips

Published on: October 6, 2015

Mobile devices enable us to get online wherever we are. Although mobile devices — from smart watches to phones and tables — can be extremely useful and convenient, there are also potential threats users may face with such technology. It’s important to understand how to protect yourself when connecting on the go.

6 Mobile Security Tips for U of T Cyber Aware Month Campaign in October

The following are basic security tips to keep in mind when using mobile devices:

  1. Use strong passwords.

    Change any default passwords on your mobile device to ones that would be difficult for someone to guess. Use different passwords for different programs and devices. Do not choose options that allow your device to remember your passwords. We recommend that you do not repurpose your UTORid password for other services.  Check out the new UTORid password policy and change your password to a stronger password.

  2. Keep software up to date.

    Install updates for apps and your device’s operating system as soon as they are available. Keeping the software on your mobile device up to date will prevent attackers from being able to take advantage of known vulnerabilities. ITS regularly published any major security vulnerabilities and best ways to protect your devices in our News section

  3. Disable remote connectivity.

    Some mobile devices are equipped with wireless technologies, such as Bluetooth, that can connect to other devices. Disable these features when they are not in use.

  4. Be careful what you post and when.

    Wait to post pictures from trips and events so that people do not know where to find you. Posting where you are also reminds others that your house is empty.

  5. Guard your mobile device.

    In order to prevent theft and unauthorized access, never leave your mobile device unattended in a public place and lock your device with a security PIN when it is not in use. Disable text message previews on your home screen for added privacy.

  6. Know your apps.

    Be sure to review and understand the details of an app before downloading and installing it. Be aware that apps may request access to your location and personal information. Delete any apps that you do not use regularly to increase your security. Take time to review the permissions the apps are asking for and see which ones are voluntary or mandatory for app use. Only use authorized app distributors such as the Apple App Store or Google Play. 

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