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Security | Mobile Device Security

Take action now to help safeguard your devices.

The use of mobile devices has exploded over the past few years, to the point where most people own at least one. Although individuals and organizations use them as computers every day, devices are often left vulnerable to attack.

Mobile device security protects data on portable devices and their connected networks. The term “portable devices” includes more than just smartphones. It covers digital notebooks, tablets, and even laptop computers.

There are a number of factors that could pose a threat to your device, including, but not limited to:

  • Theft
  • Downloading malicious, third-party mobile apps (like spyware)
  • Visiting malicious, phishing, or compromised websites
  • An unsecured Wi-Fi network
  • Phishing via email, text, social media, or calls
  • An operating system that is not regularly updated

To protect your personal information, we recommend you always follow these best practices:

  • Keep your devices in a safe location
  • Use two- or multi-factor authentication
  • Create strong, unique passwords
  • Keep the device’s operating system current
  • Update Apps when new versions become available
  • Implement firewall protection
  • Install antivirus and anti-malware software, and keep it current
  • Encrypt sensitive data
  • Avoid using public or unsecured Wi-Fi networks
  • Install a Virtual Private Network (VPN)

For organizations, implementing a device management system can help ensure:

  • Compliance with company security policies, as well as laws and regulations that may vary by industry, location, etc.
  • Device registration that reflects proper ownership
  • Protection against leaks or breaches that could expose sensitive company data
  • Scheduled updates for operating systems and apps
  • Oversight as to which software is permitted to be installed on a device
  • Support of employee-owned devices used for work purposes
  • Ongoing enrollment of company and/or employee-owned devices
  • Timely, secure, on- or off-site data backup
For more information on protecting your personal or company devices and safeguarding your data:

View Mobile Device Security Facts from the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security

View Mobile Device Best Practices from the National Security Agency, PDF, 2MB

View Mobile Device Security Information from the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence