In recognition of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, the Office of Safe and Secure Computing is bringing you tips to stay safe online. Our fourth weekly topic is mobile device safety.
Enable Screen Locks with password/PIN/pattern/fingerprint protection to auto-lock the screen when the device has not been used for several minutes. This helps protect your phone from unauthorized use in case of loss or if you leave it unattended.
Find or wipe your lost device. Be ready in case your phone is lost or stolen by configuring “Find my device” functionality, such as “Find my iPhone” for IOS or “Android Device Manager” for Android.
Stay safe from malware.
Only connect to trusted, encrypted WiFi networks using “WPA2” connections when possible. When traveling, inquire with location employees as to the official WiFi network’s name. Do not join unknown Wi-Fi networks.
Tell your device “Forget joined network” after temporarily using a guest Wi-Fi network when traveling to avoid automatically reconnecting to networks with the same name.
Disable Bluetooth and Wi-Fi when you are not using them.