Are your mobile devices secure?

For most of us, smartphones and other mobile devices play an increasingly essential and varied role in our personal and professional lives; enabling us to do almost anything, from anywhere. 

Our devices can provide convenient access to our email, work, family, research, social media, banking and other personal or sensitive information, so keeping them secure is a necessity. If an unauthorised person was able to access your device, what might they be able to do?

These simple steps can help to keep your mobile devices and personal information safe: 

  • Protect your device with a password, PIN, or biometric authentication (e.g. fingerprint or facial recognition). If no authentication method is configured, someone could easily access your personal information if the device is lost or stolen.
  • Enable automatic screen lock. Locking the display or screen automatically helps to ensure that authentication is always required to unlock and access the device.
  • Enable automatic updates for the operating system and installed apps on your device. Software updates often include fixes for security vulnerabilities. Keeping your device operating system and apps up to date helps reduce the risk of your device being compromised.
  • Enable ‘Find My…’ remote device tracking. Most devices have a ‘Find My…’ feature that enables you to remotely track the device and erase your data if it is ever lost or stolen.
  • Ensure your device does not automatically connect to unknown wifi or hotspots. Unsecured public wifi and hotspots may seem convenient, but can make you vulnerable to attacks. Ensure your device is not configured to connect to unknown networks automatically.

Most recent mobile devices will support the configuration options and features described above. For device-specific instructions, consult the manufacturer website or documentation.

If you have further questions about securing mobile devices, or if your device is lost or stolen, please contact IT support.