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Mobile Security Tips

Mobile devices such as laptops, smart phones, iPads, tablets, and usb flash drives can contain confidential data.  The fact that these devices are mobile makes them particularly vulnerable to threats, since they can be easily accessed, misplaced, or stolen. Take precautions to ensure each of your devices are protected.

Mobile Devices and the Boston College Data Security Policy

In compliance with Boston College's Data Security Policy, the following should be considered when working with mobile devices:

  1. Non-public BC data should not be accessible to anyone who obtains a lost or stolen device.
  2. Any non-public BC data stored on a device must be encrypted.

Tips on Mobile Device Security

  1. Install Updates - All mobile device software and downloaded applications should be kept up-to-date. The antivirus software on your laptop and other mobile devices should be configured to download updates as they become available.
  2. Use Built-In Security Features
    1. Enable auto-lock.
    2. Enable the device to erase all data after 10 unsuccessful passcode authentications.
    3. Set complex passwords for your mobile device. Learn about how to create a secure password.
    4. Enable remote wipe.
    5. Turn on location apps for your phone such as "Find my iPhone"
    6. Encrypt your mobile device if your device supports the feature.
  3. NOTE: Not all mobile devices include these security features.
  4. Do not use auto-complete features that remember user names and/or passwords.
  5. Backup - If possible, backup important files in case your device is lost or stolen.
  6. Remove all data from the device before selling or discarding your mobile device.

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