Smartphone and Tablet security advice
Use a PIN to protect your devices from casual unauthorised use.
(do this right now)
Smartphones and tablets may contain a lot of confidential information, possibly including banking details.
Treat a smartphone like your wallet or purse.
Treat a tablet like your laptop.
Steps that can be taken to increase the security of your smartphone:
- Use a PIN to protect the phone/tablet from casual unauthorised use. (do this right now)
- Set a timeout to lock the device.
- Consider configuring remote wiping. Some manufacturers provide remote wiping as a service. Contact your supplier for details
DID YOU KNOW?: Devices which use 'Activesync' (iOS, Windows mobile, some Android) to connect to your University email can be remotely wiped using the appropriate email web interface (at http://www.gla.ac.uk/it/webmail ) under options > mobile
- Be careful which apps you install and the permissions you give them.
- If you configure GPS location services, be aware of what information they share.
- Email security rules apply for smartphones and tablets.
- Keep a copy of your IMEI number (if applicable)in case of loss or theft.
- Backup the information on your devices.
- Ensure secure disposal of your devices at end of life.