Mobile Device Security

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There are trojans and viruses for cell phones!


When installing an app, users should be cautious about what permissions the app asks for.

Do not download apps that want access to information that is not pertinent to the app's primary purpose.

Caution also needs to be exercised while browsing the web. Some internet advertisements are actually portals to malware that can infect a mobile device.

It's crucial to install antivirus software on a mobile device.

Android in particular has Unlock With WiFi.

Also for Android: Application Protection (Free): This lets you protect an unlimited number of individual apps with a password of numbers or a pattern like the Android system supports. It's a relatively simple app protector. But you can configure whether to always prompt for the password/pattern, unlock the individual app until the phone is locked again, or unlock all protected apps until the phone is locked again.


•Enable the passcode lock. You use a four-digit PIN to keep other people from using your debit card, so why not do the same with your iDevice? To enable the passcode lock: ◦Go to Settings > General > Passcode Lock ◦ Switch it to On ◦Select your PIN ◦While you're on this screen, make sure to go to Require Passcode and choose how often your passcode is required. Mine is set to Immediately. •Enable auto-lock. Separate from the passcode lock, you can configure your iDevice to auto-lock after a period of inactivity. ◦Go to Settings > General > Auto-Lock ◦Choose the length of time between when you set your iDevice down and when the auto-lock function takes effect (between 1 and 5 minutes). •Enable local memory wipe. A very patient thief could figure out your four-digit PIN in time, unless you configure your iDevice to automatically delete its data after 10 failed login attempts. Since your data is already backed up in iTunes, the only thing you've lost is your hardware. To enable local memory wipe: ◦Go to Settings > General > Passcode Lock ◦Switch Erase Data to On

•Enable confirmation of Wi-Fi connections. Chances are you’ll use your iDevice to login to a number of different websites. That's a lot of usernames and passwords floating around in the air. To make sure you always know which network your phone is connected to, enable confirmation of Wi-Fi connections by doing the following: ◦Go to Settings > Wi-Fi > Ask to Join Network Connections ◦Switch it to On •Disable Bluetooth. Do you use Bluetooth? If not, there's no reason to leave your phone open to connections from other devices. Disable Bluetooth by doing the following: ◦Go to Settings > General > Bluetooth ◦Switch it to Off