March: Securing Mobile Devices
Sample Tweets, Posts, and Materials to Promote Mobile Security
Authors: by Christina Bonds Published: Monday, December 14, 2015 Columns: Security Matters
Campus Security Awareness Campaign 2016
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Mobile device theft is on the rise. Educate your end users about what they can do now to secure and protect their data and their devices. Below are some ready-made messages that you can customize for your community.
Get the Word Out
Mobile devices have become one of the primary ways we communicate and interact with each other. The power of a computer is now at our fingertips, allowing us to bank, shop, view medical history, attend to work remotely, and communicate virtually anywhere. With all these convenient features come added risks, but here are some tips to protect your devices and your personal information.
- Password-protect your devices. Give yourself more time to protect your data and remote wipe your device if it’s lost or stolen by enabling passwords, PINs, fingerprint scans, or other forms of authentication.
- Secure those devices and backup data! Make sure that you can remotely lock or wipe each mobile device. That also means backing up data on each device in case you need to use the remote wipe function.
- Verify app permissions. Don’t forget to review app specifications and privacy permissions before installing it!
- Update operating systems. Security fixes or patches for mobile devices’ operating systems are often included in these updates.
- Be cautious of public Wi-Fi hot spots. Avoid financial or other sensitive transactions while connected to public Wi-Fi hot spots.
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Share these resources with end users or use them to inform your awareness strategy.
Brought to you by the Awareness and Training Working Group of the EDUCAUSE Higher Education Information Security Council (HEISC).