The portability of mobile devices makes them easy targets for theft

The devices you own store sensitive information and offer access to networks and systems that store even more.
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Securing your mobile devices

When you are on the go with your mobile devices, consider these tips:

Use a passcode or biometric identification
Create strong passcodes for your device and include a timeout feature requiring authentication after a period of inactivity. When available, use biometric identification, such as facial recognition, for even stronger protection.

Never leave your device unattended, and transport it in a hidden area
Leaving your device unattended will open you up to risks, so it is essential that you keep an eye on it.

Avoid conducting financial transactions over public wireless networks
It is best to avoid making online purchases or accessing financial information from public Wi-Fi. If you must do so, though, make sure the site is protected through “https,” which provides a more secure connection.

Only install applications from legitimate application stores
Malicious applications often come from unapproved sites.

Know the data that applications can access on your device before you download
Typically, you will be asked for permission to let an app access certain data on your device. Keep in mind that some apps only access data that they need to function while others may gain access to data unrelated to the purpose of the app.

Download the latest operating system updates and security software
Updates often enhance functionality and repair security vulnerabilities.

Enable location tracking and remote wipe software, if available
Enabling this feature will help you find your device if it happens to go missing. The remote wipe software will also assist you in erasing the device’s data from a distance if it is lost or stolen.