Safe Computing on the Go
Laptops, smartphones, and tablets provide convenience and mobility in our business and personal world today. Many users install firewalls and antivirus software to protect data on their laptops and phones, but these measures will not guard against theft of the actual device. A minor distraction is all it takes for a laptop or phone to vanish. If your device is stolen, you could lose more than an expensive piece of equipment, you could lose your identity and personal security.
Keep these tips in mind when using your mobile device:
- Make a habit of keeping your mobile device with you, and always keep them within your sight. For instance, do not pack mobile devices in checked luggage;
- Do not store passwords, credit card data, bank information, or any other personally identifiable information on the device;
- Use a startup PIN or password to protect your device. If your data protection is not strong, you could be the target of identity thieves;
- Encrypt any confidential business information stored on the device; and
- Note your device’s serial number and keep it in a safe place. Consider subscribing to a “data wipe service” to protect your information in the event your device is lost or stolen.