Mobile and device security means that all the internet-connected devices you own are monitored, managed and protected from malicious activity. The more devices that become internet-capable, the more security is needed! The most common mobile devices are those connected to our network such as your laptop, phones, tablets, TVs, thermostats, etc. – also known as the Internet of Things (IOT).
What people can fail to recognize is that the mobile devices are computers and contain loads of personal information. From these devices, we bank, check our social media, pay bills, control aspects of our homes and much more. That means we routinely enter credentials and access our personal information. If our devices are compromised, our privacy and security are at stake.
- Install antivirus on your devices (where applicable) and ensure it stays updated.
- Run regular anti-virus scans on your machines. Scans can be scheduled to make it easier on you!
- Apply system updates to your devices regularly to patch vulnerabilities.
- Set up a device password and two-factor authentication.
- Check privacy settings for apps and devices.
- Segment your IOT devices to a network separate from your personal one.
- Turn off settings, like Bluetooth, when not in use.
- When accessing personal/sensitive information in public, be aware of what others can see. Threat actors will use techniques like shoulder surfing to attempt to view information on your personal devices.