Smartphone Safety

Almost all Americans, regardless of age, are using mobile devices. Often, mobile devices are used for sensitive activities, including banking, online shopping and social networking. Some of these activities require users to provide personal information such as their names, account
numbers, addresses, email addresses and passwords. Moreover, apps routinely ask for access to information stored on the device, including location information.

Use Common Sense to Avoid Theft

The NU police log is full of instances where a little care could have avoided a stolen phone. Do not leave your phone unattended, an opportunitic theif could steal it. When walking be aware of your surroundings and not engrosed in your phone. Someone could run up and swipe the phone out of your hand. On the subway or bus do not stand near the door holding the phone in one hand as someone could grab it just before the door closes.

Remember, your life is more important than your phone. If you are threatened with harm, give up your phone and report the incident to NU Public Safety or the Boston Police.

Think Before You Connect

Before you connect to any public Wi-Fi hotspot–like on an airplane or in an airport, hotel, train/bus station or café – be sure to confirm the name of the network and exact login procedures with appropriate staff to ensure that the network is legitimate. Using your mobile network connection is generally more secure than using a public Wi-Fi network.

Keep It Locked

Use a PIN or code to lock your phone when not in use. This will prevent a third party from quickly using your phone to spy on your information or install malware. If your phone is stolen a locked phone will help prevent the thief from accessing your private information.

Update Your Mobile Software

Treat your mobile device like your home or work computer. Keep your operating system software and apps updated, which will improve your device’s ability to defend against malware.

OS Specific Security Information

Kaspersky: 10 tips to make your iPhone even more secure

Android Specific Security Features

Information from USGOV:Stop.Think.Connect