Security Tips For Mobile Devices

Mobile devices are a convenient way to take information and databases anywhere you go. Unfortunately, their portability makes them a popular target for thieves. Sensitive information is often maintained within mobile devices such as laptops, mobile phones and handhelds (e.g., iPhones, iPads, PCs, and Macs). The following tips will assist you in safeguarding mobile devices, as well as the sensitive and proprietary information they may contain. 



  • Back up your data regularly and keep a current copy in a separate location. 
  • Keep mobile devices out of sight and secure whenever possible. 
  • Know what you have stored on your devices and periodically inventory their content.
  • Require passwords for all access to your mobile devices.



  • Don't store sensitive information (e.g., your password, credit card or telephone card data) in devices. Such devices often have limited security and are usually unable to withstand a determined attack. 
  • Don't leave a mobile device unattended. Mobile devices are easily lost or stolen. When traveling, carry the device as hand luggage and be cautious in public places (e.g., airports or hotels).
  • Don't discuss or view sensitive or proprietary information where others may be able to hear or view the information.