Mobile Device SecurityIn this section:
Mobile devices like laptops, smart phones, and USB flash drives are convenient ways to capture and store data. They also introduce risk to personal privacy and university data.
To reduce the risk of theft of personal or university data specifically from a smart phone – whether the device is lost, stolen, or inadequately protected in a wireless environment – students, faculty, and staff are strongly encouraged to follow these best practices:
Secure your data and email
Turn off wireless and geo-tracking
Choose your applications wisely
Use a password/lock
Be skeptical about
Always use MWireless for a secure (password-enabled) WiFi connection. Before using the service, you will need to configure settings on your WiFi device. See Connecting to MWireless and UM Wireless Network.
Traveling with mobile devices poses extra risks to personal and data security. Review the Mobile Computing Guidelines for Travel on protecting your data and devices while traveling.
Putting a plan into place for securing your data will help you:
This white paper provides more background information and specifics related to securing mobile devices while conducting university-related travel or field research.
February 22, 2013