Mobile devices, whether used for business, personal or educational purposes, have the capacity to greatly increase convenience. But to do so, they require sensitive data that can be compromised if your phone, tablet or other device lands in the wrong hands. Safeguard yours by adhering to these simple yet effective practices, each recommended by the security specialists at KeyBank:
Set your phone or tablet to automatically lock when not in use, and use a unique password to unlock it.
Do not store login information on your business phone. Regularly delete text messages and old calendar entries, clear browser history, and delete files. Remove all information prior to disposing of, recycling or donating your device.
Contrary to popular belief, text messages are not secure and may be intercepted. This is why KeyBank will never send your name or account number via text message.
When a caller or text sender asks sensitive questions or directs you to take specific action such as dialing a number or visiting a Web site, confirm their identity before proceeding. If there is any doubt, contact the organization directly using a number from an authoritative, independent source – not from the caller in question.
If your mobile device is Web-enabled (as most are these days), follow the same security precautions you use on your laptop computer.
If you're a business owner, be sure your staff understands the importance of protecting sensitive information and update your security policies and contingency plans to address mobile access and mitigate the associated risks.
Disconnecting Bluetooth, a non-secure connection, helps prevent attackers from obtaining information or sending malicious code into your device.
Police need to know a device's make, model, and serial number to investigate theft. Write down your phone or tablet’s basic information somewhere secure before taking it out of your home or office.
The information and recommendations contained here have been compiled from sources believed to be reliable and represent the best current opinion on the subject. No warranty, express or implied by KeyBank, is made as to the absolute correctness or sufficiency of the information contained. This is meant as general information only; particular situations may require additional actions.
This document is designed to provide general information only and is not comprehensive nor is it legal advice. If legal advice or other expert assistance is required, the services of a competent professional should be sought. KeyBank does not make any warranties regarding the results obtained from the use of this information.