Five tips for protecting your privacy on a mobile device

Martin Cooper of Motorola is credited with developing the first commercial cell phone in 1983. IBM is largely credited with developing the first smartphone in 1994, the Simon Personal Communicator. And Apple would of course revolutionize the smartphone with its introduction of the iPhone in 2007, materially modifying our behavior and the manner in which we communicate.

American theoretical physicist and futurist Dr. Michio Kaku sums it up best: “Today, your cell phone has more computer power than all of NASA back in 1969, when it placed two astronauts on the moon.”

Mobile device processing power along with improved Internet bandwidth and increased storage capacity renders your phone a prime platform for applications designed to collect, process and store data of differing value that could be monetized by bad actors. Your company and even personal files are at risk and security has arguably lagged behind the technology.

All is not lost, here are five things you should do to protect your data privacy and peace of mind.

1. Use a device passcode.  >>Click to Tweet this tip!>> The passcode protects your phone from unauthorized access and many phones only support device-level encryption if a passcode is set.

2. Enable auto lock.  >>Click to Tweet this tip!>> Auto lock automatically locks your phone after a prescribed time period forcing a passcode to access the phone.

3. Use a phone locator app.  >>Click to Tweet this tip!>> If you lose your smartphone, a locator application can help you find it and even lock or erase it remotely.

4. Be suspicious of public Wi-Fi connections.   >>Click to Tweet this tip!>> Beware of fake public Wi-Fi access points that may be designed to dupe you into connecting so that it can inspect your browsing sessions, including email traffic.

5. Look for the lock.   >>Click to Tweet this tip!>> When browsing on your phone, especially to financial, email or shopping pages that require you to submit sensitive data, such as passwords or credit card numbers, look for the lock in the URL, which indicates the connection to the site is secure.

So remember, mobile device security requires a little help from the user. Remain situationally aware and take these five simple precautions to protect you privacy. Looking to improve your device security even more? Learn how ShareFile mobile apps can help with features like remote wipe and best in class encryption.

  • Scott

    why no mention of using two factor authentication?

  • Mike

    I agree with the previous comment. While these 5 things are a good start, two-factor authentication and using some sort of secure password app like LastPass just makes sense.

  • vtnrd

    No argument here. Multi-factor authentication, two-step or two-factor, reflects an incredible value proposition.