Device Security

Your personal devices can contain sensitive and confidential data about yourself. Here are some of the best practices for keeping your devices secure from unwanted access:

8 Ways to Keep Your Devices Secure

1. Use a password or PIN to lock your device

This is a first-line of defense to your data and information!

2. Enable auto-lock feature

This locks your device when it is not in use and adds yet another barrier to your data.

3. Research an app BEFORE you download it to your computer

Android applications do not have as strict of a procedure to get released, and can be released outside of the Google Play Store. Ensure that what you are downloading is legitimate.

Did you know that phones are the most susceptible to malware known as a "Trojan hourse"? This malware hides in a seemingly harmless app, like a game or special keyboard, but they can contain hidden code designed to exploit or damage the system.

4. Turn off your Bluetooth unless you are actually using it

Do not accept files over Bluetooth unless you know the file and sender. If you do not recognize the file, it could be a virus.

5. Update your software regularly

Software updates often fix security holes that have been discovered. The longer you wait to perform and update, the longer your computer remains vulnerable.

6. Do NOT plug unknown devices into your computer

If you come across a USB in a lab or on the floor, DO NOT plug it into your computer. It could contain a virus and infect your computer. Take it to the Computer Hep Desk and they can securely dispose of it.

7. Back-up your computer

An offline computer backup is the only way to retrieve your data if you are compromised by a phishing attack, ransomeware, computer virus, theft, physical damage, or hard drive crash.

8. View more device protection information and tips

View our Safe computing habits for students page for more information and tips on how to protect your devices.