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Protect Mobile Devices

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How Do I Protect My Mobile Devices?

Password lock your phone- You should ALWAYS secure your phone with a unique PIN or password. NEVER share this password with others. 

Keep software updated- Smartphones are like mini computers and often require updates. These updates provide better functionality and also fix critical security vulnerabilities. You should install these updates as soon as you are notified by your service provider. You can also change your phone’s settings to install updates automatically to ensure you are getting updates as soon as they occur.

Only download files from the app store- Online downloads are one of the top ways you can become vulnerable to scams, viruses and other unwanted malware. A good rule of thumb is to only download files from an app store or the website of a trusted company, no matter how tempting an application may be. 

Keep your device with you- Because mobile devices are so portable, one of the biggest threats is loss or theft. So, keep it with you when you are out. Don't set it somewhere and walk away.

Back up your files- Don't keep the only copy of your files on your mobile device. Make sure it is backed up somewhere else.

Protecting Specific Mobile Platforms

Android

Lookout is available from the Android market and provides antivirus and remote wipe (this feature must be set up before the phone is lost) features. If you store passwords on your phone, protect them in a password vault like KeePass

BlackBerry

BlackBerry phones provide many built-in tools to help you be secure. Read Smartphone Security Measures; this article provides great suggestions for protecting your Blackberry. For a lost or stolen BlackBerry, you can use the Erase Data and Disable Handheld command or Lookout security software.

iOS (iPhones and iPads)

Smartphone security suggestions are provided in the article, Smartphone Security Measures. If you store passwords on your phone, protect them in a password vault like KeePass. For a lost or stolen iPhone, Apple provides Find My iPhone (this feature must be set up before the phone is lost).

Also, The NSA provides a configuration guide for iOS.

Windows Mobile 

Smartphone security suggestions are provided in the article, Smartphone Security Measures.  If you store passwords on your phone, protect them in a password vault like KeePassLookout security software is available for Windows Mobile and provides antivirus and remote wipe (this feature must be set up before the phone is lost) features.

Disposing of Mobile Devices

Erase your mobile device before disposing of it. Most mobile phones and tablets have built in tools for erasing data. Check the device's user guide for instructions.