How to for Mobile Device Security

Even the simplest cell phones carry enough data to be dangerous in the wrong hands

Everyone is mobilizing. Our lives, not just business but also personal, have become entwined with our cell phones (or is it vice versa?). “Cell phone” isn’t even the right term anymore for many people, who use their BlackBerrys, iPhones, and other smartphones almost as much as they use their computers. This makes our mobile devices and the data they contain just as important as our laptops and desktops. Add a direct Internet connection—which very few people secure—and the likelihood of physical loss or theft and you’ve got a recipe for disaster.

There are a number of things you can do to avoid a data-theft disaster. Here, we tell you how to keep your phone, data, and passwords safe. One final note: When you get rid of your phone, make sure you wipe it clean. Follow the directions under our How To Safely Dispose of Your Cell Phone or visit Sascha Segan’s instructions on deleting data when you no longer want to keep your phone.

Other Tips:

  • Don’t store sensitive information in an easily readable form
  • Make sure your web browsers do not remember your passwords or store cookies
  • Back up your phone data often
  • Do not leave your phone in a publicly accessible place
  • Be cautious of what software and applications you install
  • Be aware of anything that looks slightly suspicious – better to be safe than to have lost all of your sensitive information