Mobile Device Security

Need help securing your mobile phone, tablet, iPad, or other device? Simply select your device's operating system below.


iOS devices - iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch

Basics

  1. Set a passcode. Open the Settings app and navigate to General > Passcode Lock as shown.

    clip_image001_000


    To set a 4-digit PIN, tap Turn Passcode On and set the PIN. Enter the PIN again to confirm it. To set an alphanumeric PIN, switch Simple Passcode to off, then tap Turn Passcode On. Enter and then confirm your alphanumeric password.
     
  2. Set an idle time lockout. This setting determines the amount of time your device can be idle before a passcode is required to unlock it. (A shorter time is better.) Open the Settings app and navigate to Settings > General > Auto-Lock and set the timeout length.
     
  3. Turn off Bluetooth. Open the Settings app and navigate to General > Bluetooth. Switch off Bluetooth.
     

For more security

  • Limit the amount of personally identifiable information (PII) on your device. This includes social security and ID numbers, addresses, and other information that would enable someone to steal your identity.
     
  • Turn on fraud protection. (This setting will enable detection and notification of malicious websites.) Open the Settings app and navigate to Safari. Switch Fraud Warning on.
     
  • Install all OS updates. Connect the device to your computer and have iTunes check for updates.
     
  • Store the device in a safe place (think front pocket or purse instead of hanging out of your backpack or on your car's passenger seat).
     
  • Do not store application passwords or website passwords with AutoFill. You can turn off AutoFill in Settings > Safari > AutoFill.
     
  • Regularly connect the device to your computer to initiate a backup. In case of theft or loss, you can get a device back to the saved state very quickly. You can also have iTunes encrypt the computer backups.
     
  • Use ND-Secure when connecting wirelessly to Notre Dame.


BlackBerry

Basics

  1. Set a passcode. Navigate to Options > Security > Password. Highlight Disabled and click the trackwheel; select Change Options, then select Enable, then Enable, then Yes.
     
  2. Set an idle time lockout. Navigate to Options > Security > Security Timeout. Highlight the current time and click the trackwheel; select Change Options, then set the new time. Hit Escape, then select Yes. Shorter times are safer.
     
  3. Turn off Bluetooth. Navigate to Options > Bluetooth; highlight Enabled. Click the trackwheel and select Change Options, then Disable Bluetooth.


For more security

  • Limit the amount of personally identifiable information (PII) on your device. This includes social security and ID numbers, addresses, and other information that would enable someone to steal your identity.
     
  • Install all OS updates. 
    Windows: visit http://us.blackberry.com/update and install the BlackBerry plug-in.
    Mac: visit http://us.blackberry.com/update, download the BlackBerry Desktop Manager, and connect the phone to your Mac
     
  • Store the device in a safe place (think front pocket or purse instead of hanging out of your backpack or on your car's passenger seat).
     
  • Do not store application passwords or website passwords.
     
  • Regularly connect your device to your computer to initiate a backup. In case of theft or loss, you can get a device back to the saved state very quickly.
     
  • Use ND-Secure when connecting wirelessly to Notre Dame.
     

Android

Google's Android operating system is available from a large number of vendors with differing settings and versions. Your device may have different settings and menus.

Tablet Device:


Basics

  1. Set a passcode. Navigate to Home > Menu > Settings > Location & Security > Set unlock pattern, then select Next and

    clip_image002_002

     then Next.  Draw your pattern, click Continue, then repeat the pattern to verify. (Note: when drawing the pattern you cannot touch the same dot twice.) Click Continue once more to set the pattern.
     
  2. Set an idle time lockout. Navigate to Home > Menu > Settings> Sound & Display > Screen timeout. Set the screen timeout length. Shorter times are better.
     
  3. Turn off Bluetooth. Navigate to Home > Menu > Settings> Wireless Connections and uncheck Bluetooth.


For more security

  • Limit the amount of personally identifiable information (PII) on your device. This includes social security and ID numbers, addresses, and other information that would enable someone to steal your identity.
     
  • Make sure all OS updates are installed. Update notifications are sent to your phone by the carrier; make sure all updates are installed when you are able to, as these often contain important security fixes and improvements. Also, do not install unofficial or unsigned OS releases. These may not have the same security standards as official releases and could even be malicious in nature.
     
  • Store the device in a safe place (think front pocket or purse instead of hanging out of your backpack or on your car's passenger seat).
     
  • Do not store application passwords or website passwords.
     
  • Regularly connect your device to your computer to initiate a backup. In case of theft or loss, you can get a device back to the saved state very quickly.
     
  • Use ND-Secure when connecting wirelessly to Notre Dame.