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

  • Set a passcode
  • Set an idle time lockout
  • Turn off Bluetooth when you're not using it
  • Turn on Find my iPhone
     

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. Apple sends an alert to your phone whenever an update is available.
     
  • 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 back up your device to iCloud or to iTunes on your computer.
     
  • Use eduroam 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 so we are unable to have detailed instructions.


Basics

  • Set a passcode on your lock screen
  • Set an idle time lockout
  • Turn off Bluetooth when you're not using it


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 back up your device.
     
  • Use eduroam when connecting wirelessly to Notre Dame.