How to Protect and Secure Your Mobile Device

Monday, December 9, 2013, 11:42 AM


Mobile devices are convenient for many reasons; with mobile devices you are always connected, they are easily accessible, and cost efficient. However, as with most things, they have their inconveniences too. Easy to access also means easy to steal (physically.) Being constantly connected makes it easier for hackers to steal personal information and data. For these reasons, it is essential to protect mobile devices. Read the following for some helpful tips.

1. Create a Complicated Password

Some of the most popular passwords are ‘123456’ or a pet’s name. These kinds of passwords are easy for criminals and hackers to decipher. For help with creating a more difficult password, visit Password categories that are effective are old telephone numbers or childhood addresses.

2. Activate Remote Wipe

Remote wipe is a built-in security feature. It allows a mobile device owner or network administrator to remotely send a command to a device and delete data. In the case that your device is lost or stolen, you can erase all sensitive information by tapping a few buttons.

Activation for this feature varies according to the carrier, manufacturer, and device. It is available for almost all devices, excluding e-readers. For those devices , contact customer service as soon as possible.

3. Install Antivirus Software

Contrary to popular belief, antivirus software doesn’t work just on a home PC; it can protect your mobile device as well. Free and solid protection is available from companies like AVG and Avast. For maximum effectiveness, update the software often.

4. Be Careful With Wi-Fi

Places that offer free wi-fi such as airports, coffee shops, and other places aren’t the safest. This is the easiest place for hackers to access your personal information. Never do any banking or purchasing while using public wi-fi. It is safest to only complete those actions via private networks.

6. Don’t Modify Your Device

Do not purchase a device that has been “jailbroken” or “rooted” and do not modify it yourself. If purchased or modified, it makes it easier for others to access your personal information.  "Jailbreaking" or "rooting" your device makes it more convenient to customize; however, by disabling the original security restrictions, worms, viruses, spyware and more, will infect your device. 


These tips are the most cost effective and easiest ways to protect your mobile devices. If you do want an outside warranty, consider vendors such as SquareTrade which are low-cost. Although protecting your device is important, you don’t have to pay someone else to do it for you.