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Tuesday, September 4, 2012 - Almanac Vol. 59, No. 2
Top 10 Tips for Securing Your Smartphone or Tablet
"With great power, comes great responsibility." Many of us have more computing power in small, hand-held devices than we had in our desktops a generation ago. These amazing machines have proliferated in the last few years thanks to their relatively low cost and ability to deliver "anytime, anywhere" access to our email, data and applications. But their small size and desirability also make them highly susceptible to loss and theft, and their ground-breaking platforms and functions pose new challenges for security and privacy.
With this in mind, Information Systems and Computing (ISC) has developed the "Top 10" tips for securing your smartphone or tablet. These recommendations are easy to understand and implement on your own or with assistance from your Local Support Provider (LSP). Suggestions include:
- Enabling a pin or password on your phone to prevent unauthorized access
- Keeping your device's software up to date
- Backing up your data and contacts
- Using a device location service in case the phone is ever lost or stolen
You can review all ten tips for smartphones and tablets on ISC Information Security's website here: www.upenn.edu/computing/security/checklists/Top10/