Secure your smartphone and tablet

Follow the steps below to make sure your smartphone/tablet is well protected.

Set up a strong password

Depending on your phone/laptop’s capabilities, set up:

  • a strong password, or
  • an access code (preferably six characters), or
  • a pattern lock, or
  • a biometric lock.

A password is the safest option and a pattern lock is the least safe, because it is easy to spy on through “shoulder surfing”. For in case biometric lock does not work, you should also set up a password, access code or pattern lock as well.

Set up automatic screen locking

Make sure your screen locks automatically when you are not using your phone or tablet. It should preferably lock directly, and in any case within five minutes.

Keep your software up to date

Software updates enhance the security of your software. Moreover, they boost the speed of your laptop, smartphone and tablet, and provide access to the latest features. Do not forget to update all your other internet-connected devices as well.

Switch on the functions to find and lock your phone remotely

Switch on your smartphone’s location sharing function, so that you can find it again when you have lost it. If you believe that your smartphone has been stolen (or that you will be unable to find it again), you can use the location sharing function to lock your phone remotely and erase your personal data.

In the event of loss or theft of a mobile or tablet containing organisational data, report it to the ICTS Service Desk straight away and also immediately change or block the password for your AUAS institutional account (and any other accounts).

Tips on using your smartphone/tablet securely

  • Do not store any confidential data on your phone or tablet.
  • Before you install an app, always check its reliability.
  • Never jailbreak your device. If you do, your device’s manufacturer will no longer be able to guarantee that your device is secure.
  • Never use unsecured Wi-Fi networks (in trains or bars). Use your own data bundle (4G). If you still want to use free public Wi-Fi, always log in using a secure VPN connection. You can download eduVPN free of charge

Published by  ICT Services 30 November 2023