Mobile devices (laptops, tablets, PDAs, smart phones, portable storage media such as USB flash drives, tapes, etc.) make it convenient to access data anytime and anywhere. Accompanying this increased convenience is increased risk to data stored and transmitted on your mobile device.
Follow these tips to help secure your device and your data:
- Avoid storing and transmitting sensitive or restricted data on your device.
- Don't leave your mobile device unattended.
- Password-protect your mobile device, enable idle time lockout and auto-lockout.
- Use antivirus software to protect your device.
- Enable "remote wipe" feature if available.
- Carefully choose your apps, review privacy policies and remove unused apps.
- Install operation system and application updates and patches when available.
- Turn off Bluetooth, wireless and geo-tracking when not in use.
- Don't access sensitive or restricted data with public WiFi.
- Use encryption mechanisms to secure your data.
- Regularly back up data.
- Wipe or securely delete data from your mobile device before you dispose of it.
- Promptly report a lost or stolen device to DPSES. In addition, if your device contained sensitive data, contact the ITS Service Desk or firstname.lastname@example.org. Notify your cellular carrier to disable the device after you have remotely wiped it.
Visit Healthit.gov Mobile Security Guide for steps to protect health information and privacy when using your mobile device. Check out their five "Watch and Learn" videos, too.