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Kick start National Cyber Security Awareness Month by securing your mobile device

Author: ITS

Posted on Oct 2, 2017

Category: News , IT Security , General Interest

It's National Cyber Security Awareness Month! Join ITS in building a more cyber-safe UNB this October - keep an eye on tidBiTS for weekly tips on how to help protect your personal information and devices, as well as those of the university, from cybersecurity threats.

Start by giving your mobile device a security tune-up.

Today, mobile devices are used for far more than just talking; we use them to browse the web, access our accounts, and store files and information just as we would a desktop computer or laptop. Not surprisingly, they are also quickly becoming more and more susceptible to cyberattacks.

Protect your mobile device from harm’s way:

Keep it under ‘lock and key’

  • Use a strong password that is hard to guess and unique to that device. Always manually set your own password or PIN rather than use your device’s default password security settings.
  • Set your device to auto-lock so it locks after a short period of time when you’re not using it.
  • If you use your mobile device for confidential activities, use encryption to add an extra layer of security to your personal data.

Keep it up-to-date

  • Check for updates for your mobile device and apps on a regular basis. Updates can contain powerful security fixes and features to help protect your device against the latest hackers, viruses and malware.

Be careful when using Wi-Fi

  • Avoid connecting to unknown or non-password protected Wi-Fi networks, even if they are private. An unknown or unsecured Wi-Fi network is an open invitation for hackers, fraudsters and malware to access your device and data.

Setup remote location and wiping

  • Take advantage of built-in features and apps that let you remotely locate and erase all the data stored on your device. These security features can help you protect your personal information and even relocate your device if it is ever lost or stolen.

Visit http://go.unb.ca/itsecurity to learn more about how you can help protect yourself and UNB from cybersecurity threats.