Why do I need to secure my mobile device?
The loss of mobile devices and the data they possess is of particular concern to the university. All members of the university community who store or access personal or confidential information on mobile devices should ensure that adequate protection is in place on their devices, including the use of strong passwords, and encryption where appropriate.
What should I do?
The following information is provided to help you keep your mobile devices secure.
Android 6x and up Devices
- Setting a Passcode / Word
- Enabling Device Encryption
- Enabling the Device Manager
- Configure U of S Wireless (uofs-secure)
- Configuring the Cisco AnyConnect VPN
Use of an anti-virus app is recommended for Android devices. There are a number of options available, including: Sophos, AVG and Bitdefender. These apps can be downloaded for free through the Play store.
Apple iOS 10 Devices
- Setting a Passcode / Word (automatically enables device encryption)
- Configuring Find my iPhone
- Configure U of S Wireless
- Configure VPN
Devices Not Listed
The steps for implementing the security features of your device are likely similar for Android and iOS even if your device is running a newer version than listed here. Devices that use other platforms will work best on campus if they support Exchange Active Sync (EAS) and full device encryption. Attempts will be made to keep this information up to date; however, consider following up with your local IT Support, or contacting the device manufacturer for assistance with setting up your device's security features if you have any difficulties.
What else can I do?
Physically Protect Your Devices
Keep your computers and mobile devices physically safe and password-protected. If your computer or mobile device supports disk encryption consider enabling it. If your device has a “find” setting or app, turn it on to help you locate it if it goes missing.
Take IT Security Awareness Training
Online information security training is available to all members of the university community. The training modules take you through best practices for how to protect your personal information and contribute to a safe information technology environment for the university.