Mobile devices are great. They’re also easy to lose and easy for someone to steal.
A few simple steps can prevent disastrous losses. Here’s how to protect cell and smart phones, laptops, tablets such as iPads, portable media players such as iTouches, even thumb drives:
- Passwords are your first line of defense. Make sure every device is protected with a password or PIN (personal identification number). Ideally, the password should include a variety of letters and numbers, some upper and some lower case. And don’t forget to change it from time to time.
- Passwords help, but if your laptop is stolen and the thief moves your hard drive to another computer, the password is useless. That’s where encryption takes over. It’s not as exotic as it sounds. Windows 7 has it built in. When working on a document, it will appear quite intelligible; but when closed, it will revert to encrypted form. This is especially useful for sensitive material. And it even works for content stored on thumb drives.
- Did you know that the campus offers software that tracks lost laptops? It’s called Computrace. For more information, contact Tony Kolodziej at Anthony_Kolodziej@uml.edu or at Ext. 4761.
- Keep sensitive data off your mobile devices as much as possible.