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Beyond WiFi: Securing Your Mobile Devices. Thomas Kuhn Information Technology Assistance Center (iTAC) Kansas State University. Where are we going?. A look at common security concerns with mobile devices including laptops Tips to secure your devices and keep your data safe

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Beyond wifi securing your mobile devices

Beyond WiFi: Securing Your Mobile Devices

  • Thomas Kuhn

  • Information Technology Assistance Center (iTAC)

  • Kansas State University


Where are we going

Where are we going?

  • A look at common security concerns with mobile devices including laptops

  • Tips to secure your devices and keep your data safe

  • Questions and open discussion


Common security concerns

Common Security Concerns

  • Do you know what data is on your device?

    • Sensitive emails

    • Sensitive documents

    • Financial information

  • Personal privacy

  • Open and free wireless access


Common security concerns1

Common Security Concerns

  • Theft

  • Support while traveling

  • Unprotected network connections

  • Nosey applications and features


Tips to stay safe

Tips to stay safe

  • For mobile devices

    • Setup a password or passcode to access device

    • Encrypt your information

    • Don’t store any more information than you need

    • Warning on storing information on internal data cards

    • Keep a close eye on your mobile device


Tips to stay safe1

Tips to stay safe

  • Applications and features gone bad

    • Keep an eye on geotagging apps and phone “features”

    • Read the privacy policy. You may be amazed at what you are authorizing the app to collect

    • Free is rarely free.


Tips to stay safe2

Tips to stay safe

  • Features to look for when buying

    • Remote delete capability

    • Encryption

    • Password protection

    • Easy to understand


Tips to stay safe3

Tips to stay safe

  • Keeping data safe when using

    • Try to keep to cellular data

    • Avoid any sensitive activity over open WiFi

    • Use a VPN client

    • Consider buying a MiFi device or high speed cellular modem for other devices


Tips to stay safe4

Tips to stay safe

  • If equipment is lost or stolen

    • Computrace or LoJack for laptops and netbooks

    • Remote delete capabilities

    • Report to mobile company ASAP

    • Contact the police

    • Keep a record of serial numbers and MAC addresses

    • Whole disc encryption


Tips to stay safe5

Tips to stay safe

  • Physical security

    • Use a lock on the laptop

    • Never leave unattended

    • Lock in safe

    • Keep doors locked

    • Consider a netbook for travel


Questions open discussion

Questions & Open Discussion


Thank you

Thank You


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