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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
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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
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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.
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Tips to stay safe
  • Features to look for when buying
    • Remote delete capability
    • Encryption
    • Password protection
    • Easy to understand
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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
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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
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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
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