Mobile Device Security

That smart phone, tablet, or laptop you carry all contain important information about you, from photos and bank account information to credit card numbers and even your exact location at a given moment.


These devices make you just as susceptible to identity theft, phishing, and malware as your computer does. Please consider the following precautions:

Keep your devices updated.

Keep your operating system and apps up-to-date to defend against malware and other online threats.

Delete apps when done.

Many of us download apps for specific reasons and now we no longer need them. You should delete all apps you no longer use or need.

Secure your device.

Use strong passwords and passcodes to lock your device. This will protect your information in case the device is lost or stolen.

Treat your info like money.

Your personal information can be used to steal your identity and business information. Consider who you give your information to and how it is collected through apps and websites.

Own your online presence.

Use security and privacy settings on apps and websites to manage what is shared about you and who sees it.

Be aware that you are being tracked!

Some stores and locations look for devices with Wi-Fi or Bluetooth enabled to track your movements. Disable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth when not in use. This also saves battery life.

Be smart about Wi-Fi hotspots.

Public wireless networks and hotspots are not secure and could allow anyone to see what you are doing on your device when connected to them. Limit your activity on public Wi-Fi and avoid logging in to key personal accounts like email or financial sites. Consider using a virtual private network (VPN) or a personal hot spot for a more secure connection. Lamar University provides secure remote access via VPN for employees and students. VPN instructions and downloads.

When in doubt, do not respond.

Phishing text messages, calls, and emails are on the rise. Do not give out personal or financial information, usernames or passwords.

Do not "jailbreak" or "root" your phone.

This voids your warranty and makes your phone less secure and more vulnerable.

Download apps only from trusted sites.

Only download apps from trusted sites such as the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and keep them updated.

Limit permissions granted to apps.

Restrict permissions granted to apps to prevent access to your personal information.