Cyber Security Awareness Month - Settings for Security

Are you keeping your mobile devices as protected as possible? Start with your connection. Make sure you know the security levels, concerns and considerations of any wireless network you are using. When possible, configure your device to use CaseWireless campus-wide.

Settings for Security

Almost every device can be made more secure and private with just a few clicks by turning on basic measures in its settings. Among others, these include:

  1. Use a passcode instead of a PIN; consider using a pattern or fingerprint if you can
  2. Set the screen to lock when the device is not in use
  3. Use encryption to protect your data
  4. Backup your data online or to your computer
  5. Reduce the idle time before sleep
  6. Limit the notifications that appear on your home screen

Apps for Safety

Download apps to make you and your device even more secure. Suggestions to start with include:

  • CWRU Shield can increase your personal security on campus and respond to emergencies
  • Duo Mobile is the key app for DuoSecurity "two-factor authentication." It provides added authentication of CWRU systems in case of compromised password/lost phone
  • Apps for mobile security and malware detection--such as Lookout
  • Google Device Policy (Android) or Find My iPhone permit you to monitor the location, send an alarm and remotely wipe your mobile device from your CWRU Google Apps account

Further Notes

Save yourself time and headaches by making regular backups in case of system crash, lost phone or just changing/upgrading to a new device. Common tools include iCloud, Samsung Cloud and local backups (e.g. your desktop’s hard drive).

Finally, be aware that connected mobile devices can be hacked. You can tell by various ways, including unusual or higher bills and the device just acting strangely. Monitor your device's activity and performance, be alert for oddities and use malware detection/security apps.