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Protect Your Portable Devices

It is important to make sure you secure your portable devices to protect both
the device and the information contained on the device.

The following outlines steps you can take to protect your mobile communication
device. Some of the steps are dependant upon the functionality of your device.

  • Use a password to access your device. If the device is used for work purposes,
    you should follow the password policy issued by your organization.
  • If the Bluetooth functionality is not used, check to be sure this setting is
    disabled. Some devices have Bluetooth-enabled by default. If the Bluetooth
    functionality is used, be sure to change the default password for connecting
    to a Bluetooth enabled device.
  • Do not open attachments from untrusted sources. Similar to the risk when using
    your desktop, you risk being exposed to malware when opening unexpected
  • Do not follow links to untrusted sources, especially from unsolicited email or
    text messages. Again, as with your desktop, you risk being infected with
  • If your device is lost, report it immediately to your carrier or organization.
    Some devices allow the data to be erased remotely.
  • Review the security setting on your device to ensure appropriate protection. Be sure to encrypt data transmissions whenever possible.

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Additional information and resources for educating citizens on cyber issues and implementing sound cyber security practices are available at the following websites:


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