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Be Smart About Your Smartphone

PHOTO: UF student using smartphone

While it’s convenient to have everything on our smartphones, they are valuable targets for cyber criminals if left unsecured. Do all that you can to protect the device you can’t be without:

  • Set unique passwords for each app. We know it seems like a pain to do, but having unique passwords means if a hacker gets into one app they don’t necessarily get into everything on your phone.
    Consider a password manager to automatically create strong passwords.
  • Update your device’s software regularly. Do not ignore the “Updates” pushed out to your device! Your smartphone’s operating system needs to be updated frequently to ensure it has the newest security features. Check if your phone is up to date by opening Settings and selecting System Updates or Software Update.
  • Encrypt your data. Encryption translates the saved information on your device into an unreadable language to prevent hackers from stealing it. UF policy requires that all portable computing and storage devices used with university data be fully encrypted. On iOS devices, go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode. It should say, “Data Protection is enabled.” On Android devices, open Settings > Security > Encrypt Phone.

Visit https://security.ufl.edu/resources/mobile-device-security/ for more tips on securing mobile devices.