Picking a password can be tough. Ryan Spence explains the risks and the nature of secure access to a device, through pin, password, biometric and other means. Explore how various security requirements for mobile devices protect your device differently. Learn how to implement strong security on your device to robustly protect your data.
- Security on my mobile device…begins with basic device access.…Most devices will allow use without setting up security.…However, it is now common practice…for device manufacturers to nudge me…toward the use of secure access…when I'm initially setting up a device.…For Android devices,…access can be either through a swipe,…pattern, PIN,…password or fingerprint.…On an Apple device,…I can set access security using…a four-digit numeric code,…custom numeric code,…custom alphanumeric code…or touch ID where it is available.…
Without security measures,…my device will be accessible…immediately after I turn it on…or wake it from sleep.…Although this is certainly easy,…it means my phone and what I do on it…are all available to anyone holding it.…This is akin to leaving home with your door unlocked.…Leaving your phone with no security…is not a good idea.…Pattern security makes it just a bit more secure…than no security.…It's easy to witness and duplicate…and it has too limited a set of options.…
There are better options than using a pattern…
- Understanding mobile security risks
- Buying and disposing of mobile devices
- Setting up mobile passwords
- Implementing lock screen security
- Adjusting Android admin settings and iOS privacy options
- Setting up options to find your phone
- Securing cameras, microphones, and other hardware on your mobile device
Skill Level Beginner
1. Considering the Need for Security
2. Securing an Android Device
3. Securing an iOS Device
4. Securing Device Hardware
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