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10 Easy Ways to Increase the Security of Your Mobile Device 


Smartphone and tablets sales have skyrocketed over the past several years, equipping the majority of consumers with quick access to a massive amount of useful information. For many of those users, this includes sensitive personal information, such as login IDs, passwords, banking account and purchase histories, and social data. Are you taking steps to protect the information on your device from getting into the wrong hands?

Whether or not you choose to use BankIowa Mobile Banking, we encourage you to take steps to protect your information. Here are some simple ways that you can increase the security of your mobile device:

1)  Set up your security code lock screen. This helps prevent unauthorized individuals from gaining access to your data.

  • iPhone: Settings, Passcode, Turn Passcode On. If Simple Passcode is Enabled, you will use a 4-digit number for your passcode. For stronger protection, Disable the Simple Passcode. This allows you to use any combination of letters/numbers/symbols from 5-15 characters long.
  • Android: Tap the menu button from the home screen. Choose Settings , My device, Lock Screen. Screen Lock. Select screen lock type from a variety of options and security levels. 

2)  Don’t reuse your password or passcodes for banking or other apps.

3)  Set an idle timeout that will automatically lock the phone when not in use to help prevent unauthorized access of your data.

4)  Only download apps from trusted sources.

5)  Don’t choose automatic login for banking or other apps that contain your sensitive information. It is an easy way for someone to be able to change your passwords and/or phish for more information to defraud you or your family.

6)  Only use secure networks to access personal information with your device. Fraudsters often set up in public locations and disguise their network to look like it is owned by a nearby business. When you use their unsecure Wi-Fi, they can gain access to the data you transmit.

7)  Delete mobile banking text history.

8)  Use mobile security software. Your mobile devices are not immune, so protect them from viruses just like you would your home computer. Several options are available for free or for purchase. Popular PC/Mac antivirus software companies also offer mobile solutions, so you may want to check first with a company you trust.

9)  Set up a Location tracker. Several apps are available that allow you to login on a different device to get the GPS coordinates of and/or sound an alarm on your device that has been lost or stolen. A few to try: Find My iPhone by Apple or Lookout for Android.

10)  Remote wipe if necessary. In the case that your device is lost and you want to keep someone from accessing your information, it may be a good idea to “wipe” that information remotely. A remote wipe service might be available with the security software or location tracker you have selected above. Your mobile provider should also be able to do this at your request.