Secure Your Windows Phone or Tablet

If you are permitted to access or maintain sensitive institutional data using your mobile device. By meeting the minimum expectations below, you also protect your personal data.

Minimum Expectations

 

Settings

Require at least a 6 digit PIN or password for access.

Look under the lock screen setting. Instructions for settings on devices running Windows may vary depending on the device manufacturer and the version of Windows you are using. Consult the online or printed documentation for your device or search Microsoft SupportWindows Phone Support, or Surface Support for specific instructions.

Set a time limit for the password of 15 minutes or less.

Look under the lock screen setting. Instructions for settings on devices running Windows may vary depending on the device manufacturer and the version of Windows you are using. Consult the online or printed documentation for your device or search Microsoft SupportWindows Phone Support, or Surface Support for specific instructions.

Turn on data encryption.

Windows phones do not support user-managed encryption at this time.

Turn on Find My Phone to help you find or remotely erase your device if it is lost or stolen.

See Windows Phone: Find a lost phone for instructions, or search the Windows Phone website for information on your specific device.

Install VPN software if you expect to use un-trusted networks.

Untrusted networks include guest wireless in a hotel or coffee shop. The VPNs—Virtual Private Networks—provide a secure computing experience when accessing a company network from a remote location or when using a wireless connection.  Visit with a Runbiz support technician for help.

NOTE: VPN works on Windows Tablets, but does not work on Windows phones

 

Connections

Use a secure network connection. Your cellular carrier network is the best choice if you do not have a secured wifi to connect to.

Use your cellular carrier network and turn off wireless when you are not using it. If you use a wireless connection, make sure it is a secure wireless network.

Turn on the VPN if using un-trusted wireless networks.

Check your device's documentation for instructions for turning on VPN.

When not using WiFi and Bluetooth, turn them off.

 

Management

Keep your Windows operating system updated to get the latest security updates and improvements.

Keep your apps updated to get the latest security updates and improvements.

Only install trusted market apps, such as those from the Windows Store.

  • Do not install apps from other sources unless required for your work and is approved by your company.
  • Do not download apps offered to you via email, text messages, or web links.
  • Do not install apps offered on pop-ups from third-party websites.

Do not make unauthorized modifications to your operating system.

Do not unlock or otherwise bypass device security features that prevent you from changing your operating system or gaining privileged control to it. 

Be aware of where data is being stored and store sensitive company information only in approved locations.

Store and share sensitive company information using approved services that meet the requirements of regulation and policy.

  • Check the Sensitive Data Guide for services approved for use with specific sensitive data types.
  • Be aware that personal storage services should not be used to store sensitive company information, nor should these services be used to store information relating to university business.
  • Many Microsoft apps let you share files using OneDrive (Microsoft cloud storage). Do not do this if you work with sensitive company information.

If you travel outside of the U.S., be aware certain types of sensitive data cannot be accessed or maintained outside the country.

There are legal restrictions on certain sensitive data types (such as Export Control, HIPAA, and FISMA). See the Sensitive Data Guide for details.

Before you sell or give away your device, back it up then erase all content and settings.

See Reset my phone for instructions, or search the Windows Phone website for your specific device or version.

  • Keep your content and settings for your next device.
  • Prevent unwanted access from your old device.

Report security incidents.

If your device is lost or stolen and you've used it to store or access sensitive data, notify us through the  Runbiz Support Portal or by phone 806-322-2150.

 

Additional Best Practices

Consider these additional options for enhanced security for your device and the data maintained on or accessed from it.

  • Turn off GPS/location services for apps where you do not need it.
  • Set your web browser for private browsing. In Chrome, open the Chrome menu and look for the advanced privacy settings.
  • Turn on airplane mode when you do not need to use your phone, GPS, radio, WiFi, or Bluetooth. Look for the airplane, offline, flight, or standalone mode setting.
  • Avoid using public Wi-Fi hotspots.
  • Protect yourself online. Learn about strong passwords, how to protect your identity, how to avoid phishing scams, and more.
  • Put a sticker on your computer with your name and contact information. This low-tech, practical step enables somebody to contact you if they find your lost computer.
  • Travel safely with technology. Take precautions when you are away from home to protect your privacy and your company information.

 



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