It's that time of year again – school is back in session and many children will take with them personal devices such as smart phones, laptops and tablets. These devices have become indispensable tools in education and communication but they also contain some risk if not used properly and securely.
Since these devices commonly have personal information on them, it is important to follow good safety practices to protect these devices. Please review these tips and share them with your family to promote the secure use of personal devices.
- Use password protection on all personal devices such as iPads, iPods, tablets, laptops, and smart phones.
- Never leave your personal device unattended, especially in public areas.
- Do not share passwords with friends that could give them access to your personal information and social network accounts (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook).
- Avoid saving or sending unflattering or personal pictures of yourself or someone else on your personal devices. Once on the internet, these will live on indefinitely.
- If using someone else’s computer or personal device make sure you log off of all of your social networking accounts when finished and always respect their privacy as well.
- Familiarize yourself with and enable applications for locating lost or stolen devices, like Apple Find My iPhone and Google Device Manager. If your personal device is stolen, report it to your local police department. Other apps, like LoJack and GadgetTrak, are also available on the third party market to assist with device location.
If you have any questions, please contact the Red Cross Information Security team.