Ten Security Tips for Personally Managed iPhones and iPads - Slide 6

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When possible, avoid or limit the use of wireless networks. When not actively using wireless, turn it off to prevent any accidental exposure.

  1. Go to Settings > Wi-Fi
  2. Set "Wi-Fi" to OFF

Resist the temptation to use free Wi-Fi access points. These typically offer no protection for wirelessly transmitted data, meaning that anyone in the vicinity could intercept all traffic, transmitted or received. Instead, if it is absolutely necessary to use a wireless network, choose a known one and ensure that its traffic is encrypted, preferably with WPA. Protected networks are designated in the list of available networks by a picture of a lock next to their names.

To avoid accidentally joining an untrusted network, turn off "Ask to Join Networks." This will not prevent your iOS device from reconnecting to networks it has joined in the past, but it will require future wireless connections to be made manually by selecting a network from a list.

  1. Go to Settings > Wi-Fi
  2. Set "Ask to Join Networks" to OFF

Note: Even if this setting is disabled, your phone will still automatically rejoin previously visited networks that have not been explicitly forgotten.

Another precaution is to choose "Forget this network" at the end of every wireless session. This will reduce the chance that your iOS device may accidentally join another wireless network with the same name. It is important to select this option before leaving the physical range of the network in question. Otherwise, the network will no longer appear in the list of available networks, and it will not be possible to remove it.

  1. Go to Settings > Wi-Fi
  2. Select a network from the list
  3. Set "Forget this network"

Smartphones, tablets and other mobile computing devices are becoming our go-to devices when it comes to getting things done, especially outside of the traditional office setting. They're just too convenient, and the increasing power packed into these gadgets means that some of them are worthy (or nearly worthy) of supplanting the laptops and desktops they once supplemented.

However, the smaller form factor of these devices, the "nomadic" nature in which they are used and the proliferation of different strategies (or inadequate ones) for securing these devices means that they create their own kinds of risks to your business data.

Given the risks, it’s important to adhere to strong security practices, especially if your device is personally managed and not administered by your company’s IT department. This slideshow features recommendations from The Information Assurance Mission at the NSA for securing your personally managed iPhone or iPad.

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