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Ten Security Tips for Personally Managed iPhones and iPads

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    AutoFill should be disabled in Safari. This will prevent Safari from storing potentially sensitive contact information on your device, such as usernames and passwords.

    1. Go to Settings > Safari
    2. Set "AutoFill" to OFF

    JavaScript support can be disabled to prevent maliciously crafted JavaScripts from harming your iOS device. However, disabling JavaScript can make many websites unusable, so it may be necessary to leave it on. If it is practical:

    1. Go to Settings > Safari
    2. Set "JavaScript" to OFF

    Cookies can compromise personal information and browsing habits. To prevent this from happening, disable them when possible or set your iOS device to only accept cookies from visited sites. The following setting is unlikely to break the functionality of most websites:

    1. Go to Settings > Safari > Accept Cookies
    2. Set "Accept Cookies" to From visited
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    AutoFill should be disabled in Safari. This will prevent Safari from storing potentially sensitive contact information on your device, such as usernames and passwords.

    1. Go to Settings > Safari
    2. Set "AutoFill" to OFF

    JavaScript support can be disabled to prevent maliciously crafted JavaScripts from harming your iOS device. However, disabling JavaScript can make many websites unusable, so it may be necessary to leave it on. If it is practical:

    1. Go to Settings > Safari
    2. Set "JavaScript" to OFF

    Cookies can compromise personal information and browsing habits. To prevent this from happening, disable them when possible or set your iOS device to only accept cookies from visited sites. The following setting is unlikely to break the functionality of most websites:

    1. Go to Settings > Safari > Accept Cookies
    2. Set "Accept Cookies" to From visited

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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