Security for mobile devices is just as important as security for your laptop or desktop. In fact, it may be more important - if you use apps for banking, networking, personal email, etc., you are granting access to your personal information.
Security updates are released by software companies fix, or “patch,” a bug or security vulnerability within a program. The Office of Information Security recommends installing the latest security patches to your personal devices as soon as your provider makes them available.
For Towson University employees accessing their work email, including those with university-owned phones, a security policy is pushed to your phones automatically.
The policy is designed to help protect confidential and sensitive information by requiring you to set a passcode (also referred to as a PIN code) on your mobile device if you want to use Towson University email in Office 365. Once you add your Towson email to your mobile device (personally-owned or university-owned) your device will prompt you to set a passcode. If you are enrolled in Duo Multi-Factor Authentication, you may also receive a Duo authentication prompt periodically.
Without the passcode, a lost or stolen phone or tablet could easily create exposure or identity theft for you or the university.
If you have a university-owned device, you should report the device as lost or stolen to the Towson University Police Department.