May 06 2016

Tips for Securing Your Tablet

Keep your tablet operating system and apps current and running their latest version. Many tablets now automatically update your apps, a feature we encourage you to enable.

Do not jailbreak or hack into your own tablet. This will bypass and render a tremendous number of security controls useless, making your tablet far more vulnerable to attacks.

Only download apps you need, and only download them from trusted sources. For iPads, this is simple as only downloading apps from iTunes. These apps are screened by Apple before they are made available. For Google, we recommend you limit your apps to those found on Google Play. While you can download apps from other sites, they are usually not vetted and could be created with malicious intent. Finally, regardless of where you got your app, we recommend you remove it from your tablet once you no longer need or actively use it.

When installing a new app, make sure you review and set the privacy options, just like you did when initially configuring your new tablet. Be careful of what information you allow the app to access, or what you allow the app to do with that information. For example, does the app you just downloaded really need access to all of your contacts?

Be sure to install or configure software that allows you to remotely track, lock or erase your tablet in case it is ever lost or stolen.