Protect mobile devices

Protect (encrypt) mobile devices

If you store data, emails or photos on a University managed or personal portable device, then you should encrypt the device to protect this information. Below are the steps you need to take to set up encryption on different device types.

Encrypt Android devices

Steps

  1. Go to your Android phone or tablet’s settings
  2. Select "Security"
  3. Select "Encrypt Phone"
  4. If you have not set a passcode, you will now be asked to. Follow the instructions and set a strong password when prompted
  5. This will encrypt your device memory, but will not encrypt the contents of any SD card used in the phone. Take care not to store confidential or restricted data on removable storage unless it has been encrypted.

Encrypt Apple devices

When a passcode or Touch ID is enabled on an Apple device running iOS 8 and above, full encryption is turned on automatically.

We highly recommend turning on passcode / Touch ID on your device to make sure it's encrypted:

Steps

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2.  Select "Touch ID & Passcode" from the list of available options.
  3. Now simply tap "Turn Passcode On" and enter in a passcode of your choice. A longer alphanumeric passcode is recommended but a six-digit PIN code will do as well. Avoid four-digit PINs as your passcode. You can change this from Passcode Options in Set Passcode screen.

Furthermore, you can also use Touch ID (biometric authentication) if your device comes equipped with Apple’s Touch ID sensor.

To confirm if encryption is enabled go to "Settings" > "Touch ID" & "Passcode" and then scroll to the bottom of the screen.  Data protection should be enabled.

Encrypt Microsoft devices

Steps

  1. Go to your Windows Phone or tablet’s settings
  2. Select “Device Encryption”
  3. Turn on the encryption option
  4. If you have not set a passcode, you will now be asked to. Follow the instructions and set a strong password when prompted
  5. This will encrypt your device memory, but will not encrypt the contents of any SD card used in the phone. Take care not to store sensitive or valuable data on removable storage

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