Cybersecurity Advent – Day 14

Today’s Cybersecurity tip is: protect your lockscreen

I don’t even need to mention how important protecting your mobile device is … this is the third day of tips dedicated to them. And while it’s convenient to have notifications displayed on your phone’s lockscreen so you can quick check a text or email without unlocking the device, it’s also a bit of a privacy and security risk.

It’s not unimaginable to picture a scenario in which a temporary password or something is emailed to you and shown on your phone’s lockscreen; or even something as benign as a phone number being texted to you. Both scenarios can potentially reveal information you either want private or can be used against you.

The benefit of not sharing private information, especially if you lose your mobile device, far outweighs the minor inconvenience of having to unlock your device to view a notification. Since I’m certain you agree, here are the steps to modify (or at least review) your notification settings on the two latest platforms:

Android O

  • Visit Settings -> Security & location -> Lock screen preferences; from here you can turn off or “hide sensitive notification content”

iOS 11

  • Visit Settings -> Notifications -> Show Previews; from here you can turn off or only show previews “when unlocked”

Your device is now locked down with a secure passcode, easy to find or remotely lock if you lose it, and sensitive and private information won’t be shown on the lockscreen. Kudos to you for your security-consciousness.

See you tomorrow!