Data protection on the go: security tips for iPhone users
Thanks to mobile devices, attorneys can remain connected to
their offices while on the go. While this can be hugely
advantageous to practitioners, having access to confidential client
data can also pose major security concerns. Small handheld
smartphones, in particular, are easily lost and often a target for
thieves as well as hackers.
A recent survey by the cloud-based practice
management company, Clio (also, a Massachusetts Bar Association member benefit),
found that the majority of law offices surveyed use iPhones as
their mobile device of choice in practice. Fortunately, Apple is
serious about security. Here are few steps to leverage the iPhone's
- Upgrade to iOS 7. The newest operating system
adds a number of security features, including Activation Lock, iCloud
Keychain, "Do Not Track" in Safari, "Trust
This Computer" alerts and more.
- Use a Passcode Lock. With iOS 7, the
system defaults to requiring a Passcode Lock to access your phone.
You can modify passcode settings in Settings > General >
Passcode Lock. To boost security, require your passcode
"immediately" upon locking your screen disable the four-digit
"simple passcode" and enter a longer alphanumeric passcode.
- Enable Find My iPhone. Turn this
service on in Settings > iCloud. If your phone is lost or
stolen, this service can display a custom message on your lock
screen (i.e., contact information), track your phone via GPS,
remotely wipe your data and require your Apple ID should someone
attempt to erase the contents on your phone (to restore and resell
- Stay current with software updates. Check for
updates in Settings > General > Software Update and follow
the prompts. Just this week, Apple released a new software update
to fix a serious vulnerability.
These are all simple security precautions that any attorney can
implement. So, get to it! For more information regarding the
security and use of Apple products in your law practice, visit
LOMAP's newest resource: LoMac for Law Office Mac and iOS Users.
Tip courtesy of Heidi Alexander, Law Office
Management Assistance Program.
Published February 27, 2014
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