Before You Begin

Lesson 4: Mobile Security

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Welcome back to Digital Currency Ownership: Before You Begin, an original Bitcoin Academy course. There’s six lessons in this course, we’re on Lesson Four, Mobile Security. In this lesson we are going to look at creating effective passcodes and encrypting your mobile device hard drive.

Let’s start with the discussion of passcodes. You must employ a passcode on your mobile device, whether it is a pin, whether it is facial recognition, whether it is gesture lock, you simply must have this in place. Otherwise, your phone is completely open to anyone, whether they pick it up off the table or whether they find it after you lost it or it’s been stolen. Typically, this is done under the settings and security menu of your mobile device. This varies a bit whether you are on iOS, Android or Windows, so we’ll simply leave it at that, I’m hoping at this point in time that everyone has passcodes set up on their phones as this seems fairly common these days.

Do avoid obvious codes okay, no 1111, no simple swipes on your pass gestures. If you’re going to use gesture lock don’t use a common shape. It needs to be complicated, there actually needs some security in this.

Next, if you are able to use biometrics, it is a good choice but don’t think it’s foolproof. You can get pass through biometrics facial recognition for example will unlock your device to a face that is similar to yours.

Next let us look at mobile device encryption. Encrypting your mobile device is absolutely essential due to the propensity for mobile device to be lost or stolen.

Now I’m going to step you through the process using Android and we’re going to use an Android tablet, and the process is really the same for any Android device whether it is a tablet or a phone. First thing you do, go to the Settings menu on your Android device, select Security which is highlighted on the screen.

Next, find the option Encrypt Tablet or Encrypt Phone, click that option. Next the screen will load which tells you about the encryption process, that’s simply informational, all you need to do now again is to click encrypt. Make sure you are plugged in by the way, they really insist that you have a full battery charge or better yet that you actually are plugged in before you begin this process and simply put you don’t want your phone to die in the middle of this process, it will cause you extreme difficulties.

If you have not set a lock screen pin or password, the system will prompt you to create one, so you will need to enter your pin and confirm your pin once you’ve done that you can click continue and the device will begin to encrypt the drive. It’s actually a very, very simple process, an encryption is fairly fast because the hard drives on mobile device is really not that large, so you get quite a bit of additional security for a very minimal effort here, there is no really excuse for not doing this.

Now, if you are on a different type of device, if you are on an iOS phone or tablet, the good news is, it actually automatically encrypts when you set up a passcode, so all you need to do is to set up a passcode on that device.

If you are on windows, bad news, encryption is possible on Windows 8.1 mobile, unfortunately it has to be done at the enterprise level so you have to be connected to an enterprise package and encrypt using the enterprise administration features. If you are on a Windows mobile system prior to 8.1, it simply isn’t possible, with the best prior knowledge.

So the take away here be on iOS or Android if you are going to be involved in digital currencies.

Okay that’s it, this was a very short, easy, simple lesson. In the next lesson, come back and join us when we are going to take you through the world of soft wallets.

Thank you very much!