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What does being mobile mean?

BeingMobileThis is the second week of NCSAM (National Cyber Security Awareness Month) and this week’s theme is ‘Being Mobile’.  In thinking about the theme for the week I asked myself what does being mobile mean to me?  Two words quickly came to mind:  Convenience and Freedom.

Convenience

We have become an on-the-go society and devices have gotten smaller and smaller and can go with us  – anywhere, anytime.  Mobile devices today allow us to listen to music, take pictures, read e-books and magazines, check emails from more than one account, play games, surf the web, and the list goes on.  There seems to be an app for everything.  What a convenient way to stay connected.

Freedom

Mobile devices lack an abundance of cables and wires.  When I look at my 10-year old desktop (which hasn’t been turned on in months) I not only see how big it is in relation to my tablet, I see cables everywhere.  The thought of even moving it downstairs makes me tired.  It is amazing how mobile devices today do the same thing that this now rarely used machine can do, but they are so much smaller and virtually wireless.  The only cable my tablet has is the charging cable.

Our shared responsibility

It is nearly impossible for me to lose my desktop computer but losing my tablet is possible due to its small size and taking it different places.  Therefore, I must make a conscious effort to keep it safe.  I also must make sure the OS version is up to date as I connect to different networks.

This week ask yourself what does being mobile mean to you and be sure to read the daily tips and reminders all week on Facebook and Twitter to help keep your mobile devices secure.

Resources

Mobile device shopping

Protecting your mobile devices

Next week’s theme:  Cybersecurity Education

Image by Flickr user Cory M. Grenier / CC BY-SA 2.0

Christina Bonds

Christina Bonds is an Application Specialist in the Web Technology department at Elon University.

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