Guidance

Mobile device security: a buyer's guide to choosing and using mobile devices

A buyer's guide for mobile devices, which outlines 7 areas that consumers should check for when choosing or using their mobile device.

Documents

Mobile device security: a buyer's guide to choosing and using mobile devices (web)

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Mobile device security: a buyer's guide to choosing and using mobile devices (print)

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Mobile device security paper: Samsung companion guide

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Details

This guide is designed to inform consumers on how to compare the security aspects of mobile devices, such as smartphones, tablets and laptops.

It has been developed and written in conjunction with CESG, the UK government’s National Technical Authority for Information Assurance who have provided the technical expertise behind the advice.

This guide provides useful information so that consumers are able to make their own informed choice on which security features are important to them.

For questions on any of the security features mentioned in the Buyer’s Guide or how they work on Samsung devices, please refer to the manufacturer guidance above.

Guidance on security features on Apple devices is also available.

Please note that the Home Office bears no responsibility for the content of the guidance supplied by the manufacturers, which has not been independently verified by government.

Published 23 March 2016
Last updated 7 April 2016 + show all updates
  1. Guidance from mobile phone manufacturers added.
  2. First published.