University Technology Services
University of South Carolina
8 Android Tips In The Office
Droids are increasingly being used in the office environment and the needs of an office
worker may differ from that of a recreational user. Here are some tips to help you
smooth the transition from entertainment to professional devices
1. PASSWORD PROTECTION 3. UPDATING YOUR
The Android browser allows you to save ANDROID
passwords to simplify logging into various Google updates its Android OS multiple
websites. Although having instant access to times a year, but not all devices receive the
email and web services is convenient, it allows update at the same time. Depending on
for anyone to login with the carrier and manufacturer, some phones
your credentials. receive the update as soon as its release and
others take months. Updates for the Android
Avoid saved passwords operating system are downloaded over the air
when possible and and are checked in the phone’s Settings menu.
increase the physical
security of your devices Settings -> About Phone -> System Updates
by setting up a screen
lock password. Hint: Operating system updates are data-
and-power intensive. Connect to Wi-Fi and
þ Utilize screen lock Settings -> Location & use a wall charger for a quicker more stable
Security -> Change Screen Lock installation process.
þ Update firmware
2. USE CAUTION WHEN
þ Use caution when CONNECTING 4. DISABLE GOOGLE CLOUD
connecting Androids have the same security issues that SERVICES
laptops have when connecting to unsecured
þ Disable cloud services Android devices have the ability
wireless networks. Avoid connecting to
to backup/sync data from your
þ Be prepared in case networks that you don’t own or trust. Your
device to Google’s servers. UTS
of theft or loss Android will prompt you befre connecting to
recommends these services be disbled if
a new unsecured network. You can turn Wi-
working with limite or restricted access data
þ Remotely wipe your Fi off completey by going to:
on your device.
Settings -> Wireless & Network Settings -> Wi-
þ Maximize Battery Life Settings -> Accounts & Sync -> Auto-Sync
Fi or by using your power widget.
Settings -> Privacy -> Back Up My Data
þ Setup Exchange
Call the Service Desk at
5. ASSET LOSS CHECKLIST 7. MAXIMIZE TIME CONFIGURING YOUR ANDROID
(What to do in case you lose an BETWEEN CHARGES TO CONNECT TO EXCHANGE
Android device) You can easily use Android’s “Power
• Remotely wipe device (Through Control” widget to turn on/off features
Exchange) when you want! To use “Power
• Change your passwords Control”, touch and hold a blank area
of your screen and select “Android
• Notify supervisor
Widgets.” Select “Power Control” to
• Assess which data was stored on
add the following widget to your home
screen. Icons on this widget represent,
• File a police report
from left to right, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth,
Inventory your Assests before a device GPS, email sync, and display
is lost or stolen: Store the serial, wifi brightness.
address, and ICCID of your devices in
a safe location. These can be obtained
by looking under:
Settings -> About Phone
6. REMOTELY WIPE YOUR
DROID FROM EXCHANGE Turn off Wi-Fi when not
Log onto your Outlook Web Access in use.
(OWA). Tap the “Settings” icon on
your device, then the “Mail, Contacts, Switch off Bluetooth when
Calendars” option near the bottom. not in use.
Tap the “Fetch New Data” option.
Click on the “Mobile Devices” option Turn off GPS when not in
on the the left-hand column of your use.
OWA screen once it loads. Click the
circle to the left of your device listed in Turn off sync when not in
the “Device” column. The click “Wipe use.
All Data from Device.”
Reduce the display
8. DATA SECURITY AND brightness.
YOUR ANDROID DEVICE
As a reminder, Android devices are
within the scope of University policies
(Univ. 1.50, IT 1.06, and IT 3.0).
Consult with data steward prior to
storing, processing, or transmitting
University data on any mobile device.
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