Protect your mobile device with a PIN code

Protect your mobile device with a PIN code

New security measures for accessing email or calendar via mobile devices

What is happening?

After 00:01 on the 11th December, your mobile device (phone, pad or tablet) must be protected by a PIN code if you want to use it for your University email and calendar.

The requirement for a 4 digit PIN code improves your mobile device security, protecting both you and the University from unauthorised access to your University Exchange account.

This PIN code will be the usual one that most people already use to secure their personal devices; if you already have a PIN code on your mobile phone or tablet, then you will not notice any difference.

PIN codes may also be known as passwords, passcodes, screen lock or unlock patterns, depending on your device.

What changes do I need to make?

If you wish to continue to use your device to access University email and calendars, then you must protect your device with a PIN code.

After the 11th, unprotected devices will prompt you to either set a PIN code, or to remove the connection to the Exchange service.

iPhone/iPad users

On Apple mobile devices, you will be asked to set a passcode. Tap on Settings, General then Passcode Lock. If you don’t set a passcode, then no new email or calendar information will be available.

Android users

On Android devices, you might see a warning message similar to:

Android passcode warning

Don’t panic. This screen looks ominous, as it talks about “IT Administrators” and “Erase all data”. However, your device will not be erased nor reset.

Can IT Services access or erase my device?

Only in exceptional cases, and only at your request, the University IT Service could arrange to remotely erase all the email and calendar information from your device, if it were lost or stolen, for example.

What else can I do to improve security on my mobile device?

If you have an iPhone or iPad, you can enable the “find iPhone/iPad app”. This lets you locate a lost or stolen device, and allows you to remotely reset the device to protect your data and identity.

If you have an Android device, you can use the Android Device Manager to lock and erase your device remotely.