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Mobile Computing Devices

Please read below for information on mobile devices and their use at NDSU including available support and other questions.

What are mobile devices?

Mobile devices are generally portable computing devices such as a tablet or smartphone.  They come in a variety of sizes, options and operating systems.  Common operating systems include Android (Google), iOS (Apple) and Windows RT / Full  (Microsoft).

What are mobile devices used for?

Mobile devices are often used for communication (e-mail, instant messaging, social media), media consumption (music, webpages, e-books, etc...), and, depending on the hardware included, various other tasks.  Many times, mobile devices include cameras and wireless connectivity.  Some can also include the ability to connect keyboards and external monitors. Most, if not all, current mobile devices also offer the ability to download apps that will provide additional capability.  In the case of tablets running the full version of Microsoft Windows (non-RT), you can even install full programs including Microsoft Office.

Are mobile devices permitted/supported on NDSU campus?


At this time the ITS Help Desk will assist in getting your mobile device connected to NDSU's wireless network.

How do I know what mobile device to purchase?

There is no formula to determine what device meets your needs.  However, trying to stay with the more common devices running Android, iOS, and Windows may help ensure that your device will be easier to support and find apps and accessories for.

Is there a way for me to back up the data on my mobile device?

These days, most mobile devices can connect to wireless networks and utilize cloud storage apps such as Skydrive and Google Drive to store and transfer files.

Do I need to back up my mobile device?

Generally speaking, you should not store data on the device that "your life depends on."  Mobile devices could fail or be lost at any moment.

Even so, you may want to back up the handheld so that you can restore it easily in the event of data loss.  There are possibly three methods to perform backups.

  • Backup to a cloud storage service such as Skydrive, Google Drive, Dropbox, etc..
  • Backup to external media such as Secure Digital (SD) cards if your device supports them. 
  • Backup to a desktop computer.

Are mobile devices safe to store my data on?

One of the most common security problems with mobile devices are the tendency to be lost.  Given a sufficient amount of time, an intruder can access data stored on a handheld.

Keys to remember:

  • If you MUST have sensitive data on your device, it should be encrypted
  • Never leave the device in a public place (or unattended in general)
  • Always lock (password protect) the device when not in use
  • Change the password regularly




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Last Updated: Monday, June 15, 2015 11:16:16 AM