Android devices come with their own sets of security measures. We’ve got best use tips below
– Many smartphone users don’t set up the lock screen on their phones.
Most people stick with the default “Swipe to unlock” screen, not a useful security measure. The best practise is to use the lock screen that requires a password to continue, and come up with a good number code. Go to Settings>>Lock screen to set up a pattern, PIN or password. Try out all three and see which one works best in terms of the balance between security and convenience for you. Some Android gadgets also include facial recognition and voice unlocking, but those aren’t as secure. If you do set up a pattern, make sure it isn’t one that’s easy to guess. In the lock screen area, be sure you set your gadget to lock automatically after a few minutes of inactivity.
– Stop advertisers from tracking you
Advertisers are tracking where you go online through your device’s history
Happily, you can put a stop to most of it with some simple setting changes.
To delete a big chunk of your web history—or all of it—tap the Settings button just below the Search box, tap Remove Items, then choose how much to delete: the past hour’s worth, a day, a week, a month, or absolutely everything.
To remove location history, go to the Account Activity screen in the Google Settings app. Tap Google Location History, then uncheck any or all of the devices whose location you don’t want to be shared. You can also tap Delete Location History button to wipe your past location history clean.
To see—and hear—a history of your voice commands, go back to the Account History screen in the Google Settings app. Tap Voice & Audio Activity, then tap Manage History. Tap the Settings button, then tap Remove Items.
– Only install trusted apps
Bad apps are loaded with malware that can infect your gadget with viruses and steal your information. Newer ones even hijack your contact list to spam your friends and infect their gadgets.
You can lower the risk by only installing apps from the major app stores: Google Play, Amazon Appstore, Apple iTunes and Microsoft’s Windows Store. Third-party app stores often host malicious apps, usually disguised as popular real apps.
To make sure you don’t accidentally install “untrusted” Android apps, go to Settings>>Security and uncheck the “Unknown Sources” option. You should also check the “Verify Apps” option if you have it.
Unfortunately, just because an app is in an official app store doesn’t guarantee it’s completely safe. You still want to check reviews and visit the app’s official website to confirm it’s trustworthy and not a fake copy.
– Enable remote location and wiping
A great thing about smartphones and tablets is that they’re portable so you can easily take them anywhere. The downside is that you can easily lose them or a thief can easily swipe them.
The good news is that smartphone theft is down thanks to the growing amount of “kill switches” that make it harder to wipe and resell them. If your gadget is lost or stolen, tracking apps can tell you exactly where your phone is. These apps also let you wipe sensitive information remotely. If your phone does end up in the wrong hands, you can at least make sure somebody else doesn’t get your information.
The app you’ll want is Android Device Manger. To enable tracking, launch the app, link it to a Google account and follow the directions.
Of course no device is 100% secure at all times and hackers are getting cleverer and more advanced in coming up with ways to steal data, but by following the tips above you’ll be increasing your chances of staying safe.