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How To Secure Your Android Phone: 5 Tips You Should Know

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Tuesday, May 13th, 2014


Android is the most popular operating system for Smartphones and tablets. Unfortunately, it is also the favorite target of hackers and criminals who want to steal data, money and identity from mobile users. If you are an Android user who wishes to protect his device from most common types of security threats, follow the steps given below:

Tip#1: Use Built-in Security Features
Android provides a lot of built-in security features that can help you to secure your device. Depending upon the manufacturer and version of Android you are using, it is possible to lock screen with pin, fingerprint, password, face or pattern as well as encrypt data residing on your device. While choosing your pin or password, make sure to choose a value that cannot be guessed even by looking at the fingerprint smudges on the screen. If your device is used by multiple people, be sure to create multiple user profiles or use parental controls that limit what kind of data is accessible to each user.

Tip#2: App Security
Android boasts of a thriving app ecosystem and there are apps available for every imaginable kind of use. However, since Google makes it really easy to publish apps on the Play store, hackers and virus writers have managed to publish hundreds of unsafe apps over there. While downloading apps on your Smartphone or tablet, stay away from third party apps that are not available on the Play Store. Also, you must scrutinize the app permissions and read the reviews from existing users before installing any app. For even more security, you can lock apps that contain your personal data with locking apps so that your personal data is not revealed even if a malicious program manages to get onto your device.

Tip#3: Use Mobile Security Apps
Make sure to use a reputed mobile security app to protect your mobile device from viruses, spywares, malwares, trojans as well as phishing and smishing attacks. The creators of the security apps make it a point to update them from time-to-time so that the users remain protected from the latest security threats. It is also a good idea to keep your Android OS updated so that you do not become a victim of the attacks that target vulnerabilities in the OS itself.

Tip#4: Avoid Unsecure Networks For Sensitive Work
While public Wi-Fi hotspots provide easy access to the internet, they also allow hackers and criminals to steal data from other users who are connected to the same network. That’s why it is never a good idea to use unsecured wireless networks for logging into your email or social networking accounts, transfer money or to buy something online. But if you need to use wireless networks on a daily basis, consider subscribing to a VPN service like HideMyAss, ExpressVPN or PureVPN to protect your critical data from criminals and data sniffing programs.

Tip#5: Prepare Against Theft
Mobile thefts are at an all time high so it a good idea to remain prepared for such an eventuality. Make sure to backup your data on a regular basis so that you do not lose you contacts, important documents, photos and emails even if your mobile device gets stolen. It is also a good idea not to save passwords for social networking, banking and email apps on your device so that even if someone manages to get hold of your Smartphone or tablet, the damage to your identity and bank account would be minimal. You can also make use of tracking apps to track your Smartphone or tablet or the Device Manager app to remote wipe your personal data in case there is no possibility of getting your device back.


May 13, 2014
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