Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Ways to Make Your Android Device More Secure

Set up your lock screen
There are lots of Android users who just neglect this whole business of locking their phone screens and leave their data out in the open for anyone to snag. However harsh it might sound but if you’re not locking the screen, that’s exactly what you’re doing.

Setting a PIN/password/pattern for locking your screen should hit the utmost position in your priority list after you’re done with the initial setup of your Android device. The negligence towards this essential configuration can land you into deep troubles, if not handled in the very beginning.

Also, if you’re using a pattern for unlocking your device, ensure that you wipe your screen clean after every usage. This is to avoid leaving behind the telltale marks that can give the pattern away.

Set up phone storage encryption
If you’re really particular regarding your essential and sensitive data, then this might become the best option for you to safeguard information, without having to worry about any sort of information leakage.

You can set up an encryption password to encrypt the storage on your phone. This encryption is much stronger than the standard lock screen password and an Achilles’ heel to crack. This happens because stored data first gets decrypted and then comes in to a readable form.

So, this way you can have a two-step authentication to use your Android device as it will also need a lock screen password.

Do not allow unknown sources for installation
There are many third-party applications, which are fun to you but do not belong to Google Play Store. It’s fine to use them most of the times, but there might be instances when they give away all your sensitive information and compromise the security of your computer data.

So, avoid downloading any third-party application unless you are very sure of their source.

Install an anti-malware app
It’s always good to install and regularly use an anti-malware app that can avoid a sudden hit by a rash of malware. So, run a scan after installing the app and roll protection in your Android device.

Malwarebytes offers a protective shield against malware, infected applications, and unauthorized surveillance. It is capable of identifying security vulnerabilities on your Android device and suggests an immediate remediation.

Turn off Bluetooth and hotspot services when not in use
You can possibly be open to security breaches when Bluetooth and hotspot services are running on your device. Moreover, they eat up the battery of your device. So, it’s better to switch them off when you don’t really need them.

 So, before the nightmare of severe security breach gets unleashed, follow these simple steps to make your Android device fare exponentially better. Don’t take your security lightly and don’t let it fall into the wrong hands.


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