Android is a marvel when it comes to smartphones and Tablets operating system. Already shown its power and left behind iOS, Windows Phone, Symbian and Blackberry. Based on Linux it has tight security model, but still few developers have found loopholes in this wall. It’s pretty clear that your Android Phone data or personal data is not much secure unless you know how to handle your device.
We have created this basic article on how you can secure your device from hackers and malwares. we are also suggesting some apps and procedure to secure your device and make it more harder to crack. Also, we are explaining to setup your tracking and wipe feature so that if you loose your device the data can be destroyed or device can be recovered.
Tips to Secure your Android Device
Do Not Save All of Your Passwords
Most users save password when using online services and sites on their device without thinking about the misuse that can be done by using their phone. You should avoid saving of the passwords into your device when using in banking or online payments apps.
Use Android In-built Security
Using Android OS provides a screen lock and encryption enabled for enhancing the security. There are several screen locks available to choose from such as password, pin, pattern and face unlock available in Android settings. When setting pins or pattern locks, ensure not to make it easy for hackers to guess your password.
Lock Your Apps
It is good to lock your apps as they contain your private information that you don’t want to be accessed by someone else. It’s a second layer of security that prevents other from using your device if they are capable of bypassing your locked Android.
App Lock is an app that has been designed with such functionality. Our concept here is not about locking every app but the apps containing your data like Email apps or file managers. Whereas you should avoid using a pattern of pin or lock that can be traced by the marks on your device’s screen.
The importance of app permissions
Whenever installation of an app is done from Google Play, it requires several permissions. But at times an app requires permission that has no relevance to its functionality. So always check the permissions to ensure what the app does. For example, an alarm app would not require permission to access your text messages.
It can be a vital step as every app in Play store is not safe. When using your device, make it a habit to read the review before installing an app which helps in understanding its use without installing it.
Securing Your Network
By securing your network you can prevent your Android from unauthorized access and misuse.
When using online banking, never use public Wi-Fi as using a public network may provide access to your data’s and translates them to actual data of your private information i.e. your passwords.
Your information can be protected by apps like Hideninja VPN which encrypts the outgoing connection hence making it harder to mess with your data. Wi-Fi Protector is used to protect your device from being attacked by the hackers. An app SecDroid designed for rooted phones helps in enhancing your network security.
Use Mobile Security App
Your device can be secured by finding an app that handles major security issues. Search for a mobile security app based on your comfort like Avast Mobile Security and Lookout security with antivirus.
Even if you have the best android based antivirus you should never take Android Malware lightly as it is becoming stronger and more rampant that makes us to be prepared for the next level.
Create Multiple User Account to Protect Privacy
If you have an Android tablet and will to share it with a sibling or kids then multiple user accounts feature can be availed that helps in protecting your privacy. An option to create multiple users has been provided in the Jelly Bean OS of Android tablet. However, you can create another general account in your device for anyone who wants to use it.
It can be done by going to Settings and by tapping on Users section.
Prepare a Backup of Your Data
Backup of data is essential in the age of Smartphones. Just think of the worst situation when your Android device gets stolen or hacked. The last option which is left with you is to wipe the data from the device. So, backing up the data secures the information of your device.
If there is a situation that you receive your phone creates chances that hackers have traced your device hence making it useless to find it. But creating backup helps in restoring your Android device to its original state.
You may choose to backup vital information to the Cloud, your desktop or even to a flash drive for your assurance.
Track Your Lost Device
Even if you have a backup but you think of having your lost device, it can be done by tracking feature of the Android devices by using GPS. To do so you need to enable the GPS facility of your phone to track it. There are several tracking apps that assist you in locating your stolen device, and even turn on the GPS facility on your phone by remote access.
Enable Remote Wipe
So you come to a stage when your device is installed and ready for use but lacks the ability of wiping the data remotely. It comes in play when you get assured that your device has been lost (forever).
We recommend 3CX Mobile Device Manager as it is free and easier to use. It just requires you to Sign in. Let’s hope that the day of remotely wiping of your device does not come.
We have made sure to include all the points of securing your Android device. If we have missed something please point it out in comment section.