10 security tips you should consider on your Android device

Security is one of the first things you should do to your Android device and here are 10 security tips you should consider. 

Set a screen lock

Screen lock is the simplest method of creating a secured environment for your android device. it can be easily done through the Android security settings in the device.

You can set the device screen to automatically lock with time when not in use. this prevents unauthorized user to easily access your device.

Encrypt your phone
android has an inbuilt security protocol that allows the user to secure all file stored in the device. user will need to input a password or pin every time the device turns on to decrypt all the files.

if the device is with an authorized user, without the password they will not get access to any file.

Get advice from an IT professional before using personal phone for work
if you have it in mind to use your personal device for work, you are adviced to get advice from a professional. so you can know what to do and what not to do, ESET has said 30 to 40% of devices used for work are vulnerable.

If you share device, sign out or use incognito mode while browsing
Remember to sign out of Chrome while browsing the web on an Android device or use incognito mode, especially if you share devices and PCs.
Chrome records your search and browsing history and syncs it across all devices on which you’ve signed-in.

Activate Google’s Android Device Manager
Even if you lose your device, the Android Device Manager feature allows you to track a (connected) device on Google Maps. It also enables you to ring the device at full volume for five minutes and even erase all the data.

To verify if it's enabled, you can go to the Settings menu on your device and tap on Security. It can be enabled through the Device Administrators setting under Security Settings.

Don’t install apps from unknown sources
While apps on the Google Play Store are not curated as diligently as Apple’s App Store, it is still the safest place to download and install apps on Android platform.
Installation files (APKs) sourced from third-party sites should be dealt with caution as they might hide malware or spyware.

Install locks app
You can use additional protection for apps like Gallery and Messaging to protect private data.
A number of apps are available on Play Store that offers an additional level of protection for individual apps. Such apps ask you to set up a password or PIN code that needs to be entered whenever you open the particular protected apps.

Don’t store sensitive data on SD
Make sure you don’t store sensitive information such as copies of credit cards and personal IDs on external storage cards since it is easy to remove them and access the data stored.
If you need to store important information, keep it on internal storage.

Don’t root your phone
By rooting your phone, you can install custom Android ROMs and even some incompatible apps.
However, apps with root access get unhindered access to your device’s file-system, exposing it to more damage in case a malicious app is installed. It also voids your phone’s warranty.

Keep your device software up to date
Google releases software updates that also include several security patches.
Check for software updates using the device Settings, where you’ll find a System Updates option in the About Device menu.

Times of India
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