With rapid increase in use of smart phones, these devices have become more prone to hacker attack who can steal any type of your information and eventually keep your privacy at the bay.
Today we use mobiles just for everything – communication, transactions including banking, searching information and so much more. It is hard to ensure the protection of your device. It seems that security controls cannot prevent the potential threats entering our smart phones and tablets. It can be a major problem for businesses where employees use smart devices to interact with each other and higher levels.
How to secure your Android Device
- Secured Wi-Fi: Do not use ambiguous, free and unprotected Wi-Fi connections without VPN technology. Similarly keeping your device’s Wi-Fi and Blutooth on all the time invites hackers to attack on your phone.
- App Download: Downloading apps can cause a risk. While downloading an app, make sure it is provided by a popular and reputed source. Do not click on links that you do not know about.
- Password: Keep your device Password enabled and change your passwords regularly. Being a user of advanced devices, you will be using your fingerprint to access your phone, so do not hesitate to choose long codes. Using fingerprints prevents others to see your password.
- Encrypted Storage: Advanced android phones have an ability to encrypt their stored items. Many models do it by default even without your notice. So if you lose your phone or it is stolen, chances are you will not lose your data. Think about what would happen if someone accesses your social networks, emails and photos. So how to encrypt your android phone:
Settings> Personal >Encrypt Phone. It may take an hour or more to encrypt your entire phone data so make sure your battery is full or keep it plugged to prevent uninterrupt the process.
- Remote Wipe: Most Android Smart phones have this feature. If you lose your device in any case, you will be able to delete all data remotely with this functionality. Remote wipe comes out first when you connect your android phone with internet. Usually you can find your device by using this service’s other features.
- Emergency Contacts– Keep emergency contacts visible from your pin entry screen. You can find it in settings as Bonus Points depending on your phone OS. It will help someone who finds your phone and wants to inform your emergency contact. Think about the things you will do if you find a lost phone. Many people try to unlock it and check the content usually without any bad purpose. So why let this happen.
What you should avoid to do:
- Never click on urgency mails– Phishing operators steal user data by sending an urgency mails stating contact me asap and then give a link to click on which leads a user to an ambiguous site that asks for your sensitive information.
- Fake Bank Authority – Sender acts as bank person by sending you an email with bank name. To avoid any risk, simply do not click on any link include in the emails.
- Free downloads– Downloading free softwares may bring virus in your device
- All data erase Set your Android phones to erase all data after attempting a password for specific number of times. It will discourage the hackers.
- Do not Jailbreak or root a mobile device– If you jailbreak or root your Android phone, Malware can penetrate because you have changed the device’s factory system.
- Update your phone regularly– Updating your phone regularly whenever you receive an update alert enhances the security level of your device.
- Limit your connections – Reduce the number of connections to unknown people, you may have to follow some steps but it can be done easily without affecting your device’s performance
- Disable automatic connections to open Wi–Fi: Data travelling over any connection that you do not completely control can potential affect your phone. If you are looking for Wi-Fi on an unknown network, use Virtual Private Network (VPN) technology and only choose websites with https if possible.
- Do not save all of your passwords– Most people save their passwords to site on their phone without imaging a fact what will happen if someone gets access to your phone. So do no save passwords of important sites on your phone specially of your banking and payment apps.
- Locking Apps – It is essential to lock your apps particularly those containing private information that you want to hide from all. It is an additional security layer to prevent access of third person in case you lost your phone. You can use locking apps such as App Lock to lock your special apps, email apps and file managers.
- Disable Unknown Sources- To prevent physical threats to your Android Phone, choose a tricky right with malicious apps. Apps downloaded from Google Play Store are best protected but nothing can be said about apps downloaded from other websites or app stores.
- Scan and verify your apps– Although Google best tries to screen the apps in its Play Store, there is still a chance that an illicit app infiltrates. So with correct settings done, your device can regularly scan your installed apps for protection. Settings > Google> Security > Verify Apps and switch on the Scan device for security threats.
- Turn on safe browsing on Chrome– Besides of malware apps, a malicious website can also steal your data so by turning on safe browsing on your chrome, you can prevent any malicious activity. Settings > Privacy > Check Safe Browsing
- Malware SMS – SMS malware is also in trend. You receive SMS texts to install this or that app or click on unknown link and then a mysterious activity happens on your phone. So to prevent this to happen, never click on any link or download any app.
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