If you have an Android smartphone, then you should try to keep it as secure as possible by following some of the tips mentioned in this article. The security of your phone doesn’t stop with adding a PIN lock to your phone, but it’s much more than that. In this article, we are going to see some of the simple ways to secure your Android device.
The reason why we should consider securing our smartphones is that it’s not just a tool to call someone and have a talk, but it’s become much more than that. You use your phone to store your private photos and videos, important files and documents and even use it to access your email and use other online services. In a way, your smartphone is a portal to your online identity and should be taken care of as much as you can.
Since your information can be traced, downloaded and even shared on the Internet, you have to stay extra careful. Instead of taking someone’s help in securing your device, why not do it yourself with these simple methods we have listed in this article!
How to Secure Your Android Smartphone?
1. Use A Screen Lock
This is the most basic step that you need to do whenever you buy a new smartphone. I am pretty sure that almost everyone using a smartphone using a pattern lock or a PIN lock, but if you are not using these, then I suggest you to enable this feature at once. When setting the pattern lock and the PIN lock, don’t make it easier for others to guess what kind of pattern you chose and what password you selected. Try to keep one that is complex and something that only you can remember.
2. Lock Your Apps
If you store private information on your phone that you don’t want anyone else to see, then it’s a good idea to lock your apps so that only you can access them. You can do it easily using the App Lock application that is free to download from Google Play Store. You don’t have to lock every app on your phone, just secure the ones like your email apps, file managers, your phone’s gallery and chat apps to prevent anyone else getting access to it.
3. Don’t Download Apps Outside Google Play Store
There is a reason why your Android device doesn’t allow you to sideload apps. Google Play Store has no control over the apps that you download from other sources or websites, but it does allow you to sideload apps by enabling the Unknown Sources option in the Settings of your device. Unless, you trust the website from where you are downloading the APK file, avoid downloading outside Google Play Store.
4. Manage App Permissions
When you download apps from Google Play Store, you will see the list of all the permissions that the application requires. The permissions are required for downloading and installing the app, but not all of them are really necessary. So when you download the apps, make sure to check the permissions once again and revoke the access of a certain permission that isn’t right. For example, an alarm clock app doesn’t need the permission to read your messages. You should manage the app permissions properly, because even though you use Google Play Store, not all the apps there are safe.
5. Secure Your Network
If you use Internet all the time on your smartphone, then consider installing a VPN app. It doesn’t matter if you are using your own Internet data or are connected to public WiFi, it’s always a good idea to hide your identity online using a VPN application. There are many VPN applications available for Android device that helps you encrypt outgoing data making it harder for anyone to sabotage it.
6. Setup Remote Tracking And Wiping
There’s always a chance that you would lose your smartphone and when that happens, all your private data is at a risk. To prevent any of these data from falling into the wrong hands, you need to setup tracking on your device so you can find your lost phone and even setup remote wipe in case you need to erase all the data. You can install Android Device Manager app on your phone and connect it with your Gmail ID. With the app, you will be able to locate your lost device and also erase all the data on your smartphone, in the most extreme cases.
7. Use Mobile Security Apps
It’s always a good idea to install an antivirus application on your phone to handle all your security issues. There are many such apps available on Google Play Store like AVG antivirus app. This free antivirus app scans your data like the apps, games, settings and files in real-time, locks sensitive apps, hides private information in encrypted vaults and even scan WiFi networks for encryption issues and other threats to keep your device secure.
8. Create Multiple User Accounts
If multiple people are using the same smartphone or tablet device, then you need to create multiple user accounts to protect your data and keep everything private. Android device now has the ability to create multiple user accounts easily, and you can go to Settings > Users and create general accounts for different people to use your smartphone without worrying about them getting access to your private data.
9. Create A Backup of Your Data
Having a backup of your important data is a must these days and if you don’t take a backup, then you should do it right now. When you take a backup of your data from your Android device, you should store it on a cloud storage service, your computer, a flash device or an external hard drive. If you lose your phone and you are forced to perform a remote wipe, then you will be able to restore all your important data if you have taken a backup beforehand.
10. Keep The OS Updated
The new OS updates on your smartphone doesn’t just bring new features but also bug fixes and patches to security vulnerabilities. So, if you don’t really give it a thought when a new update is available, then you are at a much greater risk. Download and install the OS update as soon as it is available and you can also check for new updates by going to Settings > About Phone > System Updates.
These are some of the best ways that you can use to secure your Android device. If you like the article, then share it with your friends and if you think that I missed out on some important point, then let us know via the comments section below.