We are living in an era where we can’t even imagine our lives without our smartphones. From calling, chatting to shopping and bill payments, we do it all via our cell phones. We didn’t even notice that lately our phones have become our lifeline. Our phones store a big chunk of sensitive data (including important contacts, private communications, videos and debit/credit card details) that needs utmost safety from hackers and malware. This is why it’s inevitable to keep your android device safe and secure from external attacks, malware threats other data breaches.
7 Basic Ways To Secure Android Smartphones
Following are the 7 simple ways in which you can protect your phone data from theft, hacking and virus attack.
Activate Fingerprint Scanning, If Device Supports:
Most of the Android smartphones are now equipped with Fingerprint scanner feature. As name implies, the feature scans the already stored finger prints of the user to authenticate his identity. Like passwords, PIN and pattern locks, fingerprint scanner can also help you lock your phone, apps, gallery and messengers for enhanced security and privacy.
Use Password/ Pass Code/ Pattern unlock
Every smartphone comes equipped with Password, PIN and Pattern locks features. They are the common safety features that keep your smartphone secure. You can create passcode, generate PIN or create a pattern lock from the privacy settings of your phone. While creating a password or PIN, ensure that they are complex and can’t be guessed easily. Keep the lock pattern invisible.
Every Android smartphone that runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop and above, has encryption feature inbuilt. The feature comes enabled by default. You can check from your phone settings if encryption feature is enabled. In case you are enabling encryption, take note that the process takes a while to complete. Do not reboot the phone during the process. It may lead to the data loss. It’s also recommended to create a decryption password.
Install A Genuine Security Software:
To keep your device safe from virus and malware attack, a genuine anti-virus would be a great bet. Read reviews about the software and check its ratings on the app store before installing. A free version of anti-virus doesn’t offer complete protection against odds, therefore paid versions could be a good choice.
Use Remote Lock Feature:
Remote lock and remote data wipe features can be handy if you’ve lost your Android smartphone and fearing data theft. All you need to do is to enable the feature from Manager ‘Settings’ of your Android phone. Once settings are changed, you can change your phone’s lock screen password from without having device in hand. You can also enable remote data wipe to erase all the data stored in the lost device.
In addition to the ways above, keep in mind not to install any third party app from unreliable sources. Google Play Store is Android’s official repository of apps, so it’s better to install your favorite mobile apps from there only. Moreover, do not root your Android device as it could expose your phone o multiple security threats.
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