Top 5 Security Tips For Your Android
- Enable Screen Lock
he most important security setting to enable is setting a password on your device. This is the first barrier that a person who wants to enter your data will encounter. Go to settings – security – change screenlock – tap password.
- Update OS and Apps
If you keep your operating system up to date you will be better secured thanks to new security updates. Most Android devices will notify you when an update is available, but you can check for new updates if you go to settings – system updates -TapFirmware update.
- Backup Everything
If your device gets lost or stolen you are in some serious trouble. The thief could easily access your chats and pictures and videos right? But no panic, by adding a remote wipe feature you can erase all your data from a distance before the thief gets a chance to mess with it.
Android devices do not incorporate features like remote wipe and backup, but if you seek for any third party app like SeekDroid AntiTheft can be downloaded. Seekdroid Antitheft is a good app that usually always works. Log into the SeekDroid if your phone gets lost or stolen to track down the current whereabouts of your phone. What is probably even better is that you can keep track of who the founder of your phone has been contacting with it. For $2.99 you can purchase this app in the Google Play Store. At the moment there is a free and a premium version.
- Use Encryption
Enabling disk encryption is important: this way a key or password must be entered before you get acces to data. Go to settings – security – check enable encryption. This way it gets extremely hard for another person to enter your data once your phone gets stolen. A password is definitely not enough, contrary to popular belief.
- Wild West – Don’t download everything you see!
Anyone with a developer account can publish applications on app stores such as Google Play because they hardly have security implementations. Google has attempted to get more controls to detect malicious apps but hackers are still out there disguising apps as popular applications such as Skype.
Many malicious applications are published outside of trusted app stores such as Google Play and the Amazon Marketplace, so make sure you’re downloading apps from legitimate sources.