9 Ideas to Improve Your Android’s Security

If you’re like most people, your phone is just an extension of your arm, and you probably don’t overthink about the security of your Android device. However, the implications are immense if you lose your phone or get hacked.

Fortunately, there are several ways to improve the security of your device. Making a few simple changes can greatly reduce the risk of your device being hacked. This post will share some ideas to help you get started.

Lock your Android with a strong password

A password lock will prevent random strangers from taking a peek without your permission. To set a password, go to Settings > Security > Screen Lock. You can choose from various options, including a pattern, PIN, or password. Always use at least twelve characters that contain a mix of letters, numbers, and symbols.

Clear out unused smartphone apps

We’ve all downloaded apps and then forgotten about them. These “cool” apps can be a huge security risk because they may have vulnerabilities that hackers can exploit. Besides being a security risk, most apps collect data about everything you do – texts, emails, websites, photos – you name it.

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To remove an app, go to Settings > Apps and tap on the app you want to remove. Then, tap the Uninstall button.

Don’t blindly trust apps in the PlayStore

Just because an app is available in the Google Play Store doesn’t mean it’s safe. In fact, just last week, news broke about more evil apps –  mobile ad-blockers and free VPNs stealing user data. Yes, there are malicious apps in the store. If it’s free, read the fine print to find out how they make their money and read the reviews before installing anything.

Opt out of one-click-login to your social media accounts

When setting up your social media accounts on your Android, you may be (very, very, very!) tempted to use the one-click-login option. However, this option is madly insecure. If someone gets hold of your phone, they’ll have instant access to … your whole life, yo!

By opting out of one-click-login, you’ll need to enter your username and password each time you want to log in. It may seem like a hassle, but it’s worth it for the added security.

Keep your software up to date

Each new version of Android comes with security improvements, so it’s important to install the latest update as soon as it’s available. To check for updates, go to Settings > About Phone > System Updates.

Use anti-virus software

Look for a reputable anti-virus solution with, if possible, a remote locator and wipe function. This way, if your device is lost or stolen, you’ll be able to remotely wipe it and prevent someone from being able to access your data. Anti-malware software will also prevent you from clicking on unsafe links or downloading unsafe documents.

Be careful what links you click

Remember the mantra: “Only click on links from trusted sources”? Well, that doesn’t work anymore.

Sure, you trust your gran, but would she be able to distinguish between a good or bad link.

Cybercriminals have turned phishing into a trillion-dollar industry because they can create links that can fool even the most cynical tech workers. These links can send you to malicious websites that can infect your device with malware or that will steal your passwords. Use a VPN with threat protection capabilities to scan links and keep you from plunging into a mess.

Use a VPN

Everyone should be concerned about their privacy because hackers can use tiny bits of personal info to set traps for the unwary. Internet privacy is the first step to internet security, so always use a VPN (a virtual private network) to stop your ISP or mobile carrier from tracking you online. You’ll need the fastest VPN to keep up with your phone. NordVPN has the best speed worldwide, as tested by TechRadar and other reputable sites.

Make regular backups

Use your phone or anti-virus program’s built-in backup function to backup your data regularly. If your device is lost or stolen, you’ll still have a copy of your important files. If you use a cloud service like Google Drive, encrypt the sensitive stuff in a vault rather than just uploading unsecured documents into the cloud.

Conclusion

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Don’t wait until the worst happens. Getting hacked is a life-changing experience, but not in a good way. You can do many things to improve your Android device’s security. Following the tips in this article can help keep your data safe from hackers and cybercriminals.

 

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