29th May, 2017

Keeping an Android smartphone and tablet secure requires a lot more than adding a PIN or password lock. Any malicious app download or connection to an unsecure wireless network can not only jeopardize your online privacy, but also increase the risk of loss/theft of your confidential data.

Given below are some tips that can help you to improve the security of your Android device:

Lock all the apps and media

In addition to the screen lock, you can add an extra layer of protection by restricting access to the apps and media. This is particularly important for the apps that hold your private and sensitive information, such as social networking, email, online banking etc. This will prevent anyone from using your Android device, specifically if it has been lost or stolen. Make sure you select different PIN and password combinations for each app.

Download apps only from trusted sources

Your device’s default settings restrict downloading apps from any other source except Google Play Store. You should not change these settings as it may put your device’s security at risk. All apps on the Play Store are scanned for malware and other potential threat, which makes them safe to use. If you want to download third party applications, ascertain that you check their reliability and reviews before doing so. You should also go through the app permissions carefully. Do not install an app that seems to ask for permissions that are not required for its functioning.

Get virus and malware protection

Android, being open source software, is at a higher risk of hacking attacks and security breaches. Simply clicking on a link or downloading a file can infect your device with viruses and malware. Therefore, it is recommended that you download an anti-virus and anti-malware software. Run frequent scans to identify and remove any potentially harmful files from your device.

Use Android device manager

Android device manager can be really helpful in case your phone is lost or stolen. It allows you to lock your device and erase all the data stored on it, from a remote location. You can also track the location of the device using GPS technology. Once enabled, Android device manager works even after someone uninstalls the app from your device.

For more information on Android device security, feel free to contact Centex Technologies at (855) 375 – 9654.