With the amount of information we keep on our smartphones, it’s increasingly vital that we protect them and the data they house. I don’t want to sound like a fear-monger, but the fact is your phone can be lost or stolen, it can be destroyed, or its contents can be hacked via malware. Here are a few basic and advanced tips to consider to protect everything from your work files to contact information.
The Basics: Keep Your Phone Locked
It’s extremely easy and effective to lock down access to your Android phone using built-in tools. Simply tap your way to the “Location and Security” setting. There you can create either a standard password or a screen lock pattern. If you use the screen lock pattern tool, be sure not to make an extremely easy and obvious pattern.
For Added Security: Hidden Lock adds an extra layer of security that is easy to implement but hard for would-be thieves to crack. After you have unlocked your phone using a password, Hidden Locks requires you to tap a hidden button before you can use the phone.
Avoiding Malicious Apps
Viruses and other malware are increasingly targeting the Android platform, so it’s important to take a few precautions to avoid infecting your own phone or tablet.
For the ultimate in security, I recommend only downloading apps from the official Google Play store, where they have been vetted. Scammers have been known to create fake versions of popular apps, which are loaded with malware and only available at third-party websites.
However, some apps may simply not be available on the app store. If you see an intriguing app, you can verify its reputation by searching for it on Google and seeing if it has been written about, positively or negatively. Be wary of totally obscure apps.
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