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Tips to improve the security of your Android devices Featured

In this week's "Weekly quick tips" we have prepared a short list of suggestions on how to improve the security of your Android OS devices.

 

 

Smartphones are integral part of everyday life. As such they are also extremely enticing for thieves. There are also plenty of scammers that would love to gain access to and steal your personal and confidential information. Luckily there are some measures that can be taken in order to lower the chance of that happening.   

 

Before we get to the software side of things, let us give you one quick tip how to minimize the risk of getting your phone stolen.
Try to avoid taking out your phone out in public as much as possible. Especially while you're at the club or the beach. Don't just take out your expensive piece of technology and leave it on the table or on the towel next to you, it only takes seconds for it to be taken away from you.
The more you show your phone in public, the higher the chance for the wrong person to target you.  What some people don't realize is that thieves don't just go around randomly stealing phones. For example, when was the last time you heard of someone having his Nokia 105 stolen at the club? 

 

Now onto the tips to protect the content of your device.

 

  • Lock your smartphone

Using a PIN, Password or a Pattern lock can drastically improve the security of your personal data in the even your phone gets lost or stolen. Each method offers different level of protection, with PIN having the lowest and Password the highest. Some phones come equipped with a finger print reader, which out of all the available options proves to be the most secure, albeit it still has some drawbacks. You can read more about the advantages and disadvantages of each method here.

 

  • Install an antivirus software

Modern antivirus apps do so much more than just simply scan your phone for malicious software. They are true universal tools that will protect your phone from a wide range of software threats. Some of the most popular options are 360 Security, Avira and Avast. Nowadays it's almost imperative to have an antivirus software for the added level of protection.

 

  • Check which apps have administrator access

Some apps allow you to set them as device administrators. This gives them additional access which makes them harder to uninstall. This could be a good thing in the case of antivirus apps, but most other types of apps shouldn't require that kind of access. Security apps, for example, can require administrator access in order to provide better protection for your phone, but apps like games have no reason to request it. You can check which apps have been granted admin access by going to Settings>Security>Device administrators.

 

  • Avoid installing apps from unknown sources

By default android devices are set to block attempts to install apps coming from third parties i.e. not the Google Play Store. There are some cases when you might need to disable this setting in order to install apps from other secure sources like the Amazon App Store. Just keep in mind that by doing so you take full responsibility for the after effect of installing apps that have not been deemed secure by Google. So always make sure that you trust the source you're downloading from. 

 

This concludes the tips we have for you. We hope that we've helped you improve your awareness even by a little bit. Be smart and stay safe!

 

 

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