Tips For Ensuring The Maximum Security On Android Devices
Versions of android which run on various devices can be distinguished with ease however there are tips which can be followed to make sure that the device is kept secure. A number of these tips which will be mentioned below can also be applied to devices using iOS as well.
- Download apps from the Google Play Store only. The most dangerous thing about android is not its system but rather the apps which a user downloads. In comparison to iOS, downloading apps on android is easy however you should never download them from any third party website as they might infect your apps and ultimately your phone. Also never allow root access as it could increase the risks associated with your phone running into infected apps.
- Keep an eye out for application permissions. Not only should you only download apps from a known source but you should also check the permissions apps ask you for when installing the app. By paying attention to this, you will know what all the app is asking to access
- Make use of strong passwords always. For your phone, it is always a good idea to make use of passwords instead of pins or graphic codes. The best option would be a password and that too one which includes a combination of letters, numbers and characters. Also make sure to keep changing the password often and disable the option of showing the password while it is being typed
- Make sure to encrypt your data as this will make sure that no one can access the data on your phone even if it were to get lost or stolen. A password for this purpose is a better option and even in the latest version of android, encryption is based on a password or pin only.
- Keep a watch on your Wi-Fi connections because android by default will connect your device to any network you may have accessed. Considering open access points, it is quite likely that the hotspot could be malicious or have been created by a cyber attacker due to which you should try avoiding public hotspots and disable the default function so your phone doesn’t connect to open connections
- Make use of a VPN; this is particularly relevant when you want to use an un-trusted network connection or a public hotspot. By using a VPN, the data you transfer through the public network will be kept safe.
- Disable the option of notifications constantly being pushed to your phone and appearing on the status bar or display. Notifications may even include using codes to confirm transactions and transfer of sensitive data. While there is no one notification center through which you can disable this means that you would have to do so manually
- It would be a good idea to apply settings to the Google services as leakage of any information could lead to a number of negative consequences as culprits may be able to gain access to your messages and other data
- Get rid of any unnecessary apps or those which you don’t use. The greater the number of apps on your phone, the higher the risk for your phone to be the victim of malicious activities. Android phones often also come with a number of apps installed in them already, many of which aren’t used which is why you should delete them if you won’t be using them
- Make use of two factor authentication for apps and Google. This is one of the best ways to ensure that you have the maximum protection and security on your account. It consists of using a password along with a onetime code sent to your phone via text without which log ins aren’t possible thus providing the user with additional security