Never leave your phone unattended
Before checking things like virus and data stealing apps, the most basic form of security is always to limit physical access to your personal device. At this time there might be hundreds of advanced remote attacks online but if all I have to do is rapidly pick up your phone and thus gain access to your emails, PayPal account, while you pop off to enjoy an espresso then all the security software on earth won’t do you any good.
A lock screen is a must
It’s imperative that you use a lock screen. This blocks anyone from young children to determined snoopers from sneakily being able to access your very own phone. Latest Android versions include an entire gamut of lock screen solutions which include pattern unlock, PIN numbers and also password protection. To set up these go to Settings then simply tap Security.
Some apps like NQ Mobile Vault can also help you with to set a PIN to unlock your screen.
Set a password to secure all purchases on Google Play
It can also be possible to set a password for purchases in Google Play. With a password no one will be able to spend money on content from Google Play Store. To set it, launch the Google Play app, head to setting next tap “Use password to restrict purchases”.
Install a device location app
A lock screen is going to block snoopers but nevertheless the criminal will definitely leave with your device and attempt to pull-out the data later on or wipe it and sell it afterwards. The first couple of hours right after your device has been stolen are the most critical. To locate your phone you will need to use a cellphone location app or alternatively install a security app with an anti-theft option.
Avoid apps from suspicious third party app stores
Only use stores like Google Play or the Amazon App Store. Due to the fact that Android is very popular, it is normal for it to become a viruses target. Malware creators don’t spend their time and effort creating viruses for a mobile platform that nobody is using. The largest number of Android malware requires to be installed manually. You can find a few exceptions however normally it is actually unsuspecting people that install the malware by themselves onto their personal smartphones. Over 99% of Android malware is spread via third party app websites. Don’t rely on them.
Review app permissions
Games basically don’t need to send Text messages or anything else. A limited percentage of malware is spread through Google Play, nevertheless the apps with problems normally merely stay alive a couple of hours on the store before being deleted. To stay away from these kinds of few cases make sure to browse through other people’s comments and also each time check the app permissions.
Use an antivirus app
Seems basic but a lot of people forget to use one!
Avoid rooting your device
A lot of people are really keen on rooting their device. The lure of customized ROMs along with the capability to modify different components of the OS are common part of what makes Android cool. However, Android was made with a very specific security model which restricts what an app can perform. By rooting a device this security model cracks. The problem is there are specific types of Android malware that circumvent Android’s security mechanisms by using the existing root access. With root vulnerability, the malware may gain access to parts of Android which were supposed to be protected by the permissions system.
Did you know you could implement complete encryption on your device? By encrypting your current device all the data including your Google Accounts, app data, media and saved info etc… is now inaccessible without the correct password or PIN. Whenever you start the device you have to type the PIN or password to decrypt it. Assuming your device has precious data on it using this encryption is a must.
Use a VPN on non-secured WIFI connections
Keep in mind that if you are using an open public non-secured WIFI hotspot all of the data that is sent using http :// ( instead of https :// ) can be viewed by any network snooper. Security experts have demonstrated just how simple it is to steal passwords from famous social networks simply by using a laptop and hanging around nearby an public hotspot. Stay away from revealing your personal info: avoid using open WIFI hotspots or choose a virtual private network (VPN) to secure your connection.
Follow these simple advices and remain vigilant. It will keep you away from security troubles with malware, thieves, hackers and any grumpy cats! OK last part wasn’t true, but the rest is!