There is no debating that the Android operating system is the one of best in the world of smartphones and as with any software, it is susceptible to harm. You need to ensure a lot of protection on your android device and with the following steps you can ensure that nothing unforeseen happens to your device.
Unless you know exactly what you’re doing and you’re absolutely willing to take the risk, the tips mentioned below should be strictly followed by regular Android user unless, of course, you’re an advanced user.
Rooting is a big security risk
There are claims that you need to root your device before you can get the best out of it but in reality, rooting you device opens it up to dangers you might not be aware of. With apps gaining root access to your device, your sensitive data may be compromised.
Disable unofficial apps installation
It is easy to get affected by malware on your android device if you download apps from outside the Google play store. In the settings menu of any device there is a check box that disables installing non official apps.
Update your android device
Always keep your android device up to date and if you are worried about some data problems or hacks, the best thing to do is to download the update a few days after it has been released, then the kinks can be fixed up.
Do not connect to unknown WiFi networks
An unsecured wifi network may seem like a brilliant godsend but it is often very dangerous especially if you are using an older version of the android operating system.
Use the Chrome browser
Although all the android updates come with a default browser, it is better to use the chrome browser since it comes pre-installed and hence should have been more worked on than the normal array of browsers available.
Put a lock on the screen
This might not seem as a big thing but a lock screen is a very simple and effective method to keep your device safe and adds at least a layer of protection to your device.
Try Plan B
Everyone faces this problem some time or another, their phone gets stolen. One of the best options is to use Plan B which is available on the Google Play website and if successful, it will send the location of the device to the Gmail account linked with it.
Download an anti-malware app
The android operating system has been in the market for a few years and hence is susceptible to malware so most of the big anti-virus companies have their own Android anti-malware apps including Kaspersky, AVG, Avast and Norton. A free app for this is Lookout and TrustGo.
Keep all sensitive information behind an extra encryption layer
Keeping sensitive information on your android device must be avoided at all times, however if it really is necessary to keep important files on the device. Use an app which will store this information behind password protection and encryption. A couple of them include mSecure and File Hide Expert.
Keeping these tips in mind, you can keep your android device safe from most attacks. You should always be careful of what you download on these smartphones and what network/wifi you are connected to. Another top tip is to keep the mobile network data switched off when its not needed, unless you need to be connected 24/7 to the internet, switching it off will keep unwanted updates away and keep your device safe.