If you have an Android phone or tablet, chances are it holds a world of information about you and your family and friends. Our devices carry so much of critical information that it becomes essential to keep them amidst high security. From online banking details to personal photos and videos, there are so many things stored in our phones and tablets.
Here are a few tips that can help you enhance the security of your Android device.
Ensure that the screen is always lock
Set up a screen lock so that even if your phone or tablet falls into wrong hands, they cannot access it. You can see a password lock, pattern lock or a PIN lock to secure your device. Advanced technology offers more options such as eye scanner or fingerprint lock so there’ s absolutely no excuse to not set a screen lock.
Update your operating system and apps
We suggest that you always update your operating system and apps as the updates don’t just bring new features. They also have bug fixes and patches that come really handy to improve device security. You may set your apps to auto update so that it does not always seeks your permission to update.
Do not download apps from other sources other than Google Play
We strongly recommend that you do not download any apps from other sources other than Google Play as Google does not have any control on the apps from other sources. It is difficult to authenticate such apps, hence they may contain malware waiting to affect your device. So, stay safe and avoid downloading apps from untrusted sources.
Be careful when giving permission to apps
When you download a new app on your device, it will seek several permissions. For example, if it is a game app that it will seek permission to view your contact list so that you can compete with your friends. It is a messaging app that it might seek permission to access your media files so that you can send pictures and videos. When giving permissions always be careful about what you allow. This is one of the most important reasons why you must download apps only from Google Play store.
Keep your apps and media files locked
To add an extra layer of security to your apps, you must lock the apps and media so that they do not fall in wrong hands. You can set a PIN so that no one other than you can access your social account. There’s also feature that allows you to hide photos and videos that you do not want to be seen by others.