The security of smartphones and other devices is a concern for many people, with the rise of data theft and malicious software affecting both personal users and businesses. Securing devices and taking steps to reduce the risk of unauthorized access to personal data is essential for all smartphone and tablet owners. You can protect your Android devices with these simple security tips.
Use a Screen Lock
Android devices allow you to set a screen lock that requires user action to access the device. User actions can include entering a PIN code, password or pattern sequence. Some devices allow extra security by requiring your fingerprint to unlock the screen while other devices use facial recognition and eye scanners to protect your data.
Protect Important Apps
Many apps allow you to set a password or PIN code to access the program. While it may not be necessary to use a password for most applications, any program that has access to sensitive data or personal information should be protected by an extra layer of security.
Check Application Permissions
Before installing software downloaded from the Google Play store, you will be prompted to review the list of permissions required to run the app. Always check for suspicious entries on the permissions list, such as apps requiring access to your contact list for no obvious reason.
Avoid Apps from Unknown Sources
Never download or install an app from an unknown source or website that you don’t trust. Many websites host genuine applications for users to download, but these often come bundled with malicious software. Ideally, all apps should be installed directly from the Google Play store, as Google monitor the safety and content of all programs included in their store.
Download Regular Updates
System updates and application updates often contain bug fixes and security patches to prevent hackers from exploiting software vulnerabilities to access your device. Software companies release new updates whenever a vulnerability is identified and a patch created, so it’s important to update your system and applications regularly.
Use Remote Security Settings
Remote security settings allow you to use a simple command to track or wipe your device, enabling you to control access to your data even if your device is lost or stolen. Some smartphones and tablets come with built-in remote security settings, but there is also a wide variety of remote security programs available through the Google Play store.
Protecting your smartphone, tablet and other devices with a few simple security steps helps to prevent unauthorized access to your devices and personal information. In addition, using an antivirus program can help to monitor your device for malicious software.