Here’s how to keep your Android phone secure.

How to Make Android Secure Possible

Here are 12 ways to keep  your Android device safe. Many of these are pretty simple, but security is really more about doing safe things every time than fancy complicated security tricks.

  • 1. Avoid dodgy public WiFi networks
  • 2. Set a screen lock
  • 3. Lock individual apps & media
  • 4. Keep Android & apps uptodate
  • 5. Don’t download apps outside Google Play
  • 6. Manage app permissions
  • 7. Set up user accounts
  • 8. Be careful what information you share
  • 9. Set up remote tracking & wiping
  • 10. Back up Android
  • 11. Encrypt Android
  • 12. Use a secure messaging app

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1. Avoid dodgy public WiFi networks

Smartphones and tablets are mobile devices, which means we are as likely to use them in a cafe or pub as we are our own homes. Provided free WiFi is available, of course. Just don’t fall into the trap of jumping on to an unsecured wireless network just so you can take advantage of a free internet connection when out and about – whoever is providing that free internet connection may be taking a great deal more from you in return.

2. Set a screen lock

Setting up a screen lock is the simplest way to protect Android when your phone or tablet falls into the wrong hands. These days you can set a PINlock, patternlock, passwordlock and, if your device supports it, a fingerprint or eye scanner lock. It’s so easy to do you really have no excuse.

3. Lock individual apps & media

You can add an extra layer of protection to your apps by locking down those you really wouldn’t want to get into the wrong hands with an app such as AppLock. Not only does this let you toggle on and off a PINlock for individual apps such as Facebook and Gmail, but it has a secure fault for hiding photos and video that shouldn’t be seen by prying eyes.

4. Keep Android & apps uptodate

Android- and app updates don’t just bring newfeatures, but also bug fixes and patches to security vulnerabilities.

5. Don’t download apps outside GooglePlay

Google has no control over apps outside its app store, so only those who really know what they’re doing should even think about side loading, and doing so only from trustedsources.

6. Manage app permissions

A benefit of downloading apps only from GooglePlay is that it will tell you which permissions an app requires before you install it, and if you have a recent version of Android you’ll also be prompted to accept permissions as and when they are required.

Since AndroidLollipop we’ve been able to set up multiple user accounts on tablets, and more recently on phones. If you are going to be sharing your device with another family member, a colleague or a friend, you can give them access to only the parts of your Android that you are willing to let them see.

8. Be careful what information you share

We’ve often complained that people are sharing too much information on social media, such as publicizing the fact they are going abroad for a week on Facebook and leaving their home vulnerable to burglars (don’t do that), but with Android you may find you’re sharing too much information with yourself.

9. Set up remote tracking & wiping

Device Manager is an excellent tool for tracking down and, if necessary, wiping a lost or stolen Androidphone or tablet. It’s a free app for your phone or tablet from GooglePlay, but can also be accessed on any web browser in which you are signed into a Google account.

10. Back up Android

It’s not just the fact that our data might get into the wrong hands when our device is lost or stolen that it worrying – it’s also the fact it will no longer be in our hands. Backingup Android is essential, and in doing so you can tie everything to your Google account rather than a piece of hardware that could break at any point.

11. Encrypt Android

Those wanting to secure their Android device will more than likely have spotted the encryption option in Settings > Security > Encryption. This scrambles all the data on the phone apps, media and more until you put in the decryption password, which you will need to do every time you turn it on.

12. Use a secure messaging app

Where do your text messages go once they’ve left your phone, and can others snoop on them? That all depends on the service you are using.

Popular instant messaging service Whats App now offers endtoend encryption.

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Source: techadvisor

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