As the smartphone doubles up as our PC, wallet, diary and virtually everything else, its security becomes all the more important. This is a bit more complicated than just setting up a pin lock. Fortunately, there are plenty of tools that can help you achieve that.
Use Android’s built-in security:
This should be your first step. Android offers a number of features, which can be deployed with ease. The very basic is the screen lock that makes sure your phone cannot be unlocked without a PIN. Go to Settings->Security->Screen lock to activate the screen lock. You can also opt for Smart Lock if available. This will ensure that your phone is unlocked only under certain conditions.
Encrypt your phone:
This is recommended especially if you use your phone to store sensitive information. Go to Setting -> Security and then click on the Encrypt Phone option. This will encrypt your settings, downloaded apps, app data, accounts, media and other files. Decryption is possible through a PIN or restoring factory resetting.
Do not save all passwords:
There are many online services that act as password vaults, storing your password for easy retrieval. But this also makes your device vulnerable to theft if stolen. So, avoid storing all your passwords, especially those connected to sensitive content such as banking.
Lock your apps:
This is a secondary layer of protection. This feature makes sure that your apps remain locked even when your phone is unlocked. They can be opened only through a password. This is especially important in case of apps that store sensitive information. Fortunately, there are a number of free tools that can help you achieve this.
Check app permission:
Always check app permission when installing an app from Google Play. This will keep a check on the information that a particular app can access from your phone. Remember, not all apps on Google Play are safe and curtailing their access goes a long way in safeguarding your phone. You can also change permissions after installation by going to Settings->Apps. Click on individual apps and click on Permission.
Be careful when working on public WiFi networks:
Public Internets which are free may seem great, but they also expose your phone. Others can easily get access through the shared network. The network itself can be compromised through a malware-ridden system. So, be careful when surfing on public networks, especially when accessing sensitive sites.
Track your phone:
The track your phone option works through GPS, which can pinpoint the location of your phone. This proves useful if your phone is stolen.
Backup all data:
In this age of smartphone dependence, backing up of all data is a necessary precaution. Assume that your phone crashes or is stolen. This way you can at least retrieve all important data, including contacts, important documents and messages. Store all backup on the cloud or on an external drive.
Enable remote wipe:
Assume that the worst case scenario has come true and your phone is stolen without any chance of retrieval. Assume also that the it can be hacked quite easily. So, you next step must be to activate remote wiping so that no sensitive information can be misused.
Android Security Tips are Shared By Sandeep, Who is working as Developer in Android Apps Development Company India. Comment Below if You have any idea to develop android application.