Six Simple Steps to Secure your Android Smartphone

Smartphone has become one of the most important gadgets for almost every person in today’s era. Life seems absolutely incompletely without smartphones. Whether you wish to socialize or do a few important tasks, run a business or play a game, send an email or take a picture, a smartphone is one and all that you really need. It’ll help you do all that you wish to, and that too in a pocket-friendly size. Gone are the days when computers did not even exist and then gradually, computers were replaced by laptops and even though laptops hold some importance today, you can still get done with most of the work through your mobile phone. Throwing a few pennies to buy a phone is easy and then adding a few more pennies to upgrade your phone is even easier but taking care of the phone and keeping it safe is secure can be the tricky part especially in Android phones. There are a few built-in security features that you need to learn and use in order to keep your Android phone protected.

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Put a Strong Passcode

The first and most important step in keeping your phone secure is putting a strong passcode. You are allowed to set a passcode in every phone for security purpose and majority of the new phones that are being launched come with fingerprint scans which ensure extra security. It is very important to choose a pattern or combination that is not easy to guess. A few android phones also offer face unlock which seems secure but actually isn’t because if a person has your photo, your phone can easily get unlocked. A few new phones like Huawei P20 pro also offer 3D facial scanning which cannot be opened with a photo.

Lock Your Apps

A few smartphone brands offer the app locking feature otherwise if your phone does not have that, you can easily install and app which offers this feature. This way your apps can be locked and you can only open them with a passcode or fingerprint scan. This is an additional form of security of your data, messages or pictures in the apps in case you hand your phone to someone else. A few third-party apps like AppLock and Norton Applock act in the same manner.

Use Two-Factor Authentication

Two-factor authentication is ignored by quite a few users as it seems to be a hassle. This feature helps you to authenticate with a passcode and also an authentication code generated directly via an app or sent via OTP every time. This feature is offered by most of the apps including Google, Facebook, Instagram, Apple, Twitter, Microsoft, Amazon, Yahoo, LinkedIn, Snapchat, Pinterest, Dropbox, PayPal, Evernote and many more.

You can check for this feature in the security settings and then enable it. Once this authentication is enabled, even if someone gets access to your password, they will not be able to access your data without the authentication key.

Install Security Apps

Just like your computer system, your smartphone is also susceptible to data theft. Therefore, it is important to download security apps just like you install on your computer.

There are security apps available from all known companies such as Avast, Bitdefender, McAfee, Norton, Kaspersky, Trend Micro etc. You will get a number of security features depending on the free or paid version you go for.

Only Use Trusted Apps

A department is dedicated by Google to an inspection of apps being added to the play store for users. This helps in removing majority of the harmful apps before they reach the users. However, there are also various other sources from where apps can be downloaded for Android and there are no security checks if the apps are safe or malicious. So, to be on the safest side, it is advised that you disable the installation of apps from unknown sources.

Go to settings then security on your android smartphone and you will see an option of ‘Install apps from Unknown Sources’, just turn that off and you’re good to go.

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Update Phone and Apps Regularly

This is sound to be the most basic thing but a lot of users avoid updating phones and apps regularly. Google keeps bringing security updates and patches regularly to all the android operated phones, which are passed down to the users via air updates. What’s always important is to keep a check yourself regarding the updates on your phone and install them as soon as they are available to improve your phone’s security as well as performance.

Similarly, app developers also add features and security updates to their apps on the play store regularly. They also give details regarding the new update adds to the app for users before installing the update. It is always recommended that you regularly check the play store for updates and make sure that you have the latest version of the app installed on your device.



Conclusion

With these few simple apps, you can now make your Android phone absolutely protected and secured! Make sure you do while you purchase the best mobile phones because keeping it safe is equally important.

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