A kid once asked me, “What is Android?”, to which my response was, “It is a Devil in disguise, child! Use it carefully, or it might cause trouble!” Android, in its entirety, is one of the biggest boons the smartphone world has received, and yet, thanks to its Open-Source nature, and the ability it gives a user to perform almost anything–of course, in the confines of a smartphone–that one wishes to do!

But this is the 21st century, and if you haven’t understood this by now, it is high time that you do: Everything comes at a price! And I say this because the usability that Android provides, posits varied loop-holes in its security.

But, with the dawn of the uber-chic tech, one doesn’t need to be too concerned.

Here, we present to you the best tips to help you with the best possible ways to keep your Android device just as safe and secure.

  • Pass codes, Pass locks, Patterns

Be it a physical theft of phones, or a virus-infected hacking, Pass codes and PassLocks should be put up at every step. If not, then at least on the lock screen! Android also provides Bio-metric security options such as Facial Recognition, Finger-print Scanning and the likes.

The passwords to all your accounts shouldn’t be the same. And just like the doctors recommend changing your toothpastes and towels every few months, we prefer changing the passwords equally often!

  •  Don’t Root your phone

Rooting or jail breaking your smartphone implies an open invite to any and every hacker in the world! Every user roots a smartphone for a different purpose. One is suggested to root a smartphone only when the pros of rooting outweigh the cons.

Plus, if you’re willing to root a phone, don’t forget to be extra cautious about the security features. Do keep some extra-sturdy, root-supported applications ready for your phone.

  • Don’t Trust Anyone

Okay, this might have come out a bit dramatically, but don’t authorize any and every application on your smartphone to access anything or everything on your phone. Be very choosy about the permissions you give an application, especially if the app comes from an untrustworthy source.

For this, go to the Settings>Applications>Choose an Application>Scroll Down on the Permissions>Choose wisely.

  • Install an Anti-Virus

The first thing you do when you buy a new smartphone today, is download a good Anti-Virus software, one that provides abundant security from all kinds of malware and viruses (both from external memory drives connected, and from the plethora of online content available).

The best ones to choose from, are: McAfee, AVG, Lookout Grace.

  • Keep Location Settings Enabled

This is one of the most important steps towards making sure that you never lose track of your phone! Keeping location services available would allow your linked account to know where of your phone is, and to subsequently erase/block all content from your phone, if and when it gets lost/stolen.

  •  Set up a SIM Lock

Setting up a SIM Lock provides an extra layer of protection when making phone calls or sending text messages. It requires the user to enter a code before making any of the aforementioned functions. Although this doesn’t seem to be a very reliable and comfortable method of using a smartphone, it might help when the chances of something malicious happening are on the heavier side.
With these small hacks enabled, you’ll sure have a smartphone ready to tackle the malevolent of the tech-world!

2 thoughts on “How to make your Android smartphone Safe & Secure?”

  1. Pass codes can be hacked. Patters can be bypassed. Android Facial recognition can be fooled. An antivirus is useless if my phone actually falls into the hand of a wrong person. You did not even mention Android full device encryption. This article does not give any useful info.

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