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.
- 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!