10 Simple Ways to Protect Your Android Smartphones from Hackers

Our lives have become hassle-free with smart phones as they have become part and parcel of our day-to-day lives. High usage of internet has bought the world now on our fingertips. Smart phones are not only used for shopping, food ordering, cab booking, movie tickets, payment making for various services, internet banking  but also for storing our valuable and personal information like passwords, emails, chats, photographs, bank and credit card details and many more.

However we usually don’t pay much attention towards the safeguarding overall data stored on our smartphones. Unquestionably, they are numerous in-built security measures, but they are not entirely hack-proof.

This article will highlight some 10 simple security tips that any Android smartphone users can follow to keep hackers at bay…

PIN/passwords to lock screen

It is very important every time to utilize a PIN or a password to protect your smartphone. Incorporating this security layer to your smartphone can benefit a lot. And if you are someone who has a tough time memorizing passwords, you can go in for a pattern lock as an alternative.

Lock apps on your device

Merely utilizing a password isn’t always adequate. You should also lock individual apps particularly those like mobile wallets and online shopping with their individual passwords as well. There are plenty of ways to go about it. For instance, certain smartphones come with the in-built app locking functionality.

Some apps for example Paytm also comprise built-in locking features. Lastly, there are various third-party security apps accessible on the Google Play Store that you can use to lock these individual apps.

Download apps from trusted sources

Download apps only from trusted sources such as the Google Play Store. Also, don’t forget to check ratings, number of downloads and reviews of an app before hitting the download button. Checking the privacy policy of the app you are downloading is compulsory as well.

Read app permissions before downloading an app

This is one more significant step to keep in mind. When downloading an app from the Google Play Store, make sure you read the complete information about all the data it will have access to, once downloaded. For example, if a payment app has access to your phone’s camera, you obviously know that it isn’t required.

Download Android Device Manager

You will thank us for this. We feel Android Device Manager is one of the most useful apps by Google out there. If you ever happen to lose your Android smartphone, Android Device Manager can help you locate it.

The app can come in really handy in tracking and getting back lost or stolen Android devices. It can even be used to factory reset devices remotely, provided the functionality has been configured properly beforehand.

Google Authenticator is a must have

You can bank on Google Authenticator to add an extra layer of security to your accounts. It is Google’s app to enable two-factor authentication. The app makes it easy to get time-bound authentication codes for logging into accounts for which you have two-factor authentication enabled. What’s best about Google Authenticator is that it works offline, and even for some non-Google services.

Download an Antivirus app

Sounds very obvious, but it is a critical step to follow, considering the kind of important information our devices have. So don’t forget to install an antivirus app.

Avoid using public Wi-Fi

Always avoid using public Wi-Fi networks if you can. You can never be sure if they are 100% safe. Also, make sure your phone doesn’t automatically connect to Wi-Fi networks when in their range. Always keep Wi-Fi switched off when it’s not required. Set your phone to manually settings in case of public Wi-Fi.

Configure Bluetooth settings properly

Firstly, make your device is set as ‘Non-discoverable’ in its Bluetooth settings. That’s because if they are always set as visible, smartphones are more prone to getting targeted by hackers. Just like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth should also be kept switched off when not in use.

Never root your device

No matter how tempted you may feel, don’t root your smartphone. While rooting has its benefits, it also makes your smartphone vulnerable to malware and other such attacks. Hope this article has benefited you all. Share your experiences in our comment box for safe calling.

Author: Trupti Parekh Jain
Trupti Parekh Jain is having experience of 5+ years in content writing in diverse domain like Health, Beauty & Wellness, Food, Home Decor, Travel, Brand Licensing, Real Estate, Ghost Writing for e-papers and many more and is writing content for franchise industry since  two plus years. Through the articles & blogs, have highlighted the franchise opportunities and other details going around in franchise industry

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