Android, as you all know, is the operating system that has the major share in the mobile phone market. But it is also awful at protecting user’s privacy. Although Google is trying hard to beef up the security with newer versions and monthly updates, the phone manufacturers fail to customise the update for their own devices leaving millions of devices at risk.
Earlier this week, a report(by a Security firm) was floating over the internet that suggests using only Google’s Nexus devices or Samsung’s devices. It was because of the fact that only these phones get the monthly security updates on time. What does this mean? If you are not owning either of the devices, then your phone is in trouble.
Today we will discuss about the ways to improve the security of your current android device in all possible ways.
Starting from the initial step, set up a security for your lock screen. We recommend that you use a pin or password lock than face unlock or pattern for better security. Bigger passwords makes it harder to crack. Pattern lock has only a very limited set of combinations with the 9 dots.
If you are on cyanogenmod, make sure you use a bigger pattern, like a 25 dot pattern.
Keep Your Apps Secure
If you have apps that contain personal information such as password managers, business email accounts, etc., use an app lock to lock them down to prevent unauthorised access. You can also lock the gallery and messaging apps if they contain private information.
If your are too safety conscious, better not have a password manager client in your phone.
Encrypt The Data On The Disk
Android provides its own encryption for your apps and data on your storage. You can set it up at Settings->Security->Encrypt Phone. It uses a secret code(key) to secure your data so that intruders cannot read it directly. Initial encryption may take an hour or two but newer data will be encrypted immediately. Starting from Android Marshmallow (6.0), encryption is enabled by default.
Although they don’t provide ultimate security, antivirus softwares do provide some decent amount of protection. Most of such apps in the play store scan all the applications on the phone and also the data in your device to find problems and malicious files. Recommended: Avast Antivirus
Nowadays, people tend to connect to WiFi hotspots just to enjoy free data. Do you know that your data through the hotspot can be captured to collect your private information? Yeah, you heard it right. You have two options to choose from. Either stop connecting to such free WiFi hotspots or use a good VPN service. A VPN is a service through which your data is encrypted and sent. It makes the data difficult to decrypt and understand. Read more about VPN here.
All these make it harder and harder to hack your device. But whatever it is, you device wont be as secure as the device that gets the latest updates. So try not to install unnecessary apps from unknown sources. Also make sure you don’t perform any banking operations from your device as there are many malwares that steal financial data.