Ten important tips for android users
Android helps you to encode your personal data. You'll have to use a code or password each time the device is switched to decode all the data. If the phone gets into the wrong hands, there's no way to access the data without a password or PIN if the device is restarted. This way, your sensitive data stays safe though the device becomes a little slow. It can be activated through the Android device's Security Settings.
#9 Screen lock
Screen lock is the most basic feature in an Android. A screen lock allows you to guard the device by using a pattern, PIN or password. It can be activated through the Android device's Security Settings. Following the activation of the lock, the device can be set to lock automatically after a specific time period or by pressing the Power key.
#8 Talk to IT before using it for work
There's always a risk in using your personal phone for your professional work. According to security solutions firm ESET, around 30-40% of devices in workplaces are vulnerable to threats unless users are educated about risks. If you plan to use your personal device for work, check with your workplace's IT team before configuring it to access and store work related data.
#7 Activate Google's Android Device Manager
This is a very important app. Even if you loose your phone the Android Device Manager feature allows you to track a device on Google Maps. It also enables you to ring the device at full volume for five minutes and even erase all the data. Now these are some fun features. In order to verify if it's enabled, you can go to the Settings menu on your device and tap on Security. It can be enabled through the Device Administrators setting under Security Settings.
#6 Use SD cards sensitively
This is a very important tip for not only android user but for everyone. Do not store sensitive information in your sd card since it is easy to remove them and access the data stored. If you need to store important information, keep it on internal storage.
#5 Avoid installing apps from unknown sources
Always download apps from trustworthy sources. While apps on the Google Play Store are not curated as diligently as Apple's App Store, it is still the safest place to download and install apps on Android platform.
#4 Lock your Apps
You can protect your apps even more by locking them. A number of apps are available on Play Store that offer an additional level of protection for individual apps. Such apps ask you to set up a password or PIN code that needs to be entered whenever you open the particular protected apps.
#3 Don't root your phone
Although by rooting your phone, you can install custom Android ROMs and even some incompatible apps but apps with root access get unhindered access to your device's file-system, exposing it to more damage in case a malicious app is installed. It also voids your phones warranty.
#2 Sign out or use incognito mode while browsing
A very important advice. Remember to sign out of Chrome while browsing the web on an Android device or use incognito mode, especially if you share devices and PCs. Chrome records your search and browsing history and syncs it across all devices on which you've signed-in. so make sure you sign out every time you sign in.
#1 Keep your device software up to date
Always update your android. Google releases software updates that also include several security patches. Check for software updates using the device Settings, where youll find a System Updates option in the About Device menu. This will keep your device up to date.
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