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Despite being open-source platform Android adhere to all security norms when it comes to user’s security. It works on latest techniques and smart algorithms to provide round-the-clock security to users worldwide. Android offers various built-in features to keep your device security intact. You can use these built-in features for improved device security. Additionally, you can use anti-malware and security apps for extended security of your device. Let’s discuss few useful security tips to keep your Android device safe.
Secure Android with Screen lock: This simple yet powerful step can help you protect your device data from falling into wrong hands when your device is lost or misplaced. It is also useful to keep your data away from prying eyes. Your device offers multiple locking options including PIN lock, password lock, pattern lock, and fingerprint or eye scanner lock. You can use one of these options to keep your device safe. In fact, following this simple steps can help you avoid more problematic situation like data loss. To activate screen lock on your device, head to Settings > Security > Screen Lock and select screen lock option from given options.
Enable Find My Device feature: Android offers built-in feature to help you track your device in case it is lost or misplaced. Android Device Manager or Find My Device is feature available with all Android devices. This feature allows Google Play Services to perform numerous tasks when your device is lost. It includes erase your all data, change the screen-unlock password and lock the screen. Additionally, it helps you remotely track your Android device and make it ring (even when it is on silent mode).
To enable this feature on your device, go to Settings > Google > Google Settings > Security and enable “Find MY Device” or “Android Device Manager” feature. On some other device, you may find it under, Settings > Security > Device Administrator > Find My Device/Android Device Manager. This built-in app is one of the best security apps for Android that offers extensive security to your device.
Keep OS and apps up-to-date: Malware attackers often attack users with old software as security of these devices can be easily breached with known security loopholes. With software update on your device, manufacturers not only offer additional and latest features but it also offers bug fixes, security patches and much more. These updates include security patches against all latest security vulnerabilities. Thus, for your device data security, you can consider keeping your device updated all the time.
You can enable auto-update feature, under Google Play’s Settings > General > Auto-update apps menu. You should also keep this feature enabled on your device, under Settings > About Phone > System Updates.
Avoid downloading from Unknown Sources: Android blocks downloading from unknown sources by default under Settings > Security > Device Administration > Unknown Sources. It is safe and productive when you download apps from Google Play Store as it keeps utmost security measures in place to avoid any malicious content or app reaching you. It works on advanced techniques and smart algorithms to keep all malicious content at bay.
Thus, you should consider downloading from Google Play Store avoiding less secured third-party apps by disabling Unknown Sources feature. This simple step will play deterrent against any malicious content reaching your device or possible data loss. You should consider using this step as improved security measures.
Backup Data: Next security tip to follow is, keep your data backup to avoid data loss in any problematic situation. You can take data backup on some external device, flash drive or even on cloud servers for easy access. Once you have data backup at other location you can survive various troublesome situation like malware attack, device malfunctioning etc. Choosing cloud servers to back up your data prove efficient as you can access or store data on cloud servers anytime anywhere.
Conclusion: Following certain security tips while using Android device can help you avoid data loss or other issues. These simple tips & tricks can help you improve your device performance for longer time. Apart from above-mentioned steps, you can install anti-malware app, look for device insurance, set up an additional user account for friends & family, manage app permissions, lock your apps and do much more.
Summary: Android is an advanced platform that offers numerous security features to keep your device security intact. Let’s discuss few important security tips you should follow to avoid inconvenience.