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    December 2, 2015

    Top 5: Android Security Tips

    Smartphones are quickly replacing PCs as the primary device where we can shop, bank, and store our personal information. That means they‘re becoming an attractive target for cybercriminals who want to get their hands on our passwords and private information.

    Luckily, with some care and the use of the right tools, you can protect yourself from criminals with plans to hijack your phone or access the sensitive data you keep on it. These are our top Android security tips, but also check out our Top 5 Free Android Security Apps.

    Keep your software updated

    Your operating system and your applications will regularly receive software updates. As annoying as they can be, these updates often address known security vulnerabilities in the software. So be sure to check for regular updates and download them. To save on mobile data costs, update Android and your apps on a Wi-Fi connection. 

    Lock your screen

    Lock your screen behind a pattern, PIN, password, or a fingerprint (if your phone has a biometric reader) to protect your data from a thief and prevent him or her from running up your phone bill.

    Turn off cookies and autofill

    Switch off autofill in your browser settings. This feature, which stores and automatically enters logins and passwords for web sites, can expose you to privacy and security risks. If you want a convenient way to securely store and manage multiple passwords, rather use an app like 1Password. This tool creates strong, unique passwords for every site, remembers them, and logs you in with a single tap.

    Download apps from trusted sources

    Download apps only from trusted sources such as the official Google Play and Amazon app stores. The official app stores scan apps for malware and spyware, offering you a little more protection than you‘d get by simply downloading apps from a random web site offering “˜free‘ apps. Don‘t download Android Package files (APKs) from the web, since they bypass app store certifications and may contain malware.

     

    Turn on the Android Device Manager

    The Android Device Manager allows you to remotely lock, wipe, and locate your device if it goes missing. With Android Device Manager, you will be able to locate and ring your phone if you misplace it. To set up this feature, look at the security function in your settings manager. Once you‘ve configured it, you can access Android Device Manager from any web browser, and gain access to your smartphone.

    What do you think about our Android security suggestions? Or our Android security apps for that matter? Let us know in the comments below.

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