Android phones have virtually no competition because of its amazing features, and that’s why it has captured 90% market. However, security is a concern always lurking in the mind of Android users whenever they plan to buy a smartphone. There are ways to make your phone more secure and they are very effective as well. Securing your Android phone or Android tablet is more than adding a PIN lock (although you should certainly do that). It involves from dealing with app permissions to locking down apps, from Android viruses to tracking down a stolen phone.
# 1 Set up a screen lock
This is unarguably the first step towards protecting your smartphone. You can set a PIN lock, pattern lock, password lock and, a fingerprint or eye scanner locks (if your device supports it). The process is extremely easy: go to Settings > Security > Screen lock to get started.
# 2 Add an extra layer of protection
You can add an extra layer of protection to your apps by locking down those apps you really wouldn’t want to get into the wrong hands. Not only does this let you toggle on and off a PIN lock for individual apps such as Facebook and Gmail, but it has a secure fault for hiding photos and video that shouldn’t be seen by prying eyes.
# 3 Fix security vulnerability
Android- and app updates don’t just bring new features, but also bring bug fixes and patches to security vulnerabilities. You should ensure your apps are set to auto-update over Wi-Fi in Google Play’s Settings > General > Auto-update apps menu, and make sure you have applied any new operating system updates in Settings > About Phone > System updates.
Android Marshmallow now has the ability to manage app permissions and control. If an app needs a permission you haven’t granted, it will prompt you for permission. You can find App Permissions in Settings > Apps > App Permissions.
# 4 Protect from Android viruses
Android viruses are few and far between, and you’re more likely to find yourself in trouble by clicking on a dodgy link in Gmail or a text message giving away sensitive personal information. Some people like to install an antivirus app such as Lookout, Avast or AVG Free, but all you need do to avoid Android viruses by sticking to downloading apps only from Google Play. If you do think your phone or tablet may have contracted a virus.
Smartphones and tablets are mobile devices, which mean we are as likely to use them in a cafe or pub as in our own homes provided free Wi-Fi is available. Just don’t fall into the trap of jumping onto an unsecured wireless network. A ‘free’ internet connection may be taking a great deal more from you in return.