Android is the most popular operating system in mobile technology, with millions of users throughout the world. This also means that there are a great number of potential threats facing users. Luckily, there are ways to protect your device from lurking dangers and outright attacks. Our guide will show you how to safeguard your device from physical and digital risks.
Protecting your Android device from digital risks and theft should be a priority as most hackers continue to take advantage of Android’s vulnerability. However, you don't need to purchase the best and latest software app in order to protect your device, as most of the best protection against common Android threats can be established through your device's settings.
Create multiple accounts on your device for different usersThis feature is incredibly useful for shared devices. It's like having three devices in one as each user can download their own apps, customize wallpapers, and set settings according to their personal preference.
While sharing a device is useful, it can lead to an increased risk that personal and sensitive information stored in your device be leaked or seen by someone you don't want to. If you have more than one person using the same tablet, then adding a new account for them is a great idea.
Make use of the different screen lock methodsAndroid devices have multiple ways you can lock and unlock them, which are commonly called lock screens. These provide an extra layer of protection as they require you to unlock a device with either a unique code, pattern or even face recognition before gaining access.
Just as you would with passwords, it is wise to update your screen lock methods periodically. Just make sure that you remember the unique combination you’ve set or you might find yourself locked out of your own device.
Don’t use third party alternative sites to download appsGoogle Play is the safest place to download apps for your tablet. Third party alternative sites might appear to have an interesting line-up of downloadable apps, but be wary as these could be malicious apps disguised and posted by hackers looking to gain access your device. It's not worth the risk.
As an additional tip, always read reviews before downloading apps, even in Google Play. These reviews often tell you more about the app and whether it is legitimate or not.
Be cautious about sending sensitive information over a public WI-Fi hotspotWhen connected to public Wi-Fi there is always a possibility that everything you are sending, whether you are filling out an online form or uploading images, is being captured by somebody else on the network. When using public Wi-Fi, make sure to only browse sites that you won't be logging into and do not fill out personal information in online forms.
Activate Android device managerThis feature is a tool that can help you locate your device by using your Web browser or another mobile device. You can activate it by going to Settings > Device > Administrators and selecting “Android Device manager”. If your device has been stolen or is missing you can also use the manager to remotely wipe data.
Download an antivirus appThere is no excuse not to have antivirus software on your tablet as there are a number of great apps that provide full protection for free. There are even apps that automatically take a picture using your device’s front camera whenever the unique combination of your screen lock method is wrongly entered several times.
Keep an eye on your device as you would valuable itemsAndroid tablets are considered a hot device in the market today, which means that thieves are always on the lookout for potential victims. Treat your device as you would your cash, jewelry, and other valuables. Avoid using your device in crime-prone areas so as not to attract attention and be robbed.
Continue to exercise vigilance in opening emails and avoid going to shady websites, as hackers may be phishing for your personal data such as log in information or credit card details.
As long as you keep these tips in mind, you can safeguard your device from both physical and digital risks. After all, nobody wants their tablet and the sensitive information stored on it end up in the wrong hands.
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