How to Secure Data from Your Android Smartphone

Today’s smartphone is different from the mobile phones that we had many years ago. While feature phones allowed us mainly to call and send text messages smartphones can do a whole lot more. You can surf the web, take photos, do banking transactions, play games, the list goes on. Although smartphones have brought to us lots of conveniences there is also a big disadvantage to owning one.  
Imagine storing your data in your favorite Android smartphone (personal details, photos, emails, login information) and then suddenly you lose your smartphone. It doesn’t matter if you leave it in a taxi or probably dropped it somewhere. The thing is, your data will be exposed which can often be used by unscrupulous individuals for monetary gain.

It is therefore important that you secure your Android smartphone the first time you turn it on. Below are the steps that you can do to make your data more secure.

Activate the screen lock

One simple yet effective way to secure the data in your phone is to setup its screen lock feature. You could use a PIN, pattern, or a password. As much as possible avoid using the face detection security feature since this can easily be bypassed if the person who has your phone also has your photo. Make it a habit to regularly change your PIN, pattern, or a password as someone might catch a glimpse of how to unlock your phone.

Update your software

It is important for you to regularly check for any software updates available for your phone. These updates contain improvements and bug fixes that help in making your device much secure. Usually if a security hole is detected a patch will be released to address the issue.

Download apps from trusted sources

As much as possible you should only download apps from the Google Play Store. Although it’s not 100% perfect it is the most secure place to get apps without having malware infecting your phone. You wouldn’t want your phone infected with malware as hackers will be able to gain access to your data even if they have no physical access to your phone.

Don’t root your phone

Yes, I know that rooting a phone as lots of advantages since you will be able to customize your phone to your preferences. This however also makes your phone an easy target for malware.

Log out of sites you visit

If you do banking transactions or make payments on your phone then you should log out of these sites or apps as soon as you are done. This makes it harder for anyone to access your accounts if they are in possession of your phone.

Make use of Android Device Manager

Your phone will have an icon called Google Settings. Click on that then click on Android Device Manager. There are features called “Remotely locate this device” and “Allow remote lock and erase” which you should enable. Make sure your location settings are enabled so that your phone can be tracked in case it gets lost.

Install an Android security software

Most people think that this isn’t needed however with the increase in the number of malware found in the wild targeting the Android platform a security software adds another layer of protection to your device. You can choose any of the popular security related apps at the Google Play Store.

Consider getting a wearable device

Right now there are various smartwatch models available in the market. Did you know that a smartwatch can also be used to secure your smartphone? A smartwatch connects to your phone via Bluetooth. Once the link is broken (if your phone is more than 30 feet away from you) you can have your smartwatch notify you. This helps a lot if you accidentally leave your phone somewhere. You can even have your smartwatch ring your phone.

Never keep important data in your phone

Finally, one way to secure your important data is not to store it in your phone at all.
How to Secure Data from Your Android Smartphone How to Secure Data from Your Android Smartphone Reviewed by Unknown on 9/23/2014 01:28:00 PM Rating: 5

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