Smartphones have become a crucial part of our lives, and we even depend on it for many things. Knowing this, how secure is your Android phone? It is vital to keep your smartphone secure – nowadays it no longer differs from your home or a vault. Losing your phone may in fact be more than just losing your phone – it is losing your important data. Therefore, it is important that you secure your phone from viruses, theft, hacking etc. All of your information is traceable and downloadable and may be misused if you are not careful. Here are some SMART precautions that you need to take to protect your SMARTphones.
- Use secured networks: Try not use public WiFi networks when you’re on the go. Especially, never use public networks when you bank online. The more you use public networks, the easier it is to sniff the packets, or data, being transferred from your phone. This means that they can easily get your private information. Therefore, it’s very important to use only secure networks.
- Backup your data: Backing up your data is helpful in a worst case situation such as your phone being hacked or stolen. You may want to disable the automatic restore function which will be enabled by default so that you can manage your own backups. You can also use automatic backups to save your data to your Google account.If you want to automate the process, you can utilize an app such as Helium, which allows you to sync your backups to the cloud.To backup your texts and messages, the app that I’ve found most useful is SMS Backup and Restore, which lets you backup your text messages to a file, and then restore the messages using the same file. It has come in handy for me many times, including when I’m switching phones.
- Don’t save your passwords on your phone: People tend to save passwords to online services and sites on their phones. As convenient as this may be, it would be an early Christmas present for somebody who gets their hands on your phone. Avoid saving any important passwords on your device, particularly when it comes to banking and payments.
- Always keep your phone updated: Keeping your phone updated not only gives you new features, but makes sure that any newly found security vulnerabilities will be patched on your phone.
- Use your phone’s built in security: You can start by enabling a screen lock to dissuade any thieves. There are many screen locks available for you and are built into the phone, such as password, pattern, pin, etc. A screen lock is a simple but necessary security precaution. You can find it under Settings -> Security on your phone.
- Use a Mobile Security App: It makes your job easier if you have an app that handles most of your security issues. Today, there are a variety of apps on the market that make sure you don’t unknowingly install malware onto your device. There are some free anti-virus apps which would be helpful. The best one is 360 Security, but other great contenders include are Lookout and CM Security.
- Lost your phone? Lock it!: If you’ve lost your phone, try using Android Device Manager to find it. Google gives you the option to erase, ring, and lock your phone remotely. You can also use Lookout if you’ve installed it and wipe, lock, and locate your phone.