How to secure an Android phone

How to secure an Android phone

Android OS devices do not have an outstanding reputation for securing privacy for their users. However, one simple way to do this is to use a passcode, fingerprint or pattern on your home screen to keep strangers out of your cellphone and out of your business.

By observing certain security measures, you can protect not only your Android device but also sensitive information that spreads throughout your Google account. This includes your Gmail and YouTube accounts. The latter does not have confidential information but it still feels a bit annoying when someone can browse your ‘Watch’ history on your YouTube page.

This article will look for other ways to secure your Android phone for more promising results.

Use 1 : step verification

For every Android user, their Google account controls all of their Google services. Instead of a simple one-step password entry process for your account, Google now has 2-step verification that requires your permission before anyone, including you, can log in to your account.

This works by asking for approval from a trusted user device, such as an active cellphone, before allowing any logins on other devices. For example, if you want to log in to your Gmail account on your computer, a confirmation message is sent to your Android phone asking if you are trying to sign in.

This will show you the device model used, its geographical location, and the exact time it occurred. If it’s accurate, you can tap the ‘Yes’ icon on your trusted device to continue. If it’s someone else, you can stop it.

Of course, this does not protect your Android phone in a physical sense but it does protect something more important. And that’s the confidential information in your Google Account that you can’t share with anyone.


Double check your application permissions and delete applications that you don’t use

Sometimes when you download an application from the Google Play Store, everything will be asked to allow access to various folders on your cellphone such as a camera, gallery or even a microphone. Few people will stop to think before allowing applications to this folder, not knowing that they can download malware.

To be safe, think seriously about revoking this permission by opening the permission icon in your settings.

Under Settings, look for ‘Application’ and then select the specific application whose permission you want to take.

Or, you can uninstall applications that you no longer use. By doing this, you not only have the potential to rule out risk, but you also free up space that can be better utilized.


Install VPN

Just like you install VPN on your computer, installing VPN on an Android device is just as important. You can do this manually through settings on your Android phone with the help of your network administrator, even though it’s a little more complicated.

A simpler way is to install it from the Google Play Store. VPN protects your Android phone every time you log on to the internet, especially when using public and open Wi-Fi networks. Because the VPN works by hiding any information that you send as encrypted data, it keeps the hackers’ eyes away from your personal information.

One such application is TunnelBear, which can be downloaded and used free of charge.

Before deciding to download VPN from the Play Store, start by looking at reviews and ratings.

Find My Device

Part of securing your Android phone is making sure you can find it even after it’s gone. And better yet, ensure that you can delete data remotely if it gets into the wrong hands. This is what the Android application ‘Find My Device’ does.

If your Android phone is lost, you can go to the Find My Device web page using a computer and search for the cell phone on a map. But this can only be achieved if the cellphone has a signal and is connected to the internet. However, if the phone has been stolen and there is no chance of recovery, users can remotely wipe the phone and even get out of their Google account.

If downloading this application is something that you have not done for your Android device, consider immediately doing it.

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