Android is one of the most popular operating system for Smartphone. Sometimes the question arises that how much you can customize your device and replaces its default keyword. The condition is a benefit for the tech-savvy Android user because user can do anything on their device that they don’t like can be swapped out for something better. It also tends to be pretty good at not installing apps that might play fast and loose with personal data.
Having most popular Smartphone Operating system means it has hundreds of millions of users who are not so clued-in on security. This is the main reason why so many developers of viruses, other malware and privacy-flouting apps are targeting Android.
Android is a widely used operating system that is easy to use for both app developers and malware authors alike. Here, the question arises that does Android have a big security problem? Well, the question is very complicated by the fact that many of the companies warning about Android malware are also selling apps and services that promise to protect against it.
Keeping your data safe on an Android device can be more about taking proper steps to reduce your risks rather than believing that you need to splash out a monthly security subscription. However, there are many options for the solution.
Here are five steps mentioned for ensuring that your Android device is safe:
1. Be careful while installing apps:
Downloading apps from Google Play Store is always not so safe. Many dodgy apps are distributed through the third party Android app stores rather than the official ones.
You need to take care when you install apps that look like a brand new version of a popular game. Candy Crush Saga, Angry Birds, Clash of Clans…fake versions of these game apps continuously appears so if you get some warning bells then it’s worth downloading it. Always check its developer’s website whether it is trusted developer’s website or fake one.
You can also read the reviews on the Google Play Store. One-star rating is a sign indicates that something is wrong and checks the permissions that an app asks for before you install it. If you get any warning or displays some other ads then it is good prompt to stop proceeding.
2. Watch out for Phishing/SMS
Android security is not just the apps that you install on your phone. Also with another device – be careful about phishing sites that try to get you to enter personal data and credit card details. Phishing methods can also include your text messages and emails; because you are using these on your phone it does not mean that it is less dangerous.
To struggle with phishing on Android is not so different from on your computer. Never tap on any link in a text messages you get from someone you don’t know even if it looks like a known sender when you are not confirm.
3. Lock Screen Security:
Another important point is here for every Smartphone OS including Android. Are you having your device’s lock screen setti9ngs sorted so if it gets stolen, the thief cannot access your apps and data? The default settings of Google will look after your privacies but there are some third-party apps that take interesting and strange spins on unlocking the phone.
For example, Picture password Lockscreen allows you to unlock your phone by drawing points lines and circles on any image you like. ERGO scans your ears and then unlocks the device. Fingerprint Lockscreen is a Android which is equivalent to Apple’s iPhone5s’ Touch ID that supposed to scan your fingerprint but the fact is that it’s just measures how long your thumb rests on the screen.
4. Consider anti-virus software
If you would still like to install anti-virus software or of you are thinking of putting it on the device of someone else then a number of options are available from the well-known names of the security world.
Kaspersky Internet Security, AVAST Software's Mobile Security & Antivirus, , Lookout Security & Antivirus, Bitdefender's Mobile Security & Antivirus, Norton Security antivirus, Trend Micro's Mobile Security & Antivirus and McAfee Antivirus & Security, they all have four-star ratings on Google Play from thousands of reviewers in the competitive market as they includes new features on a regular basis.
5. Consider a parental control app
You can follow the above steps but if your children are using your device or have their own Android or smartphone then can they follow the above steps? With parental control software which is capable of ensuring children don’t install apps that they should not do so, a number of companies are trying to overcome this challenge.
Famigo, MMGuardian, Kids Place and Norton Family are the four most popular examples with varying features in order to control what apps are installed and what sites are being visited and also to set time limits on usage and in some cases add times as a reward for good behavior.
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