Over the years, Android has become more secure platform because of the efforts put in by the developers. When we say “secure Android”, it simply isn’t limited to setting a phone lock, like a PIN or password. But, taking effective measures that would ensure that your personal data is protected and completely under your control.
Just think of the amount of data you have on your device. Your emails, important notes, personal contacts, messages, none of it that you would like to share anonymously. But things may slip down your hands if you don’t start caring for them right now.
While OEM offer several methods to protect your data, there are a few techniques that are common to all Android devices, irrespective of the manufacturer. We are going to lay down these techniques in the form of steps, which will help you take a step forward towards your Android’s privacy and security.
Tips and Tricks to secure Android Devices
1. Set A Password First
Just setting a lock on your phone is the simplest, easiest, and the most convenient way available to secure your Android. All these years, Android evolved with not just being better, but also a more secure platform, the list of available lock methods have also increased over this period.
Since last year, we have seen fingerprint unlock which is adds an extra level of security to the lockscreen. Now it is available on a wide range of devices, and is a much easier method to lock down your device.
To set up a lock on your Android, go to Settings > Security. On the very top, you will see “Screen Lock”, just tap on it. The available lock methods will be shown right there for you to select. You can choose from a pattern, PIN, or a complex password, whatever suits you.
2. Manage App Permissions
We all install apps daily, they are fun and innovative. But these apps are also the weakest link between the hackers and your private data. A lot of these apps require permissions to access services like Contacts, Telephone, Storage, etc. While most apps assure that your data would be only used anonymously for providing a better experience, there are chances that you might land on the wrong foot. If you ever get suspicious, you can simply deny the selective permissions.
Earlier, users would need to make use of third-party apps to manage permissions. With Marshmallow, users were given complete control on permissions that were given to the installed apps, which was a huge step; allowing the users to selectively permit each app.
To manage permissions for installed apps collectively, go to the Settings > Apps. Tap on the Gear icon on the top-right and select App permissions. You can also manage per-app permissions by going to Settings > Apps > “name-of-the-app” > Permissions.