Secure Android Devices: Top 10 Tips & Tricks for better Privacy & Security

Protect your data, it is important.

Secure Android Devices - Top 10 Tips and Tricks

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

Secure Android Device - 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.

Secure Android Device - Manage Per App Permissions

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.

  • Chuck Jones

    No one needs root access anymore, Android comes with just about everything you need now.
    Rooting in the past was needed for those wanting abilities that Android was lacking.

    The only ones that still consider rooting their phone are the very, very few that like to flash different roms to experiment.

    Normal everyday users have everything they would ever need, many do not use their Android phone for even a third of it’s features.

    People do have to be reminded, that it’s main purpose of a smartphone is to make phone call.
    Amazing am I right !

    • I agree with you when you say “Android comes with just about everything you need now”. But there must be some reason because there are about thousands of user at XDA-Developers who constantly root their phone. And the number of people who “like to flash different ROMs to experiment” is far more than just a “very few” I guess.

      No offence. If people just needed a phone to make calls, they would have simply bought a Nokia 3310.

      Now, it’s just a matter of opinion. You might not like to root your phone, but tons of people out there love it. Your opinion will suffice, but forcing your thoughts on other wouldn’t.

      And thank you for taking the time to comment here. 🙂

      • Chuck Jones

        “no offense” really? You might want to check your spelling.

        Your explanation of only needing a Nokia 3310 is completely insane to say that.
        No one buys a phone just to make phone calls, I didn’t say that at all.

        But the main purpose for having it IS TO MAKE PHONES CALLS!
        Is that really so hard to understand?

        There maybe thousands that like to root their phones, but to the many billions of phones sold every year, they are insignificant, and irrelevant.

        Where am I forcing my opinion on others? That’s crazy talk!
        AND where did I say I would ‘not like to root a phone’? No where!

        It’s people like you that make up crap that the other person never said, give a crazy insane comparison, and have false claims of forcing their opinion on others.

        • You might want to check Google for the spelling. It is spelled both ways. The number is not just irrelevant. You need to understand that Android is open-source for a reason.

          I am sorry, but your statement “People do have to be reminded, that it’s main purpose of a smartphone is to make a phone call.” looked that way, plus the added self proclamation “Amazing am I right !”, cleared a lot of things.

          I am not here to argue with you. I am here to help those who need it. If you don’t need it, then kindly don’t criticise what others are doing to help the community. Your opinion is your own, and I value it. Thank you again for your time.

          • Chuck Jones

            No it is not spelled both ways, only the ignorant like yourself would spell it wrong.
            What has Android being ‘open-sourced’ have to do anything of what I said, nothing at all.
            You are not helping anyone when you say things like that.
            Maybe next time, just do not reply, you are so confusing with your logic.

          • You are helping more than enough with “only the ignorant like yourself would spell it wrong.”. Here’s your proof:

            A simple matter, that just needed a single search over Google. But you cannot accept it, because you want to win the talk.

            As for the “open source” thing, it is well related, since you are not ready to accept that the “irrelevant” number is good enough to be a reason to root, compared to the billions

            My point was simple, just because you don’t want to root your Android, or don’t feel its need, doesn’t mean no one else does. Even if the number is in thousands, compared to the “billions”, you still can’t ignore them. Those “thousands” are making use of the “open-source” nature of Android to provide something unique.

            Alright. You sir, you were right all along. I am confused with my logic. But I also wouldn’t like to waste that confused logic here anymore. My regards.