Just take a moment to ponder over how safe your Android phone really is? Today your Android phone has certainly replaced the desktop PC and probably even the sleek laptop for all practical purposes. It’s the one-stop shop for work, entertainment, information, utility and sundry other things. We do complex banking transactions on our smartphones and download umpteen apps every now and then. To put things into perspective, for the first time in 2014 the worldwide Android phone shipment exceeded one billion. With the rapid changes in technology, it’s time to be safer with our most personalized device – mobile phones.
It helps to stay prepared and for that you need to know the ground realities and ways to protect the privacy and security on the Android platform. With so much malware floating around it’s better off having antivirus software on your Android phone. Always make it a point to download the apps from reputable app platforms (Google Play, App store) and beware of shady apps however tempting it might seem to be. There are apps of all kinds today which require different permissions on your Android phone. This is where we need to be prudent. Just blindly giving permission to access all your tools and features on the phone makes you highly vulnerable.
As an Android user like most people you are ecstatic at the thought of free Wi-Fi. But we need to be aware of the ways in which the data could be compromised leading to security and privacy breaches. Since the Wi-Fi is free it also makes it easy for hackers to gain access and go about their unscrupulous business. It is not very hard for hackers to strategically place themselves between you and the network and before long you will be sending all your confidential data to the hacker. But that is just one part of the threat. The other part is wherein these unlawful entities can plant malware onto your Android phone if you managed to keep your file-sharing access open.
Hence you need to be wary of these issues and follow certain protocols to protect yourself. When on a public network using a Virtual Private network which encrypts all your data. So even in a scenario where the data is breached it would not be easily decrypted. Go for Secure Socket Layer connections so that you can only browse websites that have HTTPS layer for added security. Do not share anything while on a public network and keep Wi-Fi feature off when not needed just to be on the safer side.
Your private data can be a treasure trove for advertisers too. Whether you like it or not your data is being collected and processed on a continuous basis to make sense of your consumer buying habits. With a little bit of awareness, we can stay on top of snooping entities too. Do not give out the personal information unless you trust the source. Use fictitious data to fill out non-important forms. Do not click on links promising deals that are too good to be true.
Other than that you can always secure your phone with a strong password and backup all your files on a secured location. Have the remote wipe feature activated to erase data in the event of phone loss? All these precautions from your side can ensure you enjoy the incident-free experience on your Android phone.
A smartphone is designed to make our lives better. Having a studied approach when dealing with smartphone privacy and security means irrefutably benefitting from the seemingly infinite advantages of owning a computer in the palm of your hand that can let you have the world at your fingertips. All you need to do is make a smart move now.