Tighten Your Privacy on Android Phones with These Simple Tips
Smartphones are the digital windows to our identities, thus they should be treated with utmost care and vigilance. Be it online hacking or offline hacking (such as theft of your smartphone). A lost smartphone can mean losing your contacts, your cloud data, and in worst case scenario – your identity. It could also mean all your images, videos, documents and your social media accounts could be compromised. In a nutshell, details about your private life could be available for anyone to view or buy. The digital world is full of hackers who are impossible to trace; especially if the hacker have been using tools such as Tor browser.
Don't save passwords in your mobile browser:
Your password could easily be recovered, and if you have saved any passwords related to banking or payments, remove them at first priority. Losing your phone is bad enough, but having all your bank account emptied can be devastating.
Use Android default security features:
If you are running jelly bean on your smartphone, you can take advantage of encrypting your phone and setting up a pass-lock on it. Whether you prefer pattern, pin, password or face-lock, chances are good your data will remain safe under worst-case scenario.
Lock important apps:
Whether it's your banking app, your cloud storage app or some other app you don't want people to open, it's always a great idea to lock them. Applications like app lock can password-protect your apps, preventing others from accessing them. However, avoid setting up pins or passwords that are predictable such as your date of birth, or smudges on your glass that reveal your pattern.
Lockdown photos and videos:
Perhaps one of the most sensitive pieces of information lies in our images and videos. Most people consider them extremely private – after all we record all of our life's moments through smart phones. Thus apps like Folder Lock advanced can encrypt our images and videos, making it impossible for others to access them.
Downloading an app from the play store may seem like an innocent thing to do. However, if you are not careful about reading app permission, you could have your privacy compromised. Take for example a simple flashlight app, such an app requires online permission to access your led flash. However, there are some apps which access more than they are supposed to; these apps collect user data in the background. Therefore, always read the permission thoroughly before downloading any app from the play store. Keep in mind that just because an app is on the play store, it's not necessarily going to be safe. Another important thing to keep in mind is to read the reviews; the review can really point out if there are any security issues with the app.
Install an antivirus app:
An antivirus app can take care of most security issues when it comes to malicious apps. It can scan apps for viruses or other threats. Even if you download .APK apps from third-party stores, the antivirus software will pick out any malicious apps. One of the best rated antiviruses is Avast for Android.