Is your Android device respecting your privacy? Your phone can be virtually impenetrable to hacks, attacks, and bad apps with a little work. Here’s everything you need to improve your Android phone security. So if you’re seeking for some extra security or a complete lock down of your phone, read this paper.
1. Default protection of Android
Your Android phone will still keep your information safe, even if you skip the entire set-up process and ignore every safeguard prompt.
A malware scanner named Play Protect has been built by Google in the Play Store. It checks the apps before you download them. Moreover it checks your phone to find the apps that may have gone wrong since you downloaded them. If it finds some apps, it will usually remove them from your phone by its own or it may warn you about them through notifications. Check your Google Play Protect settings and see the apps it scanned in the Updates tab inside the My apps & games section of the Play Store.
Android has offered full-device encryption by default. In Android 7 Nougat, that switched to file-based encryption, but the end result is essentially the same: The data on your phone is protected by 256-bit AES standard encryption as soon as you lock it, so unless someone knows your passcode, they can’t see anything.
2. Basic protection of Android
In order to put basic layer of protection on your phone, you just need to work on settings and change it a bit.
Set a password
Every phone requires one of three traditional locking methods: pattern, PIN, or password. But newer Android phones offer many biometric methods for unlocking. Locking with a pattern is the least secure but the easiest to remember. A 6-digit pin is better than the previous one, but the best of all is a random password. Even if you choose a string of letters and numbers, you should change your password once every six months. You can set a reminder in order not to forget about changing it. Also keep in mind that your password shouldn’t be the same as the one that protects your Google account or your other online accounts.
Enable two-factor authentication
By using it, you add an extra layer of security to your device. Even if someone steals your password, he/she won’t access to your account. Although this won’t protect your phone against theft, it will protect what’s on it. As an example, when someone remotely logs in to your Google account from another device, you’ll understand by the 2-step message on your phone. So you can take an appropriate action like changing your password.
There is no need for you to check for the updates, because your phone will automatically let you know if any of them is available. The security updates for Android, releases monthly by Google. Do not post pone the updates because it is easy to forget about them. Updating your phone doesn’t take much time, but on the other hand it will do much for you.
Install Find My Device
It is a tool which is offered by Google that helps to track a lost or stolen phone. Actually it lets you to track, erase your data, and remotely lock your phone from wherever you are. When you download it, you can sign in by using your Google account and access your phone’s location
3. Moderate protection of Android
Improve your Android phone security by adding a stronger layer of safety.
Almost all Android phones have fingerprint sensor nowadays. If you bought your Android phone within the past two years, it has this possibility. The sensor might be at the back, below the screen or built into the power button. So take advantage of this strong protection for your phone and try to use it. It won’t take more than 1 minute to activate it.
Prevent unknown downloads
Downloading apps that aren’t on Play Store would be a big risk for your Android phone. When you install apps from outside Google’s store, you are exposing your phone to possible malware. Google has built a way to shut off any accidental or unintentional downloads in order to prevent such risks. Depending on the model of your phone, the mechanism is some how different. But all Android phones have this possibility to be protected.
Check app permission
When you download an app from Play Store, Android asks you about allowing the app to access things like camera, phone, contacts, etc. Most of the times we just tap on “Access” without realizing what they are asking for. You can check which apps are allowed to do what by going to Permission tab inside Apps in Settings. So if you see anything suspicious you can turn off it.
Uninstall wayward apps
It is a god idea to go to your app drawer and uninstall the apps which you haven’t use in a while. In this way your storage will become free up and those apps won’t turn into some possible risks. So your Android phone would be safe.
4. High protection of Android
High protection will change your phone into a vault! Let’s see how.
Download Password Manager
You can keep your passwords safe and organized by using a password manager. It offers you very strong, secure, and complex passwords, helps you to organize and manage multiple logins, and stores sensitive notes which you want to keep. They all are protected in the password manager by a password or fingerprint depends on what you want.
Deactivate auto sign-in and smart lock for passwords
As Google’s method doesn’t use any kind of authentication on an account or a site, signing in to your account for the first time on your device, would make all of your passwords available. That obviously could be a problem if someone swipes your phone. Here’s the explanation about how to disable it. Go to security settings of your Google account. Tap on Security, then select Signing in to other sites, and tap Saved passwords. When you select it you will see two things: Offer to save passwords and Auto sign-in. If you don’t want to turn the whole thing off, you can also select sites that ignore auto sign-in.
Use a VPN
There are many VPNs in the Play store but before downloading make sure to check the rankings and user reviews. If you are looking for something advanced for Android you can download OpenVPN. When you use a VPN service your data is fully protected from everybody except the VPN provider and whatever website you’re visiting.
Select lock down mode
Google has added a new Lock down option to Android 9 that lets you completely secure your phone with just a tap. You should hold the power button for a second and you’ll see a Lock down option at the list. Tap it and your phone will instantly lock, remove all notifications from the lock screen, disable Smart Lock, and turn off the fingerprint scanner, so someone can’t force your finger to unlock it. And your phone will be in the Lock down mode until you re-lock your it.
Use an Authenticator app
Google makes its own authenticator app for your Google account and other sites which is free in the Play Store. So we suggest you to check it out. You can use an authenticator app to generate unique codes right on your phone rather than sending them over SMS text messages, which can be riskier.
Use NFC security key
If you are seeking for complete protection for your accounts, nothing is like NFC security key. A security key dispenses with codes and stores all of your authentication on a physical device. So it’s basically impossible to penetrate your accounts without the key, even if someone decides to steal all of your passwords.