Android hasn’t been on the good side of technology news lately. Not so long ago, mobile security company Zimperium warned that 950 million Android devices could be affected by a vulnerability in the media playback tool Stagefright, which could be executed through a simple multimedia text that would let hackers write code into the device and steal data. Since then, almost on a weekly basis, there has been one warning or the other with regards to the security of android devices.
As a result of these warnings, the issue of security is now at the forefront for many Android owners. To help keep your own Android device protected, here are six security tips:
- Avoid automatically saving passwords on your device. Click “no” when a box pops up that asks if you want the browser to remember the password, especially for banking or payment apps. I know automatic logins are convenient for you but think about it this way. They are also good for anyone else who gets a hold of your device.
- Don’t use a public Wi-Fi when transmitting sensitive information. If you use public Wi-Fi, a hacker can potentially access information such as passwords or bank account numbers. So disable Android’s automatic login to prevent the phone from transmitting data without your knowledge.
- Regularly backup your device, so that in the eventuality that your device is hacked or stolen you won’t lose all of your information with it.
- Always implement a pin or pattern lock on your device. As basic as this sounds, the more obstacles you put between you and the would be hacker, the better.
- Choose strong passwords. Passwords like 1234 and password1 are too simple and usually among the first ones to be tried.
- Download apps only from trusted sources like Google Play or Amazon. The only way to get malware on your phone is if you install it yourself. Also, be sure to check the privacy settings on the apps you install by denying access to sensitive information like text messages and location.
- Enable Google’s Android Device Manager Website to find your device, ring it and then remotely lock the device or erase the data.
If you implement these, your device will be a lot more secure than the average android device and less susceptible to attacks.