How to secure your Android Smartphone

By posted on April 21, 2014 8:28PM

Android is the world’s most widely used operating system and the more famous it gets, the more it catches the attention of hackers and other exploiters. So, the basic question arises what precautionary steps should we take in order make ourselves less vulnerable to these potentially dangerous threats.  In this article we will guide you through the simple steps that you could take to secure your smartphone.

[alert size=”alert-block”][icons icon=”icon-cog-alt” color=”#1e73be” size=”40″]Keep your smartphone’s software updated[/alert]

Keeping your smartphones software to the latest version available has surely its own advantage. Within the updates there are some major or minor security fixes that removes the loopholes and makes your smartphone more secure to use and less vulnerable to threats .

[alert size=”alert-block”][icons icon=”icon-cog-alt” color=”#1e73be” size=”40″]Downloading apps from trusted app stores[/alert]

This is the most vulnerable point where your smartphone security gets compromised that is when you download your apps from an untrusted source. Try to download your apps only from trusted app stores like Play Store and app stores provided by your smartphone vendor. In your smartphone in settings option if you check there will be a option in security to allow installation of apps from sources other than the Play Store, if you keep it ticked the better it is for you. 38c25a17-smush-Screenshot_2013-12-28-15-24-06 Downloading from a trusted app store does not mean that malicious apps could not be present at all, in fact there has been several times Google’s Play Store had malicious apps but as soon as they are reported they are removed with top priority. Using trusted app store will reduce the chance of your smartphone affected with a malware to be negligible.

[alert size=”alert-block”][icons icon=”icon-cog-alt” color=”#1e73be” size=”40″]Using cracked or pirated apps[/alert]

Ok, it seems pretty cool that you get a paid app for free by downloading its cracked version and using it. Say, When you are getting a $50 app or any paid app for free, it’s quite natural that you might totally overlook its negative aspect. But the cracked app will surely have some form of malwares in it as they are required for cracking the original application to remove the limitations imposed by original vendor.

[alert size=”alert-block”][icons icon=”icon-cog-alt” color=”#1e73be” size=”40″]While installing app do check the app permissions[/alert]

While installing apps most of the users have a habit of clicking install and then follow next and next. While installing apps you would notice a pop-up named app permissions which tells which privileges is the app entitled. Most of the malicious apps will ask you permissions that are of no use to the specific app. A malicious app will mostly ask you following permissions: [lists style=”check”]

  • To send text messages
  • To have full internet access
  • To access online accounts
  • To access your location

[/lists] 38c25a17-smush-Screenshot_2013-12-28-15-31-27 Well there is no option for modification of permissions in app permissions, you have to accept all the permissions or you can look for another similar app that you think is more secure.

[alert size=”alert-block”][icons icon=”icon-cog-alt” color=”#1e73be” size=”40″]Using Screen lock[/alert]

38c25a17-smush-Screenshot_2013-12-28-15-28-36 The most annoying thing is when someone specially friends peeking at your personal stuff like messages and gallery of your smartphone. That’s fine with you but if your smartphone gets stolen or someone is trying to access it to tamper with some confidential data. Well here screen lock comes in handy, Android gives a plenty of options for locking. You can use pattern, face unlock, pin or password as a security measure. PIN and password are more preferable and secured as compared to pattern unlock as most of times streaks on the screen can be used to figure out the pattern.

[alert size=”alert-block”][icons icon=”icon-cog-alt” color=”#1e73be” size=”40″]Installing Antivirus apps[/alert]

The most important point of all, a good antivirus app can boost your smartphone’s security way much than you could have thought. There are plenty of apps available in the Play Store but we recommend you the following apps: [lists style=”check”]

  • Avast! Mobile Security & Antivirus
  • Norton Security Antivirus
  • Lookout Security & Antivirus

[/lists] 38c25a17-smush-ss The above mentioned antivirus apps have a malware detection rate of more than 99.5%. The best thing about these security apps is that you find everything in an organised way. You would not have to look at multiple places for ensuring smartphone’s security and feel more secured while you browse web or download things. [signoff icon=”icon-pin”]If you try the following points your Android smartphone will be a lot secure and safe but again it’s not necessary you follow all the steps . In order to download apps from third party stores you have to turn off the unknown sources option in settings but it’s not like that every app you download will contain some malware and you would have to compromise on app permissions to install some of the apps[/signoff]

Dipankar is a techno geek who wants to keep himself and yourself updated. So, he is here at Gadgetgyaan to provide you with latest trends in the technology field.

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