5 Tips to Improve Android Device Security

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Most people around the world own Android devices and it comes as no surprise that the Android OS has become more popular than Apple iOS. Couple of reasons why Android devices are so popular are that there are tons of affordable Android devices available and Android OS is highly customizable. However, older Android devices could be more vulnerable to virus attacks and Android device security breaches than say the latest Android devices and iPhones. Here are a few tips to protect your Android device and contents.

Tip 1: Make use of Android in-built security features

Devices with Android version Jelly Bean or higher have enhanced security as they enable encryption and screen lock passcodes. Use these in-built features to protect your phone. Android offers various types of screen locks such as pattern, pin, face picture and password unlock. If you are using pin, password or pattern screen unlock features, make sure these are not easy to guess.

Tip 2: Check app permissions before downloading apps

Once people get Android devices, they are glued onto the Google Play store. Apps may be fun, but they are one of the easiest ways to lose information. Before you download or install an app from the Play store, a pop-up appears requesting permissions for information to which the app requires access. Read this carefully and if you don’t want the app to have access to certain kinds of information, don’t install the app.

Tip 3: Don’t save passwords on your Android device

Most smartphone users tend to store all their passwords for online services and accounts on their phones. This is very dangerous. Anyone who gets access to your phone can get access to all your accounts if you stored the passwords on the device. You can save passwords to email accounts and social media accounts if you are too lazy to type the log-in details every time. However, you must never store passwords for banking and payment services on your Android device.

Tip 4: Set up multiple user accounts

Are you sharing your Android tablet with others? Do you want more data privacy? Then set-up multiple user accounts. You can do so by going to “Setting” and then “Users” on your Android tablet. All newer versions of Android allow multiple user accounts to be set up on tablets. You can create a private account for yourself and a general account for your spouse, kids and other family members if they are using your Android tablet on a regular basis.

Tip 5: Enable remote wipe and get data back-up apps

To ensure that thieves do not get access to personal information in case your device is stolen or lost, you can turn on the Android Device Manager feature. This will allow you to remotely lock your Android device and wipe out all your data when the device gets stolen or lost.  You may also want to download a third party backup app and make sure to back up your device on a regular basis so that you can restore the data later from the server.

Your orgnization may want to look into Samsung SAFE enhancements and also put in place a robust Mobile Device Management solution for Android management

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