10 Important Security Tips for Android Users
We mostly use our phones more than our laptops. Sadly, we are obsessed with laptop security than we are about our Android handsets. This is partly because many security measures have been patched away and firmed up.
We know that the Android mobile operating system is the world’s largest dominating OS. However, it is the most vulnerable to malware and security attacks. Along using passwords and sensitive data, there are many ways to ensure your phone isn’t compromised. Here are 10 important security tips for Android users:
[ 10 ] Enable Encryption
On your Android device, go to the Settings menu and scroll down to “Security”. Tap that and look for “Encryption”. Once you’re there, tap “Secure Startup” and start encrypting your device.
This ensures your data is encrypted in case your device is lost or stolen. Whenever your device reboots or starts up, it will present you with a bootup password before the operating system will load. If the password is not entered correctly, the phone will not load the operating system.
This ensures all your data is encrypted and cannot be accessed in the wrong hands. You can write the password down and put it in a safe place in case you forget – or save it in your Password Manager.
After getting your password, the device will ask you to plug your phone in the power charger where you will click OK and put in your backup password. It will start encrypting your device. Usually, it takes about an hour to encrypt and if you ever want to undo the encryption, you need to factory restore the device.
If you also want to encrypt your SD card, there’s an option where you click on “Encrypt SD Card”. Simply ensure your SD card is plugged in an encrypt it using the same mechanism. That way if the SD card ever gets lost, it is password protected as well.