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6 Smart Ways to Keep Your Android Phone Hack-Proof

6 Smart Ways to Keep Your Android Phone Hack-Proof

With all the recent news of SPECTRE and its potential downfall, you wonder if there’s more you can do to protect your android phone against vulnerabilities.  Spectre was a bug found in most Intel chips.  Apple has come out and said that all their devices are also at risk.  Updates and roll outs are happening as we speak.  We highly recommend you to update.  We look into Android devices and investigate 6 smart ways to help prevent hackers from infiltrating your precious Android phone and stealing passwords, photos, and other private information.

  • Stay Up to Date!

    • It’s extremely vital to stay up-to-date with the latest firmware.  This is critical because often times bugs will appear, some more dangerous than others, but Android/Google are typically really good at staying on top of this, releasing updates to their firmware on a regular basis.
    • Often times, staying up-to-date means you will not be able to jailbreak or “root” your devices.  Because Android is already pretty custom-able, it’s feasible that a “root” or jailbreak is not even necessary to enjoy your device at its full potential.
  • Be wary of random installs

    • It’s been known that bugs/virus have been able to creep itself into the Google Play Store.  It’s more imperative than ever to stay on top of what you are downloading.  Virus’ have been known to record your data and movements and are sent to various servers, sometimes located in China, which makes this all very suspicious…
  • Lost your phone?

    • In order to keep your android phone secure, make sure you have a 6 digits key code that lets you lock your device anytime you are not around.  There are also “smart unlock” apps that can keep your phone unlocked based on certain GPS locations.  We would avoid all these apps because while they seem convenient, they open your phone to unnecessary risks.
  • Track your phone

    • Please make sure you have “Find My Device” hooked up and working at all times.  I’ve personally lost 2 phones because I forgot to turn on Find My Device.  It’s really not fun and can be remedied rather easily if you are able to activate “Find My Device” via Android.
  • Use a Password Manager

    • It’s super important to have passwords that are hard to guess.  It’s probably just as important to have different passwords for different sites.  The reason for this is because often times when one list of username/passwords are stolen they are often used to brute force into other services.  Essentially, if your LinkedIn got hacked and a username and password were acquired encrypted.  Hackers can essentially use all these username and passwords to try to login, say for example, Facebook and get into your accounts this way.  The harder and more varied your passwords are, the less likely you will get hacked.
  • Use encryption

    • Apple got into a lot of grief with the FBI when they told the FBI that they did not have access to certain terrorists phones.  This is a direct result of Apple using state of the art encryption that allows for the data to be scrambled until a pin code is entered which then “unscrambles” the data.  With the latest installation of Android, Google has required that all phones keep their data encrypted.  But as of right now, only 2.3% of Android devices are running the latest version.

Source: Guardian

Images: HackingVision