Smartphones are an integral part of the life of a modern person. With all the apps and easy access to information, cameras to takes photos and shoot literally anything, the smartphone is a door into our personal online world. Obviously, you should treat it accordingly and not let other people breach this door. Keep in mind that your smartphone can provide anyone with access to all your social media, photos, messages, etc. For example, widely spread Android devices are very vulnerable. If lost, they can become a serious threat to your sensitive information and financial resources. And even if you don’t lose your smartphone, you’re still in danger as the device can be attacked via keylogger for Android.
Understanding that your data is the valuable and downloadable currency and learning how to protect it from thieves is nowadays a crucial skill. Here are some tips and tricks regarding your personal data protection on Android smartphone.
Backup your data
Saving your most important data elsewhere is a must for every smartphone and tablet user. With the remote wipe recommended for stolen device, it is essential to back up all your data so that you never lose it. For backups, you can use cloud, desktop or even flash drives for extra security.
Switch on remote wipe
The wiping data option would be especially useful in case of smartphone loss or theft. If the phone is gone for good, you should be able to wipe off all the data from it. Just be sure you have followed the previous tip, and all your data is stored elsewhere.
Don’t save all your passwords
While it seems like a convenient thing, saving all your passwords to web sites and applications — especially the financial ones — is not the best idea. If you do save your passwords, anyone who gets your smartphone into possession will get access to all your data and finances.
When installing any app from Google Play, you will get the list of permissions it requires. Sometimes these lists have too many points while most of the time apps do not really need that many permissions. Keep in mind that not all the applications launched via Google Play are equally safe. Thus, read through the permissions for each app to see if they are adequate with what the app actually does.
Reading through comments and looking at the app rating in Google Play would also be a reasonable step for understanding the app’s safety.
Use built-in Android security options
Setting up a screen lock would add to your phone security. For Android Jelly Bean and higher, you can choose a password lock, set up a pattern or pin lock; the later Android versions also offer face unlock. When choosing pin or password locks try to come up with less obvious passwords.
Use secure network only
A lot of people enjoy free public WiFi, but little people do know why it is unsafe. Tech-savvy people can intercept the data packages sent via such network and get the personal information out of them. The best solution here is to avoid using public networks, especially when doing financial operations through your smartphone.
Another way to protect your data is to use apps that encrypt the outgoing connection from your smartphone. This will make sabotaging your data packages much harder.
Create multiple user accounts
If you share your tablet with your siblings (or someone wants to borrow your smartphone), creating multiple user accounts would help to boost the security and protect your information. Go to ‘Settings’ and choose ‘User’ section to create as many separate profiles as you need.
Track your device
If you have all your files backed up, but you would want to find your device in case it is stolen or lost, use device-tracking apps. They work through the GPS module on your smartphone and ideally it should be switched on your device to make it traceable. But no worries, some tracking apps can remotely turn on the GPS for you.
Try using mobile security apps
Every user wants to have an app that would deal with all their security issues. And while none of them can provide you with 100% security, most mobile security apps would make your life much easier. Remember that you would still have to be aware and on guard about everything you download, search and install.
Lock your apps
Locking your apps with free applications like App Lock would help to protect your personal data. There is no need to lock every app on your smartphone; focus on your email apps, file managers, and financial tools.