The dependence on the smartphone is such that all measures are limited if we talk about cybersecurity. The dependence of the Mobile Security is such that, practically, we could consider it as one more limb of our body. And exaggeration, nothing, because he accompanies us at all times – he gets into the bathroom and in bed with us. Oh, if our phone would talk! And, alas, if your phone falls into other hands! Anything is small when we talk so much about cybersecurity, especially on Android Mobile Security.
Mobile Security: Is Your Android Phone Safe? Check out These 10 Tips
If you’re a regular customer of Google’s operating system, check out the following list of recommendations below to see if you can improve the security of the information stored on your device.
Set Up a PIN on The SIM Card
As with iOS devices, the PIN prevents unauthorized access to the mobile phone services associated with the SIM card. If this key is unknown, it is only possible to make emergency calls to numbers such as 112.
Android allows you to set a PIN code for the SIM card with a value between four and eight digits. To change the PIN of your device, you must access the menu Settings> Security> SIM card lock> Change SIM card PIN, as shown in the following pictures:
It is recommended to use a sequence of numbers that is not predictable, ie excluding values such as 0000, 1111 or 1234, and preferably use eight digits.
Set an Access Code
To prevent your device from being used by an unauthorized person, it is advisable to configure a code to block unauthorized access to the terminal and therefore also to your communications, applications, data … Depending on the model of the device, establish different ways of blocking, such as patterns, PIN codes, passwords or biometric detection of the fingerprint.
Here’s how to lock the phone by setting an unlock pattern. This option is available from Settings> Security> Screen Lock:
Set Auto Lock
It is possible to prevent them from accessing your device without authorization by automatically blocking it after a predefined time by the user.
The lock time of the terminal screen is set via the menu Settings> Security> Display lock> Lock timer. As you can see in the image, it is possible to choose between different periods of time to automatically lock the device:
As with iOS, Android also allows you to disable the permissions of the applications installed on the device since in some cases they request more permissions than necessary for their correct operation.
Android allows you to disable the permissions of installed applications from the Settings> Applications menu. For example, in the case of Google Maps, the permissions that can be enabled or disabled are as follows:
Our Mobile Security device contains a lot of important information, both personally and professionally, so it is recommended that it be encrypted. To encrypt the device it is necessary to access the option Settings> Security> Encrypt phone. You can also encrypt the SD card by clicking on Encrypt SD card storage, also available from the Security option.
The encoding is based on the strength of the password used to encrypt the data; This is why it is advisable to use a strong password that is not predictable, such as your name or date of birth.
Disable Connections When Not in Use
There are numerous attacks based on intercepting communications, so it is advisable to enable WiFi and Bluetooth networks only when necessary. To activate or deactivate the WiFi connection, we can access the menu Settings> Networks, as shown in the following image:
If we keep WiFi enabled permanently, our device may connect to untrusted wireless networks. In addition, a vulnerability called BlueBorne has been recently discovered that affects millions of devices and can cause an attacker to infect your device with only the Bluetooth connection enabled. Turn on or off your connection depending on your needs from Settings> Networks.
Deleting Data From The Mobile Device
Mobile Security: Android allows you to delete all data from the device from Settings> Backup and restart since it is important to remove all information from the phone when we change it by another or give it to another person since our devices have a lot of private information.
In addition, it is important to make a backup of our data, in case of loss or theft of the terminal, we have the data of the phone. To do this, you need to access the Data Backup option from the menu point mentioned above.
Download Apps From The Google Play Store
Android users can install applications from platforms or web pages that could be infected with malware, so to reduce the likelihood of infection it is advisable not to install ‘apps’ from unknown sources.
To reduce the risk of our device becoming infected, you can disable the Unknown sources box and check Verify applications. Both tools are available from the Settings> Security menu, as shown below:
Keep Your Mobile Updated
To prevent our mobile phone from having known vulnerabilities that can be used by attackers, it is important to keep our device applications updated to the latest version. To do this, open the Google Play Store app, then tap Menu> Settings.
Apps can be kept up to date automatically based on two configurations available: at any time, so it will do so whether you use a WiFi connection or Mobile Security data, or only through WiFi, so applications will be updated only when the device is connected to such a network.
You can also update applications individually from the My Apps & Games menu within the Google Play Store.
Those applications that are not updated include the Update option, as shown. Similarly, it is very important to keep the latest version of Android available for a more secure device, from Settings> About phone.
Do not ‘Roam’ The Mobile
‘Rootear’ the ‘smartphone‘ exposes the Mobile Security to bad practices of third parties. In addition, there are several drawbacks that are a consequence of this process: it eliminates the manufacturer’s warranty, decreases the security of all stored data or it can even happen that the phone becomes unstable and even unusable if the process is not performed correctly.
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