Hey Android users, imagine you wake up one day and check your phone only to shock you with an email mentioning a money transfer from your account that you are not aware of, or you receive a call from your friend enquiring about the disgusting picture or video you posted on Facebook.
Not likely to happen with everyone out there, anyways it is always better to take the preventive measures instead of letting the unexpected to happen and then dealing with it.
Here are few steps that you could take to reduce the chances of your Android devices being hacked.
- Lock your phone
With Android phones, you have many choices to lock your device. You could go for a password,a pattern, a pin, finger-print or even face unlock. Figure out a good password, pin or pattern that is easy to remember and one that has no relation with you (ex. Keeping your birthdate, relative’s name as password). Always have a mix of characters while setting a password.
- Lock Individual Apps
The phone-lock features will help you as long as you have access to it. There is always a risk of your phone being snatched when it is unlocked. To make sure that the damage is minimized if such a situation arises, have separate patterns for individual apps.
- Keep Online Services Locked
Every online service comes with an option to keep you logged in. This facility helps us in saving some seconds every time, but if your device gets into the wrong hands, you can expect for the worst, from posting disgusting stuffs in social media to unauthorized money transfer from your bank accounts. It is always safe to keep online services locked.
- Trusted Sources
Always download/install apps from trusted sources (google play). Check the reviews and ratings and go through the comments before you click the download button. Always go through the app permissionsbefore you install it. It would be better to avoid the apps not available in the Play Store.
- Avoid Public WiFi
Open networks are the biggest risks to smartphone users. There is always a chance of hackers sniffing out valuable data from your device while you use public WiFi. Avoid it as much as you can, if not always, atleast when you do something like banking, money transfer, etc.
- Mobile security app
Use of mobile security apps like Avast, McAfee, Bitdefender, etc. makes the job easier for you. They will alert you of the malicious apps or phishing activities.
- Keep track of your recent activities
Make it a daily routine to check your recent activities for a couple of minutes. Review all apps and keep a check on the permissions being used. Find anything suspicious, delete the app or take other necessary measures.
- Track your device/ Erase if stolen
Thanks to ADM (Android Services Manager), you can track your phone if lost by signing in with your Google account which is also the primary account of your smartphone.
The above procedure works if the phone is lost, not stolen. If your device is stolen, there is very high possibility of the data being accessed. You can prevent this by setting the phone to erase itself automatically after a given number of incorrect login attempts.
Follow the above steps and secure your device from hackers. Not completely secure, but surely more secure than most of the other users.