Today our phones are not mere communication devices; they contain much more valuable and highly sensitive information such as our photos, bank credentials, personal\Official Data as well. Information, which if reached under the wrong hands, may affect us adversely and the threat is real.
Nowadays, the attacks on private data stored on our mobile devices are higher than ever. Therefore it is high time that we take adequate measures to accurately protect and safeguard all the information stored on our devices.
Of course, there are many techniques that come prebuilt into our Smartphones to keep the data stored secured on our Smartphone’s. However, most of the time, none of us use these features properly the way they need to be used and leave our Smartphones carelessly so that they can be hacked.
If you are interested in tightening up your Android device’s security so as to protect your device’s information from reaching wrong hands, then below are some of the quick tips and ways by which you can easily safeguard your Smartphones in a more effective manner.
Set a Difficult Unlock Passcode
Many think of passcodes as a simple lock to just keep your friends or family or maybe just your kids from frequently using your Smartphone. However, the passcode of your device acts much more importantly than that.
The passcode of your device is the first layer of protection against any malicious intrusion attempt and therefore needs to be taken care of seriously.
Setting up an unbreakable alphanumeric passcode is a very effective and strong way to keep your device safe. Moreover, as most of the new generation Smartphones features fingerprint scanners in them, if your device has one, then it is highly recommended that you keep a fingerprint lock for your device as well.
Avoid Downloading and Installing Applications from Unknown Sources
Many of us, download and install applications from various sources around the web, only because they app may not be officially supported on our device models anymore, or maybe because as the app is a premium paid application.
It may sound like the most convenient manner to download and install paid applications from the web on your Smartphones, however, may end up costing you a lot.
For example, the applications that you download and install from the web may contain malwares or other malicious bots. Once you install any such infected applications on your Android device, it may in turn churn out all your personal data and make it readily available to hackers and other illegal activists, which is a very serious threat to your privacy.
Avoid Rooting or Jailbreaking your Smartphone
Rooting of Android devices as well as jailbreaking of Apple iPhones are a very common practice these days. Users get more flexibility and customization options over the softwares that come on these Smartphones after rooting or jailbreaking.
However, rooting or jailbreaking also unlocks your device to potential threats in the online world as the device’s factory safety features gets nullified once you root or jailbreak your Smartphone.
And moreover, as Smartphone softwares nowadays are most user friendly than before, there are little to no needs of actually rooting or jailbreaking your Smartphone.
Apart from the above mentioned steps, it also a very good practice to check out the permissions assigned to each application on your Smartphone and if you feel that any such applications are using up much of your device’s sensitive location, then it is a better option to look at the authenticity of the application. Backing up your Smartphone data is also a very good practice.