Android security, Smartphones have become
an integral part of our daily lives. We use them for shopping, ordering
food, booking cabs and movie tickets, making payments and whatnot. That
said, we store a lot of confidential information, such as password and
credit card details, on our smartphones.
But even then we normally don’t pay much
attention towards the overall safety of the data store on our
smartphone. Sure they have numerous built-in security measures, but they
are not fully hack-proof. With all the reports about malware attacks
and data breaches, no one can blame you for wanting to protect your cell
phone from hackers.
Android Security :
Ø Keep Android OS up to date :
The most important reason to keep your phone and computer up to date is security.
Companies such as Apple and Google, as well as major apps, all have
employees whose job is to try to hack into their own product. Their
goal is to discover and fix flaws before malicious hackers can take an
advantage of them.
Ø Set Password :
Set password to your android mobile. Pick
password which is easy to remember. Avoid date of birth, nick name,
name, ATM pin, last digit of mobile number. These are easily caught by
hacker. Chose a code that contains 6 digit, 4 digit, or an
To set password follow this way. Android= Setting > Security > Screen lock > and choose any one option to set password.
Ø Need to Install Antivirus Security Application ???
So, the answer to your question is NO!
Android phones need not any antivirus. But that doesn’t mean that
Android is safe from Malwares & Viruses, just the mechanism &
propagation (spreading) of the intrusion of the Virus or any Malware is
different than that of Windows.
Viruses & Malwares come from user
installed programs. They cannot spread automatically like Windows
Viruses. Here, end user is culprit, who confers user rights to such
programs that may infect user land area of the applications.
Do Not Install Any Popular Anti-Virus
(OFTEN FOUND AD ON TV) On Your Phone. Such Anti-Virus Generates Fake
Virus Reports And Convince User That How It Works Perfectly And How Wise
You Are That You Chose To Install This Anti-Virus.
Also do not install such apps which
display malicious ads which tells that your phone has been infected and
install so and so anti-virus. Do not trust on such ads and simple do not
install such apps which shows such ads.
Ø Verify Application before Installing :
Download apps only from trusted source
such as the google play store. Also, don’t forget to check rating and
review of an app before installing in android. Checking the privacy
policy of the app you you are downloading is a must as well.
Ø Uninstall Unnecessary Apps :
The more apps you have on your device, the
more likely it is that one of them has an unknown or unpatched
vulnerability. So if there’s an app that you’re not using, do yourself a
favor and uninstall it to reduce your attack vector.
Ø Use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) :
The use Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) is
an efficient way to protect your Android’s network traffic against
surveillance and eavesdropping. In a nutshell, a VPN application
encrypts all the outgoing and incoming information into your device and
routes it through a server, preventing eavesdroppers from looking at
your data or figuring out which websites and services you’re using.
Ø Use of Unsecure Wi-Fi Connection :
Unsecured connections don’t have lock
icons near their listings. Avoid them, if you can, and use your phone’s
secure mobile connection. Otherwise, install a virtual private network
(VPN), which directs your traffic through encrypted connections. Even if
you’re using a VPN, never access your bank account or vital records on
an unsecured connection.
Ø Disable Data Connection, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS when you’re not using them.
They allow potential hackers to locate
your phone with a simple scan. Follow the instructions in your user’s
manual or support section of the phone manufacturer’s website. These
settings are usually defaulted to the “on” mode on newer phones.