'Access Denied' - 7 ways to protect your Android device
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Android devices seem to be continually under attack, with new reports of malware almost every day. However, the biggest threats against your Android phone or tablet aren’t malware, but rather unauthorised users who may access your information. While mobile security includes detecting and blocking malicious apps, it also includes protecting physical access and encryption. To secure your Android device and helpsafeguard your data and privacy,there are a few simple tips to follow: 1. Lock Your Device A pattern-code or a PIN can help keep unauthorised users from browsing through your phone. Pattern locking asks users to draw a specific pattern while the PIN-based symptom unlocks the screen as soon as the correct numeric code is entered. It’s good practice, though, to wipe the screen with a cloth after unlocking the device.If you look at the device from an angle, you will likely see a trail of smudges showing what the pattern looks like or what digits are used in the PIN. If you wipe the screen, randomly run your finger across the screen in crazy patterns, or use a pattern that doubles back on its self frequently, then any smudges left behind won’t be of any use to the snoop. 2. Secure Google Play Purchases Set a separate PIN for purchases in Google Play so that unauthorised users won’t be able to buy apps from the marketplace. Within the Google Play app, go to the settings menu, and then tap “Set or change PIN.” Once you’ve created the pin, select “Use PIN for purchases,” to make sure the user is prompted for the PIN before completing a transaction from the store. 3. Install Security Software While Android malware makes up a tiny portion of all threats, it still pays to install security software on the device. Most Android security tools do more than just scan for malicious apps. The tools can detect potential phishing Websites, provide information about the kind of permissions other apps are requesting, and have a variety of built-in anti-loss tools. Many security products on the market let you remotely lock your phone, track its location via GPS, and even remotely wipe all the data from the device.
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