Top Tips on Android Safety and Security

Android has quickly gained good popularity as a smartphone OS among people mainly because it has Google integration that simplifies the users’ tasks. However, like every other device, Android phones are exposed to security and safety threats.

There are about half a million apps in the Google Play. While most of them are free, some of them come with a cost. As people immediately download those apps that come free, they overlook one aspect of it and that is they are compromising on their identity and security.

They overlook the fact that some of these apps are malicious and swallow your confidential and personal information. People who have worked with the Windows OS are aware of Trojans and malwares.

Although the Android is built on the Linux stack and is more secure than the Windows OS, there still are chances of malicious apps appearing on your device.

As mentioned earlier, it can steal important details like your bank and credit card details, login numbers etc., and a malicious code can do anything from recording your calls to unauthorized transactions.

Mentioned below are some basic security tips on Android Smartphone that can protect you from these malwares and malicious codes.

  1.  The first point to remember is that the Google Play is not foolproof and most of the time you have to apply basic common sense prior to installing an app. So remember to check out any permission and accesses that are needed by the app.
  2. Always install an antivirus app on your Android smartphone to be on the safer side. AVG Virus is recommended as it comes free and uses very little amount of battery.
  3. Always remember to download your apps from trusted sources or from a trusted developer. This is very important for those who are constantly downloading apps from various sources. All the apps that are offered on Google Play have gone through the verification process and security checks of Google. Alternately, make it a point to get apps from trusted App Stores. These App Stores constantly monitor feedbacks received from users.
  4. An important point to remember is to avoid installing those apps, which contain built in advertisements so that the developer can earn some revenue from user clicks. Avoid apps featured in these ads as most of them lead to malicious application installs.
  5. Next point to make note is to lock your smartphone while not in use. This can easily be done with a screen lock and this can protect your Android device from casual snoopers, thieves, and even friends who might access personal data without your knowledge.
  6. If you crave for privacy then remember to turn off those apps in your Android devices, which provide people with details about your location.
  7. Enable secure internet browsing functions to prevent unwanted pop-ups and other nasty malware that could infect your device.
  8. Remember to update your apps whenever new versions are available.

This is only a few tips on the possible safety and security risks that you are exposed to while using your Android device.


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  1. Zainil

    What a post… The threat are increasing a lot on the Android OS… Thanks for the amazing article to secure over the Android… I am sure that all the readers will enjoy this article! 🙂
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  2. Aditya says:

    Your data and personal information is all what you got when you are using online facilities,And if you are not secure and your data somehow get into the wrong hands then it can create problems.One has to choose the apps which don’t require much information when you download them.
    Informative tips….should be kept in mind always.
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  3. David

    wow I did not know Android was Linux based — wow UNIX did well in the world — I think they missed out on their biggest value – all those software spinoffs from such an OLD system – but so darn robust! thks for tips – was looking for some info about security issues with handheld software and got some good value here.
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  4. David says:

    In my point of view you may also consider installing an antivirus app for your smartphone. Even though Android is much more secure than Windows but still you can consider installing an antivirus to be on the safe side. 🙂

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