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How to protect your Android device from hackers

Updated on May 26, 2017

Emerging cybercrime may be a big reason to worry because these days we are having every information about us on our smartphones or on our computers. With the passing time computers, have also been replaced by our handy smartphones. Now we are having almost all the information about us on these handy devices. We use to make payments from them, we use to find jobs and we use to have personal conversations with our dear ones from these devices. In this way, our smartphones have our personal, Professional and financial information stored in them and this makes it must to protect these devices from hackers because if they are hacked all our information will be in wrong hands. In this article, we will discuss some security tips which will help you to make your Android device hack proof.

1. Use PIN/Pattern lock

Using preloaded security is one of the most secure way to protect your device. In every Android device, you will find two ways to set screen lock pin or pattern. You should use them even when you know that no one else is going to touch your smartphone. The screen lock not only protect your device from the external world but it also helps to stop any suspicious activity on your device when you are not using it.

2. Download applications only from the Play store:

Another tip to make your Android device hack proof is to download applications only from the authentic source that is Google play store. There are many other websites from which you can download. apk files of applications and can install them on your device. Here you may find some paid applications for free but do not get carried away with such websites always install and application from play store. In settings of your smartphone you will find a button “Install applications from unknown sources” always keep these settings turned off because most of the applications having malware comes from unknown sources.

3. Lock applications having critical information:

As I mentioned earlier in this article if you are the only person who use your device then too you should not compromise on security. It is always a good idea to protect applications such as banking, Online wallets, email and messaging apps with a password. You can find a decent AppLocker on the play store, install it and lock down the applications with critical information individually.

4. Carefully read app permission before installing

If you have noticed when you start installing an application, it shows you a list of components which will be accessible by the application. Every time you should check this list carefully and if you find anything doubtful then think before you tap Agree. For example, if a music application wants to access your location it sounds strange.

5. Do not left Bluetooth Wi-Fi NFC turned on

Your Android smartphone is loaded with air to air paring using Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and NFC. But do you know keeping them turned on may invite intruders. You should use a safe connection while sharing files and after use you should immediately turn off Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. Also, keep this in mind that not every open Wi-Fi is safe it can be a trap to hack your device. Hackers may use these airs to air connecting components as a back door to enter your device.

6. Avoid using third party keyboards:

If you will study malware and computer viruses, you will come across key loggers. This kind of malware steal every information which we enter through the keyboard. Our stock keyboards are safe from this but we cannot be very sure about third party keyboards. We type everything we with a keyboard either it is a password or our card details so here we should not compromise on security. so it is better to compromise on some features and stick to the default key board.

7. Install Anti malware on your device:

If you find it too much technical to follow above security steps, then a simple and clear solution is to have an antivirus software installed on your device. There are so many antivirus applications available on the Google play store promising the best Android security. These applications also come with device manager and phone finder features. If you have multiple Android devices some of these applications have plans to extend your security to more than one device. Choose a good security app for your Android device and then leave the rest on it.

So, these were some tips to protect your Android device from hackers. Check these settings right itself on your Android device and protect it from potential data loss. Your Android device is your little home in which you store many personal things and your money too. Spending few minutes in safeguarding it can make lots of difference.

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