Meta description: Smartphones mostly contain private information and details. Therefore, we must always check if we’re protecting them against security and privacy threats well enough.

Android smartphones and tablets are our best friends when it comes to doing business, playing games, or simply hanging out. These gadgets are usually stuffed with too many applications, photos, messages, and account details that may be too private for us to share, if ever the devices get lost or stolen.

Unavoidable situations can make your Android device land in the hands of some stranger who might use your private information to hack your social media accounts or take advantage of credit card information that you might have stored on your Android phone.

With this, you have to check the security measures for your Android-powered tablet or phone. Here are some tips to prevent or lessen the chance of being victimized by people who want to steal private information from your Android device:

Set a Password, PIN, or Pattern Lock

Thankfully, Android hosts a number of ways to protect your home screen from being opened by others. You have the option to set a password with the character length you want, type a four-digit PIN (personal identification number) if you want an easy-to-recall sequence, or swipe your fingers to form patterns that only you can decipher. But this is just a “first aid” remedy in case your phone gets stolen. Some people can hack the passwords or deactivate them; but at least you’ve made it a bit harder for them to unlock it.

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Set up a SIM card lock

 

This feature may be available on other devices, but Android OS has a more detailed approach to protecting your phone number and SIM (subscriber identity module) content. Your phone can prompt you for a SIM PIN every time you turn your phone on in order to send a text message, view your inbox or call someone. If you are keen on SMS privacy, this function will be of great help.

 

Install Privacy Apps from Google Play

 

With over 600,000 applications, Google Play is home to a great number of apps dedicated to ensuring your phone’s security. You can install apps that can store all your passwords safely without having to save them on the Notes or Calendar app on your device. Some apps can hide photos that you want to be private, or restrict people from reading your SMS. If you’re using an Android device as your business phone, there are other third-party apps dedicated to saving business transactions, Excel files, and other essential files and folders neatly – they can only be viewed by providing the correct password.

Clear your Browsing History, Cookies and Cache

 

Sometimes, mobile browsing becomes so easy that we tend to neglect our browser settings. You might have set your browser to remember passwords for frequently visited sites, but this can spell danger for your Android device. Make sure to clear your browsing history every so often so that your personal details won’t get compromised.

These are but a few suggestions on how you can protect your Android device(s) from being hacked and to prevent you from being a victim of identity theft. You can customize your security settings according to your preference, but don’t neglect the task of protecting your gadgets’ stored files and information. Android already offers great security features, and users must take advantage of the said features to ensure security and privacy for devices.

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