Smartphones are no longer just a means of communication, they are now our wallet, our photo album, and our bank. Due to such reasons, smartphones are becoming very important for us. So it is equally important to keep it safe. Of course, you don’t have to spend money to keep your phone safe. Today, tomorrow’s Android smartphones have protection tools for device security.
Keeping you informed about this will make your device better for your data security. Today we are going to discuss some essential settings and tips for the security of Android devices.
1. Use screen lock
Even if it sounds normal, the first thing you need to do to protect your device is to keep the screen locked. Using the PIN, pattern, or password option, you can secure your device from the screen lock on your Android phone or tablet.
Nowadays, most Android devices also have fingerprint and face recognition features, which make your screen lock more secure.
2. Use the lock screen security option
You can choose what kind of notifications can be seen on the screen when your own phone is locked. You can adjust the notifications of certain apps that appear on the screen lock or turn off or on the notifications of all the phones as per your requirement.
To do this, go to your settings and go to the notification option and change the settings of the notification to your liking. Some notification options may only be available on Android 11 or higher.
3. Find My Device
This feature from Google is an important tool for finding your device. This feature was previously known as Android Device Manager. Google later updated it to ‘Find My Device’.
Using this feature, you can find out where your device is and lock the device until it is detected. To do this, go to your device’s Settings option and click on the Security option. Then turn on the Find My Device option. But this feature does not work if your device does not have a location on it. This feature doesn’t just help you find your lost phone.
This protects your data and also helps remove your data from the device in case it is lost.
4. Use a smart lock
Sometimes you may need to keep your phone unlocked. Especially this feature keeps your phone unlocked while you are with it.
You can unlock your phone via your smartphone using your PIN, pattern, or password. To do this, go to Settings and click on the Lock Screen option. There you will see an option called Smart Lock. After clicking there, keep what is in the lock option of the phone. There are three options; The first body detection, which you have in your phone pocket, will detect the body and keep the device unlocked.
You can also keep the phone unlocked in your trusted places and next to your trusted devices. If you do not use the phone continuously for four hours, the phone will lock automatically. This feature is only available on phones above Android 10.
5. Google Play Protect
Google Play Protect helps protect users’ devices from malware. This feature tests whether the app you are trying to download from the Play Store is secure and alerts users. Also, if an app on your device violates Google’s software policy, it alerts you via notifications, privacy alerts.
Most of the time it is automatically enabled. But if for some reason this feature is disabled, you can enable Google Play Protect by going to the Security option in your settings.
6. Use only secure browsers in Chrome
Chrome is the default browser on every Android device and the browser is in safe browsing mode which protects the device from insecure websites. To enable this feature, open Chrome, click on the three dots, and go to Settings. Turn on the sync option there.
7. Keep checking Google Security from time to time
The best way to keep your Google Account secure is to check your security regularly. Google has categorized its security issues into different categories; Your device, recent security events, third party access, and sign-in and recovery. You can check the security of your Google Account through these various means.
8. Management of app permissions
It is important to check the apps you have downloaded to protect your device. Apps also contain many types of malware that threaten your data security, so it’s important to know what kind of permissions to give any app. So it is advisable to manage the apps yourself from time to time.
9. Find out the weak passwords used with your Google Account
Users may have used weak passwords in various accounts using their Google Accounts, which may make your data insecure. Type passwords.google.com on the desktop to see if the passwords you use are strong and you can check the passwords on the sites you are using by following the instructions given there.