Ten tips to increase security on Android smartphone

With all the information stored by most smartphone users on these devices, we expose ourselves to certain risks that, while not completely eradicating, can be minimized to a great extent. For this, we propose ten tips very practical and very simple, of which surely some had escaped to you. In addition, with more than one you will also notice a considerable battery saving.

The following ten safety tips that we are going to offer are part of the security that depends on the user, evidently do not cover all aspects that have to do with the responsible use of new technologies, but they cover the basic and fundamental aspects that will prevent More of a security problem with our smartphone.

 1. Always use a password.

Protecting our smartphone with password is one of the basic tools that the user has within reach to protect all the content inside the same, although it should be added that in the case of Android, if we have enabled "Debugging USB", With minimal knowledge or even following a simple tutorial, you can skip our password. A 4-digit PIN or text password is recommended, which can be even safer.

2. Enable automatic locking.

If we have already done the above, it makes little sense that our smartphone does not lock automatically, since that way we only get anyone who tried to access, without finding the PIN or the password through. Therefore, it is highly recommended to use the automatic timer lock. For example, two minutes, and he will lock himself.

3. Install applications from trusted sources.

Much of the malware that is installed on Android devices comes not from Google Play Store applications, but from the installation of applications from other sources. However, although we do not only use the Play Store, it is always advisable to avoid installing applications from sources that we do not have references that can give us confidence.

4.Review application permissions.

When an office application requires permissions to send SMS ... something smells bad. This kind of thing happens sometimes, so be careful with the permissions of certain applications, which can lead you to pay bills completely removed from uses that you have carried out.

5.Install a security suite.

Just as for computers there are antivirus, in Android you can find lots of applications of this type. Each one has its characteristics, its prices ... But the important thing is that all lead to the same thing, to keep your smartphone protected from malware and other types of security problems.

6. Update our operating system.

Whatever the operating system of your device, it is always advisable to have the latest version available. Whether Windows Phone, iOS, or Android, the latest updates must incorporate the latest security solutions, although we have seen that in some cases this is not met.

7. Do not access the links that are received through SMS and email.

Text messages and e-mail are optimal supports for the transmission of "evil" links. You should not access SMS links and emails from people you do not know, since through these can get all kinds of information that you have stored in the device.

8. Encrypt our smartphone.

Encrypting our device is always a good idea, thus preventing our data from ending up in bad hands. In case of theft, if the decryption code is not known, the one who has the device in their hands will not be able to access the stored content. Thus, we can use our smartphone safely and store in it the data we want knowing that nobody can access them.

9.Turn off WiFi and avoid connecting to open networks.

When we are connected to a private WiFi network, although we do not have danger in the sense that they can know where to navigate or extract data from our terminal, we are in danger of being located. In open networks, however, the danger is even greater, since our terminal and our stored information becomes even more vulnerable, so it is always advisable to avoid this type of WiFi networks.

10. Disable Bluetooth and NFC.

Although these two technologies are very useful, some users might try to connect to our devices through them. For this reason it is advisable to deactivate Bluetooth and NFC whenever it is not being used, and in the same way deny any requests from unknown devices.

If you have any other tips on securing your smartphone do let me know in comments below 🙂