10 tips to help you to protect your Android Smartphone

Hacked, lost or stolen, in a daily use never forget that “bad things” happen, and you will never figure it out until it’s happen to you or to a close friend.

Here after 10 actions you can perform RIGHT NOW to make sure your “baby” is more safe.

    1. Keep your Android OS and Apps up-to-date
    2. Encrypt your phone data with a strong password
    3. Do not root your phone
    4. Perform regular backup of the data stored on your device
    5. Disable the option to “Allow installation of non-market apps”
    6. Carefully check the required permissions before install or update an application from the market.
    7. Do not install Flash player on your Android
    8. Never store password in clear text
    9. Disable wireless connection when not used
    10. Install an anti-virus

1-Keep your Android OS and Apps up-to-date
All Operating System evolve, improve their security all the time. Check for system update every month.
Apps also receive update that can protect you from been hacked. Check for update on the market everyday.

2-Encrypt your phone data with a strong password
Forget all programs you can found on the market that let you localized your phone. You loose it ? If your phone is not on silence mode, simply call it’s phone number or use Google Latitude to geo-localized it if you have enable it. Your phone has been stolen ? the first thing the guy will do power it off and remove/throw the sim card away, so don’t waste your money for some apps that will remotely control your phone speaker, send sms with location or anything else …

3-Do not root your phone
Especially if you don’t really know what it’s mean or what’s it’s involves. Root your phone will not “make it faster”. Root your device open “doors” that can be used by hackers to mess with your smartphone.

4-Perform regular backup of the data stored on your device
Once a month is a good start. You can either install one of the backup software (don’t forget to copy generated file to your computer or cloud storage) on the market or manually copy both Internet and external memory storage once connected/mapped to your computer. Also backup your IMEI code (dial *#06# to get it), this code can be useful for some provider to lock your lost or stolen phone.

5-Disable the option to “Allow installation of non-market apps”
Always downloads apps from the google store https://play.google.com

6-Carefully check the required permissions before install or update an application from the market.
Ask yourself, why this program would need these permissions ? Good dev provide the answer on the apps description, read it.

7-Do not install ADOBE Flash player on your Android
If you did it already, uninstall it (source https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.adobe.flashplayer&hl=en).  Some fake installer and malware has been found and anyway it’s useless on a smartphone.

8-Never store password in clear text
Yes, i have seen that ! Never use memo, text file, to store your passwords, their is tones of free apps on the market that use high level encryption to store such info on your device.

9-Disable wireless connection when not used
A secure device is an offline device, so simply activate the proper connection(3G/Wifi/BT/NFC) when it’s required, otherwise keep it off  it will improve your battery performance too.

10-Install an anti-virus
Don’t be ashamed because you install an anti-virus , and don’t be convinced of your OS invulnerability, simply be prepared.
Despite the fact that such apps will use lots of resources and drain your battery, installing an anti-virus is never a bad things especially if you spend lot’s of time surfing the web with your mobile or often transfers files from various sources.
Some of them also let you monitor application permission too, and let you choose which permissions to enable and how to activate it.

That’s it, be safe…

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