Android Phones: 11 Ways to secure your Android smartphone

There are multiple possible ways to inject a virus into your Android smartphone and some of the popular ways are installing third-party apps, rooting the device, trojans, malware, etc. A virus ridiculously can harm your devices by stealing your private data, read your SMS & call logs, install unwanted apps, and other various things. Here we have told you some Android security tips & tricks that you can follow to secure your Android phone from virus.

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How to detect virus in Android phones

Android doesn’t provide us any tool or software that can detect the virus. We have to check it manually.

These are some sign that your Android having a virus

  1. Overheating: Your smartphone heats too much even if the device is not used for a long time.
  2. More Battery Consumption than usually
  3. Poor Performance
  4. Bloatware Apps Installed: Check all the installed apps from the smartphone’s settings > manage apps and delete any unfamiliar apps.
  5. Higher Data Usage: Using unnecessary data inside the Android even though there no background running apps.

Android Security: How to secure your Android smartphone

Here are the 7 possible ways to secure your Android smartphone from viruses. We need to manually maintain these precautions to avoid the viruses since Android phones don’t have any external app to analyze the viruses.

1. Do not install third-party apps

Turn Off unknown source

This is the most basic way to prevent viruses in Android phones. Third-party apps may contain malicious content that seriously can harm your device and leak your private data. You should always prefer the Play store app to install all the apps because here all apps are protected by Google play protect and make install apps from unknown source is turned off from the Android settings.

2. Do not grant all permissions

Do not grant all permissions for Android security

There are so many Android apps available on the play store request unnecessary permissions to run the app properly. For example, if a camera app requires calling permission simply don’t allow them that can steal your data or make unnecessary calling from your number.

If an app requesting too many unnecessary permissions simply don’t allow them or uninstall that app.

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3. Delete unused apps from the smartphone

Delete Unused Apps: Android Security

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–Some unused apps run in the background in RAM and send anonymous data to the host. That’s why you should delete all the unused apps from your smartphones from settings > manage apps.

4. Use a strong Passcode or Gesture

Using a strong passcode or complicated gestures ensures the highest possible security that you can do with an Android phone. There are mainly three types of security you get, Pincode, Gestures lock, Password which contains the alphanumeric password. The most secured type of password is the Alphanumeric password combination.

5. Stop using public WiFi!

Don't use Public WiFi

Using public WiFi can be very dangerous for surfing the internet or social media. They can track your activity through WiFi and perform various malicious activities such as stealing data like your debit/credit card details, usage tracking (which web you are surfing), spoofing, downloading malicious content, read your emails, etc. Here’s how to use WiFi safely.

6. Turn off Bluetooth or WiFi when it’s done

Turn Off Bluetooth

Bluetooth or WiFi are mainly used for sending or receiving files between two devices. You should disable WiFi, Bluetooth, or other connectivities as soon as their job is done. A hacker can access your device through WiFi or Bluetooth very easily and steal the data, install the malicious apps or virus, remotely lock your device, read your call log & SMS, and other malicious activities.

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7. Visit only secured or HTTPS websites

Https secure website

Google always recommends us to surf only secure or HTTPS websites. Mostly secure websites have Https:// in the URL bar that ensures your data is limited to your browser only. You can check a website is secure or not from the top near the URL bar. The main reason to not visit an unsecured website because they can show you pop ads, install apps automatically, freeze your browser, etc.

8. Update your Android Phone Regularly

Regularly update your Android phone is very important for Android security. OTA updates contain security patches and new features. Security patch updates are essential to remove previous security flaws from an Android phone.

9. Turn off Send Diagnostic data automatically

Turn Off Send Diagnostic data automatically: Android Security

If this option “Send diagnostic data” is enabled, some data from your phone will be sent to the smartphone company for troubleshooting problems. However, it may happen some of your private data also be shared with the companies. To secure your Android phone turn off this option from the Android privacy setting right now. To do so, go to settings > Security > Privacy > Send diagnostic data automatically > toggle off. That’s it. Also, turn off personalized ad recommendations.

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10. Don’t install security apps in Android

I’ve seen many users installing security or Antivirus apps to protect their smartphones from the virus which is not completely true. Your Android phone is already too secure that you really don’t need any Antivirus app for Android or any other phone. You just need to follow the above options to take care of your smartphone and make sure you don’t have installed any third-party apps.

11. Don’t share Google password

Do you know? your smartphone can be accessed using your Gmail account & password and changes can be performed. So next time think twice before sharing your password to your friends or family.

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Conclusion

I have explained all the Android security tips to secure your smartphones from the virus. If you have any questions or queries regarding this article, leave a comment. To know more read About Us page Have a nice day 🙂

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