Our phones are becoming increasingly important — anyone can see that. If you’re really serious about keeping your Android phone close to you at all times, then you need to focus on security. Ultimately, you can look at security with your Android phone from tow different viewpoints: data security and physical security. You want to make sure that no one takes your physical phone, and you also want to make sure that no one messes with your data. Computer security from a mobile perspective can be tricky, but it isn’t impossible.
One of the first things that you want to make sure that you’re doing when you’re trying to keep your Android phone safe is to actually look at your apps list. When we hear about a new app, our first reaction is to download the app and install it without really thinking about the control it will have over our phone. Android apps have a tendency to roam the system more than other types of apps or other types of phones. This can be a blessing or a curse, but the truth is that you don’t have to have every app running wild on your system. You will need to look at the permissions that you allow the application to run. For example, if you know that an app has no business accessing your contacts list, and then you will want to make sure that you deny that app that privilege — it’s really that simple.
Along these same lines is that fact that you really need to only download apps from a trusted source. The Android market is just one source, but it’s a trusted one. If there’s a bad app in there, it won’t last for long — there’s just too many people looking over the list of apps there with a fine-tooth comb.
There is also the subject of your actual data. You don’t want to store everything about you on your phone. While we have a tendency to do this naturally as a result of actually getting the most out of our Android phones, you have to really decide what type of information you want to have on your phone. The truth is that we would all have a lot to lose if our phones were ever lost or stolen. Would you be able to deal with having your important information leaked out and put online? This happens a lot more often than you think. If you have your child’s pictures on your phone, then you can already see how this can be very, very dangerous.
You can always store your information on your computer, and keep it locked up on an encrypted hard drive. Now, this might seem a little hardcore to you, but the alternative is a lot worse than this.
Overall, it’s really all about being able to protect your phone at all costs. With the tips in this guide, you should have no problem really taking good care of your Android phone!