Would you like your Android device to get hacked?
We bet you answered no to that.
Preventing a data breach to your device isn’t just about willing it to happen, though. You also have to work towards it. Here’s how.
1 – Update Firmware
Whenever you get the notification to update your device to the latest firmware, drop everything you are doing to download and install that update.
That firmware update will most likely come with security patches and fixes which you don’t want to miss out on.
P.S. If your device has become so obsolete that it is not supported by the OEM anymore, now is the best time to upgrade it too.
2 – Update Apps
The same thing goes for app update notifications. As soon as they come your way, download them.
They are also usually sent to fix bugs and patch exploits, which could otherwise expose you to a hack.
3 – Set strong passwords
This should not be something we have to be still saying in 2020. However, here we are.
When the hackers come for you, that fancy fingerprint sensor and facial unlock system won’t save you. Your password is the last line of defense. For both your device and accounts, make sure there are secure passwords to protect them.
Where you have the option of two-factor authentication, go for it.
4 – Install security software
Android already has some security practices, but you should also do your part by installing additional security software to keep you protected.
If you use the internet a lot, as most people do, you should download a VPN. This piece of software will keep your connection encrypted anytime you connect to the internet, disallowing anyone from tracking or snooping on your internet data. This also reduces your risk of falling victim to man-in-the-middle hacks.
Don’t forget to install antivirus software and password manager too.
5 – Trust Google Play only
Would you like to download an app but can’t seem to find it on the Google Play store? That is not an excuse to go download said app from third-party websites.
That is how you expose yourself to apps that have been bundled with malicious code and malware.
If you can’t find any app, either go for a close alternative or forget about it altogether. The dangers of sideloading apps are way pronounced to risk such a thing.