Here’s how you can secure your Android phones and tablets to stay safe from privacy threats

Oct 29, 2021

By: Shadab Rabbani

Securing with PIN, biometrics

Use your phone's in-built security features such as face unlock, fingerprint scanner and PIN/pattern.

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Two-factor authentication

Enable the two-factor authentication on compatible apps such as Gmail that requires your password along with an OTP or code every time you log in.

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Use Play Store

Do not use third-party apps to install apps as it can put your phone at risk of being hacked. Install the secure apps only from Google Play Store.

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Installing apps

Read all information about an app you wish to install and download it only when you are confident that it is secure.

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Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

Avoid using public Wi-Fi and Bluetooth at unknown locations, as it can give easy access to hackers.

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Erase all data

In case you lose your Android phone, you can use the Find My Device feature on your Google account to erase all data and keep your privacy secure.

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Incognito Mode

Since Google Chrome is the default browser, use it for your browsing needs. You can also secure your browsing by using the incognito mode.

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Update your device

Update your Android device whenever prompted, as it can also download the latest security patch and prevent various security threats.

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Passwords

Do not allow your phone to save passwords as it can be used by hackers to log in to apps or use sensitive login credentials.

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Backups

Do not keep sensitive data in your phone and take backups of it on cloud storage such as Google Drive, OneDrive or in external storage to keep it secure.

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