[Security Tip] Keep Secure your Android Phone All the Time
Do you know Android Stats? The total number of global Android users are 1.4 billion (As of 9/29/15 Update), and Android’s share of the global mobile operating system market is 53.54%.
So, you might be thinking why we'are pushing you these stats?
Well ! The reason is As your PC or Laptop, your smartphones also carry your all information like your personal photographs, important emails, messages and even your passwords or banking details. And due to rise in android usage, the hackers have their interest from your PC to your Android Phones.
Now you might be thinking,
This might be possible if your phone infected with a VIRUS?Don't fear Because Android phones do not get viruses because they technically don't exist.
Android OS is based on Linux Kernel and Linux is the most secured operating system because the Linux kernel itself has a module, specifically Linux Security Module, called Security-Enhanced Linux (SELinux). Also Android apps are developed using JAVA programming language, again, the most secured programming language because it run inside JVM (JAVA Virtual Machine) which isolates the running app from the main OS using a method called Sandboxing. (Source - Internet).
So, you might be wondering if VIRUS cant affects your phone then you are secure but you are again wrong here. Your Android phone still can be hacked.
There is a particular term used for this - MALWARE (Malicious Software).
So, Should you worry about termed Malware?Well, YES. You should but with a little bit of awareness, you can keep malware and other mobile threats away.
Malicious Software is software designed to control a device secretly, steal private information or money from your Android phone. Malware even tracks a user’s location and activity without their knowledge.
There is no such direct way to hack your Android phone until unless the hacker physically accesses your phone or you install a third party app or malware own your own.
From where does malware come or from where can you be affected by malware?It directly relates to applications you install and what permission they require and whether you grant or not.
If you are quite an advanced user, then you may be knowing about rooting. There is no right answer whether you should root your device or not because the answer may change user to user opinion and their requirements. But we are not here to discuss it so, the reason I am talking about rooting is rooting gives special root permissions to the application and even full control of your phone which can be dangerous. Very dangerous if the app is from a untrusted and unknown publisher as that app may have malware and it can control your phone, steal private information from your Android phone or even track your location.
Reasons not to worry about Downloading Apps from Trusted Source like Google Play Store:Google Play Store itself check every app for Security Reasons and If somehow it fails to check that any app is suspicious then it would get noticed by other people and rated badly in Play Store, in worst cases it would, However, from Play Store by Google, so there is less chance of user installing something malicious by mistake.
Reasons why to be worry about Malware:-
- Malware can Steal our login credentials (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or any other data).
- Malware can Sneakily dial hotlines from our phones to make cash.
- Malware can Hijack our phones for sending spam without our knowledge.
- Malware can Steal all of our personal information, straight out of our pockets.(Images, Videos, etc.).
- Malware can Track our real-time location.
- Malware can Steal money or our banking details.
Best Precaution to Avoid Malware and Secure your Android Phone:-
- Don't download apps to your mobile from locations other than Play Store.
- Whatever you download from Play Store, always have a look at what permissions the app is asking before allowing them.
- Don't click blindly on links to Apps you get a message on WhatsApp even from your friends.
- Only grant root access to apps that need root for a good reason and are from trusted developers or a source of confidence.
- Always use SuperUser if your device is rooted.The newest versions of SuperUser (3.x) support using a PIN to approve root access for apps. When an app requests root, you need to enter your PIN before root access is granted.
Reasons: Anti-Virus or Security Programs to Secure your Android:-Anti-Virus provide additional features for security and enhancing user experience which you don't get in Android phone itself. But Google provides passwords features you do not know(we will be covering it later on)
- Phone Tracker.
- Phone Locker.
- SMS/MMS and Call Filter/Blocker.
- Anti Theft Feature.
- Camera Pictures – Front/back camera snapshots(If someone opens your phone lock).
- On Screen Message – Customizable message to potential device finder.
- Safe browsing and phishing protection.
- Device Monitoring of relevant settings.
- Automatic updates of key modules and settings.
- And much more features but it is hard to get all of these features in one app, and that is also for free but you can use free or even paid apps to get better features, and they are useful.
More Various Tips to secure Android-
1. "Save All Passwords" NO - Nada - Never.
Don't have all of your passwords on your device. i.e. A browser has an option to ask 'save this password' don't save all of your passwords all the time. If someday a bad guy got to get your phone, you vanish. So play smart - never keep such as Banking passwords and Social Accounts password.
2. Using Multiple users Feature.
Do you give your phone to your siblings, kids or your friends? Using this tip can protect each of privacy. In the Newer android version you can set up multiple user accounts, You can also make another general account for anyone who wants to use your device. This option can be found in Settings → Users section.
4. Backup Plan (i) Track Your Lost Device
So you have a backup already, but you want to get your lost device back. Well, as the smartphone industry would have it, your phone is built to be trackable, via GPS. The catch is, you have to enable GPS on your phone for it to be tracked. Do not worry because there are plenty of device-tracking apps for Android that can help you can locate your lost or stolen the android device, some can even turn on the GPS on your phone remotely.
5. Backup plan (ii) Remote Wipe.
Even you keep your phone, safe as possible. It can be lost or stolen. To protect privacy, you Need to set an option to Wipe That device's Data. (So split milk can not be turned into cheese.)
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Special Note and Resources:-
A software bug is a problem causing a program to crash or produce invalid output. Insufficient or erroneous logic causes the problem. A bug can be an error, mistake, defect or fault, which may cause failure or deviation from expected results. Most bugs are due to human errors in source code or its design. / © PcMag
Most Android devices, including all newer devices, have multiple technologies that are designed to make exploitation more difficult. Android devices also include an application sandbox designed to protect user data and other applications on the device.There's common, mistaken assumption that any software bug can be turned into a security exploit. In fact, most bugs aren't exploitable, and there are many things Android has done to improve those odds.