Cyberthreats are becoming more creative than ever, and it’s essential to safeguard the personal data you keep on your device. Luckily mobile security is keeping in line with these kinds of threats. But with a million different ways to protect your phone, it can get confusing as to which security features you should scope out first. 

Here are the simplest ways to secure your Android device without spending a dime or wasting time.

The Best (and Easiest) Ways to Protect your Android Device 

Use antivirus software

The oldest trick in the book to secure your data is installing antivirus software. Having a program to detect and get rid of malware will do the work for you and delete potential problems. There is a number of different programs you can download (some are even free!). Do some research to find out which is the best for your Android phone. 

Lock your phone

First step: lock your screen with a PIN, pattern or password. These 3 Ps will be the first line of defense if your phone happens to fall into the wrong hands.  

In addition to using a screen lock, look into another method to back up that 4-digit code. Android Smart Lock is a great way to back up your initial security device. This feature enables you to keep your phone unlocked while it’s in known, trusted locations, such as when it is on your person or when it’s connected to your Bluetooth speaker. Check out the menu to choose the right Smart Lock for you:

  • Go to Settings > Security > Advanced > Trust agents > Smart Lock: On

Use Play Protect

Luckily for Android users, your device comes with built-in security. Google Play Protect comes installed on your phone and exists to squash incoming threats before you even know they’re headed your way. Typically, Play Protect is on automatically, but head over to your settings to make sure you’re getting the most out of this feature. 

Set up your app permissions

Have you ever wondered why your flashlight app needs to access your location and data, or if it even does at all? You may be sharing more information than you realize, entirely on accident. By choosing what kind of information you share with each app you download, you can ensure you aren’t unnecessarily giving away your data to potential threats.

  • Go to Application Manager (or Apps) > [select app] > Permissions

Use 2-step verification

Sometimes one way to unlock your phone may not be enough. Good news! You can use a 2-factor authentication system to verify that it is, in fact, you using your phone and accessing your information. The second factor may be answering a security question, receiving a unique code, or getting a security phone call. Which would work best for you?

Clean up your phone

There’s no denying it - we all have apps cluttering our phones that haven’t been touched in weeks, or maybe even months. If you aren’t using certain apps, go ahead and delete them from your Android. You never know which cyberthreat is attempting to hack its way through an app into your phone to infringe on your personal information.
Trust your instincts 

Some scams are pretty good at pretending, so knowing how to see through them is a great tool to keep in your back pocket. Get to know the sites you regularly use, like knowing their logo or how a typical message from them looks. If you are unsure of the legitimacy of an app or email, don’t give them your information! Use your best judgment when it comes to supplying your personal info - the person on the other side of the screen may not always be as they appear.

Need some more tips on securing your Android? Visit your local Staymobile for help from one of our trusted employees.

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