In this information age, many people pay more attention on the security of their personal data. Any kind of leakage of information can leads to big trouble. So in this article we give you some tips on how to ensure your Android devices’ security and privacy.
1. Encrypting your device
Encryption is a process which encodes your private data on a device, so that it can’t be read by anyone unauthorized. Once you encrypt your Android smartphone, any new data becomes encrypted automatically. Decrypting takes place automatically for you as well.
Android has two methods for encrypting your device:
Full disk encryption on Android (5.0 and up)
According to Google, “full-disk encryption uses a single key—protected with the user’s device password—to protect the whole of a device’s userdata partition. Upon boot, the user must provide their credentials before any part of the disk is accessible.” This is secure, but when you reboot your phone, your data isn’t accessible until your credentials are entered. Which means, things like alarm notifications and phone calls can’t take place.
File-based encryption on Android (7.0 and up)
For those who have Nougat already, Android’s file-based encryption “allows different files to be encrypted with different keys that can be unlocked independently.” With the Direct Boot function, devices can “boot straight to the lock screen, thus enabling quick access to important device features like accessibility services and alarms.”
2. Enable Two-factor Authentication on everything
Two-factor authentication, also called two-step verification, requires two authentication methods, like passwords, PIN numbers, fingerprints or physical access to your cell phone. This method of securing your accounts works on many services, and you may already have used it with your online banking platform. 2FA, as it is sometimes known, even works with various social media platforms to prevent other people from hijacking your online identity. Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn all have the feature. Major payment platforms like PayPal and cloud storage services like Dropbox also usually support 2FA. And, very importantly, you should enable it on your Google Account as well.
Read also: How to Clean up Your Android Device and “Other” Storage?
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