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Keep your Android phone safe

Friday, 8 April 2011 | By Patrick Stafford
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This article first appeared April 8th, 2011.

 

Android smartphones are gaining traction in Australia as more entrepreneurs choose Google’s OS.

 

But few know how to actually protect their data while using an Android phone – one of the most crucial aspects of any personal device.

 

Here are a few tips on how to keep out intruders on your smartphone:

  • Make sure you tweak your internet security settings so intruders can’t steal private details, such as banking or work information. Access the settings to turn off pop-ups for a start.
  • Don’t download apps that aren’t from well-known or reputable brands. Google has already had to delete apps remotely from users’ phones because of malware – don’t let that happen to you.
  • Location-based apps are great, but they can also be a little uncomfortable for some users. Turn off location-based features to both save yourself some battery and the worry of being watched.

Lock your screen. If you lose your phone, make it harder for someone to crack into it – keep a lock on your screen with a code only you know.