7 Things You Need to Do to Secure You Android Devices
23 June, 2015 – Android has a stranglehold on the
smartphone market worldwide. According to Strategy Analytics, Android
dominated the global smartphone market again last year with 1 billion
units shipped worldwide. It accounted for 81 percent of all smartphones
shipped last year, followed by Apple with 15 percent market share and
Microsoft with 3 percent at third. Without a doubt, Android is the most
popular mobile operating system in the world.
“Many users choose Android over other OS-based devices because
first, the devices can be relatively cheap; second, it’s known for fast
and efficient data storage and third, it’s available across different
form factors, brands, and price points," said Paul Oliveria, researcher
of Trend Micro. Moreover, Android is popular among mobile developers
and manufacturers for its capacity to house innovative app development
without licensing fees and its simple, yet powerful Software
Development Kit (SDK).
As Google wants to empower users and developers as much as
possible, the very freedom makes Android a viable platform
cybercriminals and hackers want to exploit. Android users can expect to
run into a few problems from time to time and their device and the data
in it can be stolen, spied on, and used by cybercriminals if they
aren’t careful. “Because the mobile landscape is ever-changing,
securing mobile device can be tedious. In the virtual world where
hackers and cybercriminals are hard to trace, you are the only one who
can make sure your device and the data in it is well protected. We hope
the following tips can be of help in that endeavor," Paul said.
- Lock the screen – Enabling a screen unlock
code will prevent a device thief from accessing your mobile data.
- Protect your data – Android virtually comes
with pre-installed security measures that can be easily accessed and
enabled from the security submenu. The Android security screen also
includes an option to encrypt the device. Enabling this option will
help protect sensitive information stored in the device.
- Strengthen passwords and app permissions –
Google does a fine job at synching their updates with Android devices.
However, some manufacturers take a little more time to update.
Remember to check the features that you allow the app to access, and
don’t forget to use strong and unique passwords. If you re-use your
passwords, hackers can effortlessly guess the passwords on your other
- Install a security app – It’s always a good
idea to make use of security apps. An app that offers anti-theft
features like remote wipe-out, tracking, and locking, as well as
malware scanning and detection can help mitigate potential threats.
For example, Trend Micro Mobile Security is a security app for Android
phone and Android tablet, which blocks malicious apps from Google Play
before they are installed; guards against identity theft and viruses;
blocks dangerous and fraudulent websites; protects your privacy on
Facebook; protects kids online; and even extends battery life and
optimizes device performance and memory.
- Connect to secure networks – Whenever you go
online using a network you don’t know, such as public Wi-Fi, you
should be more careful because unsecured Wi-Fi networks can be used to
stage man-in-the-middle attacks where data can be intercepted by a
third party. Avoid online banking, financials, and purchasing over
public networks. If you use Wi-Fi at home, please make sure you use a
password to secure your router.
- Avoid rooting your device – Before rooting
your Android device, consider the pros and cons first. While it allows
you more control over your device, it could also allow unsigned apps,
including malicious ones, access to your data. This also makes it
difficult to patch and update your OS and apps, which could leave your
- Download from official app stores –
Downloading from third-party sites or app stores is one of the easiest
ways for any mobile device to get infected with malware. Limiting your
apps to those from official or trusted app stores (like the Google
Play app store) can lower the risks.
For more information on Mobile Security for Android
Smartphones and Tablets, visit
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