Until relatively recently, the idea of internet security for a mobile phone seemed pretty much moot. We all know how important virus checkers and the like are on Desktop computers – after all these are complicated machines that spend a lot of time connected to the web and that contain a lot of our personal information. Phones don’t have the same complexity of software or the same kind of access, so there’s no need to worry right?
Well if you still think that, then these days I’m afraid you’d be wrong. Not only is Android almost as complex as a desktop operating system these days, but in most cases your device will now actually have access to more information than your main PC. What do you spend more time on? And which do you use to deal with your banking and the majority of your correspondence? That’s right…
So with that in mind then, it’s really rather important that you give Android security the same kind of attention as your PC security. And that means it’s time to stop making these easy mistakes and to start thinking about your mobile security seriously.
Android Security Tips
Mistake #1: Not Having Any Security Software
Just as on a PC, you can get security apps for Android devices that will scan for viruses and other malicious software and which can alert you to potential threats. Some also have a number of other benefits and features too, such as the ability to remotely wipe your phone of all personal data, or the ability to bring up a map showing your phone’s current or last location. This can be a lifesaver if your phone ever goes missing.
Mistake #2: Not Recognizing the Danger of Rooting
If you have rooted your phone then that’s up to you and there are many good arguments both for and against. What’s very important though is that you recognize the potential threats this creates by giving apps more access to the basest features of your phone. If you have a banking app on your device and it’s rooted for instance, then you need to be aware that this could potentially allow your bank details to be siphoned off.
Mistake #3: Not Reading Permissions
One of the biggest warning signs that an app might be up to no good is that it asks for too many permissions. If the app you’re installing is a game for instance but it wants access to your phone’s location and the ability to send messages, then you might want to think twice and research the reasons for that before you go ahead.
Mistake #4: Not Having a Password
This is very basic stuff, but it’s crucial to make sure you have a password to unlock your phone. If you don’t, and you have apps like PayPal installed, then people will be able to access your money in three swipes. A password to prevent people tampering with your device can at least allow you to
Mistake #5: Trusting the WiFi
WiFi is everywhere these days, which is a great thing for the most part. But the problem comes when you connect to an unsecured WiFi network while you’re out in town then proceed to enter all your personal details. It’s not too hard for a clever hacker to get access to your device this way and steal your information. In fact there are even apps for it – just search ‘network hacking tools for Android’ and see what comes up.
So there you go, lots of things to start thinking about. Android is a more complex system than many people realize, but as long as you’re smart that needn’t be a problem!
Jason Haddad, author of this guest post, is a tester at wellresearchedreviews.com. Being a tech enthusiast, he often writes articles on Android security. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking and swimming.