Here are some pointers that Android users should take into account to maintain the highest level of security on their mobile devices.
Android-based smartphones are widely used. The large market share that Google's mobile OS now holds across the board is not likely to shift any time soon. Android devices, like PCs, are the target of attacks from hackers and other ne'er-do-wells in part because of this.
And even if you use strong passwords, keep your Android phone updated, and carry it with you at all times, you could still be in danger.
Apple's mobile operating system is under attack, and iOS phones have a significant majority in markets like America and Japan. Even if you believe you are adhering to all the finest practices, you will discover there is yet another factor to take into account.
As long as you use a mobile phone, whether it be an Android or an iPhone, this constant diligence is required.
However, there is one straightforward method that will go a long way toward keeping your data and you safe.
Are you prepared to do this?
Let's get going.
I have to ask you a question first, though.
What applications are a must-have for you? I'm not referring to the occasional entertainment apps; rather, I'm referring about the apps that you cannot live without. I'll respond to that query. My must-have apps are the following:
- Chrome (or Firefox)
- Google Drive
- Google Calendar
- Google Docs
- Bank app
These are the apps I consider to be necessary. My day would be much less productive and more difficult without those apps.
Let's now discuss the apps that are important but not absolutely necessary. The list is much shorter for that to me:
That's a total of 14 apps. If push came to shove, I could drop Slack, Bitwarden (a password manager), and the bank app.
Here's why I ask this question: The more apps you install on your phone, the more likely you are to inadvertently add ransomware or malware. It's simply a numbers game that we all willingly play, and it's important to understand how at risk your phone is.
What can you do, though?
There is an easy solution. Install only the apps you absolutely need to run your day-to-day operations. Then, consider the ones that are not necessary and choose, honestly, which programs you may uninstall. Keep to this list after you've made it. I haven't had a single issue with any of my Android phones since using this strategy a few years ago (and I've gone through a lot of them).
No, this strategy is not totally reliable. It is not. But I strongly advise you to heed this counsel if you want to offer yourself a competitive edge in this field. Giving up some of those apps you adore but hardly ever use could be difficult. You are capable of doing it. Take this strategy into account as you use your smartphone moving forward, whether it's an Android device, an iPhone, or something new, for the security of your data (and, very possibly, your money).