Android Security – How To Stay Safe With Your Mobile

Of all the nefarious ways in which we can fall victim to online crime, hacks are perhaps the most insidious. Most of us can see through an email scam telling us our long-lost relative in Africa has died leaving us millions in their will, but a clever hack can reach inside our phone and steal our data without us even knowing. And we all know this because companies selling anti-hacking software are always ready to highlight the most alarming statistics about the frequency of phone hacks with 10,000s of new malware programs created daily.

Whilst bad experiences with hacks can happen, the good news is that your trusty Android device already comes with a stack of very robust security features devised by Google’s own team to prevent you becoming the latest victim stat! Some of these features are already configured to best protect you. Those that aren’t require just a little tweak here and there – time well spent to put you in good shape to fend off the hackers.

Here is a rundown of some anti-hack actions you can take today to protect yourself.

1. Choosing Apps – Security, Integrity and Permissions

We all use apps and there is no getting around that. Most services we use online now have an app and there are millions available through the Google Play store. The vast majority that appear in there have no security issues associated with them, but occasionally one or two bad apples will sneak in.

To start with, most of us don’t spend much time reading about an app or looking at its providence before we download it. It’s worth revising this approach to ensure you don’t download a wrong un’! Just a few minutes looking at how many downloads an app has had, checking out the user reviews and which other apps the developer is responsible for gives you the chance to make your own mind up about whether you can trust it or not.

In particular, high risk products where you plan to spend money, like crypto exchanges, gaming or casino apps require more research. They should be properly licensed and have a reputable online brand behind them. In this case we recommend checking out the company website before downloading the app to check that it is trusted. In those industries where there is more…