Many people currently use Android devices to access the Internet. Mobile devices provide the convenience of quick access the Internet from practically any place. However, several Android users do not take Internet security into consideration and therefore put their personal information, as well as their devices, at risk.
Below are some security steps users can take to maintain their Internet security while using their Android device.
Install an Antivirus application
Antivirus software can work to protect mobile devices in several ways. It will run scans on the other applications that have been downloaded to ensure that none contain viruses or malware. It will also scan future application downloads as well any files that the user may download onto their device. Most antivirus apps will automatically keep themselves updated and will run scheduled scans to ensure the user’s utmost security.
Several antivirus applications provide additional security features:
- Safe browsing will protect users by blocking unsafe URLs that can steal a user’s private information like logins and passwords.
- Data backup prevents users from losing important information in the even that their device is damaged, stolen or otherwise inaccessible. Data, including contact information, photos and text messages, is regularly backed-up so the most recent backup is current.
- Theft protection features provide users with peace of mind in the event their device is lost or stolen. Because these devices contain a lot of personal data, theft can be devastating. Many antivirus applications will allow users to remotely lock their devices or to completely wipe all the data from the device. Users can even track their location of their devices with GPS software.
Do not leave Wireless Access on at all times
Many users use wireless access features on their smartphones while at home. Doing so allows them to access the Internet without incurring data charges. Tablet devices require wireless access to be on to access the Internet. Many people leave this wireless feature on at all times while carrying their devices around with them.
Leaving the device’s wireless connection open can cause problems for users. They may inadvertently connect to a wireless connection created by a hacker and unknowingly provide that hacker with their personal information. Users are strongly advised to leave their wireless connections off when they are not using the Internet.
Use a VPN when using Wi-Fi Hotspots
Wi-Fi hotspots are convenient and plentiful. Users can connect to the Internet easily from many places such as cafés, hotels, and airports. However, those connections are not secure and data is easily intercepted by hackers. By using a VPN (virtual private network), users can protect their data. All data that is sent to and from their devices will be encrypted and transmitted through secure tunnels. This way, data is harder to intercept, and, if intercepted, is useless to the hacker.
Users who choose to forego using a UK VPN should be very cautious when using Wi-Fi hotspots. Accessing sites such as online banking accounts, or entering important information like credit card numbers, should be avoided on unsecured connections.