For many, using your Android smartphone, tablet, or device primarily means using it as a smarter cell phone. This means using it for texting, making or receiving calls, perhaps playing some games, sending and receiving emails, and reminding yourself about that dinner date. However, with all the technological advancements brought about to the mobile operating system, there pieces of information that you don’t want to be leaked into the Internet, or perhaps just to your friends and family. Nonetheless, keeping your device as secure as possible should always come as a primary thought, and it might even come first before texting and making calls. Read on to learn how to secure your device.
Learn to Secure Your Android Device
Step 1 – The first step to securing your Android device is to know where to go and what to tap. In this case, you need to head to your device’s security settings. In order to access them, first head on the Settings menu of your device by either pulling down the notifications shade and tapping on the cog icon (for most of Google’s mobile operating systems, even with a custom UI, it’s there), or you can head on to the app drawer instead to tap on the “Settings” shortcut.
Step 2 – No matter what route you’ve taken, you should now be in the Settings menu of your Android device. Just scroll down towards the Security menu item and tap on it. Do take note that there are some devices that have this entry to have a slightly different name. For instance, Samsung users would find it as “Lock screen and security.”
Step 3 – Stepping into the security portion of your device, you should be able to see new options that you can tweak. For starters, you can place a new screen unlock mechanism. The default choices are Swipe, Pattern, Pin, and Password; or if you’re feeling really brave, you can just choose “None.” The Swipe unlock feature doesn’t really offer much security as well. For the most part, it is just there so that you don’t accidentally tap on anything if your device gets mistakenly unlocked. Opt for the Pattern, PIN, and Password options if you want more secure offerings.
Step 4 – As mentioned earlier, technology has been very good for Android and there are some phones that now add a new level of security to the mix – fingerprint scanning. There are smartphones that now have built-in fingerprint scanners that allows the phone to be unlocked when you place your finger on the scanner. Any other person trying to unlock your phone will just ultimately be disappointed.
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