10 Ways To Secure Your Android And Avoid Getting Hacked In 2019

Pappi Hex

The Android operating system is the most widely OS in the mobile world and also more popular than any desktop operating system. There are billions of Android device users in the world, and due to it's huge popularity, they have become prime targets to hackers, malware creators and cybercriminals.

Android is a beautiful operating system that give its users wide privileges that aren't on Apple's iPhone. However, when it comes to get your device compromised, an Android user stand more chances of getting hacked compared to an iOS user.

There are several ways users of the Android operating system can get hacked, and three of the most common ways could be; as a result of the users carelessness, could be from the manufacturer of the device, or from third-party apps.

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While hacks that come as a result from the device manufacturer isn't that common, though we hear of it once in a while, we will focus on tips that has to do with user carelessness and third-party apps.

In case you are wondering what could happen when your Android device gets compromised. Here are a few:
  • Once your device gets compromise, a hacker could be spying on you
  • Your data could be stolen and traded online on underground sites
  • Your identity could be stolen
  • The stolen data from your device could used to create a fake profile of you which might be used in performing some fraud transactions that will end sending the cops looking for you.
  • Your bank statements, passwords and even your funds could be stolen when you Android device gets compromised.
Now that we're done with the dangers, lets look at the ways to avoid getting hacked.

Steps to Secure Your Android Device From Hackers

1. Make use of Android Built-in security system:
 The first thing to do when you get an Android device is to security up its security system in case things go wrong. There are several options for you from PIN, Password, Pattern, Finger print and Face unlock. Always remember to use combinations that aren't easy to guess.

2. Always keep your device software up to date:
Ensure to always keep your device software up to date with the latest software upgrade from your device manufacturer. The reason why you have to always keep your Android device update is for you to be able to receive the latest security patch and new features that will enhance your device security.

3. Stick to the Google Play Store:
 There are billions of Android applications roaming the web, most of whom pose a risk to your privacy and security. The only way to avoid getting your device compromised is by sticking to apps on the official Android store .... Google Play Store. Though, even the Google Play Store has its own lapses.

4. Always use a VPN whenever you are online:
The best way to secure your data and device is to get the service of a trusted virtual private network (VPN) for online security. A VPN protects your online connection by encrypting and routing your connection via secure severs to mask you in the eyes of hackers, your ISP and other form of cooperate snoopers.

There are several VPN service out there and trust me, their service varies. Some suffer from DNS leak, while others expose the users real IP address, etc which kills the actual aim of a VPN. Click here for more information for top VPN services exposing users data. Click here for Ivacy VPN which offers a trusted service.
5. Don't root your Android if you don't know how it works!!!
Giving your Android device root access has so many advantage and as well as disadvantages. Infact, the whole advantage would mean nothing when your device gets hacked because of it's root access. Root access grants you the ability to tweak your Android device into whatever form or stuff that you and does the hacker that is waiting by the corner!

6. Avoid opening unknown links. If you must open them, use......:
 Avoid clicking or opening unknown links that might pop up when you browse or those that might show up in your mail. However, if you must visits any of these links, simple copy the link(s), open and connect your VPN app, and then open the link(s) in incognito mode in your browser.

7. Use public/ Free WiFi if ............:
 Public WiFi are hubs for hackers and cybercriminals. If you must use any public WiFi, get a VPN service before connecting to it. This will protect your data while you are on the network. 

8. Use Two-Factor authentication:
Always ensure to use 2Factor authentication on your online services (if available) and as well on your Android. If this is enabled and eventually your Android gets compromised, the password or PIN alone won't be able grant the person access to your account as additional security verification will be needed for the access.

9. Occasional delete browser history and cache:
Once in a while, ensure to clear the stored cookies and cache in your  browser. This makes it hard for the hacker to monitor your behaviour.

10. Avoid saving your password in browser:
The aim of saving our logins in web browsers is for our convenience and to enable us have easy access to those online service that we regularly visit without having to input our passwords each time.

However, if our phone fall into the wrong hands, the person can easily go to our phones settings and get all the logins and the use it for whatever purpose that he or she has in mind. Instead, use a trusted password manager for your passwords.

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