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By Damilola Faustino

Android is one of the most popular phone operating systems used today because it is quite affordable. Without any doubt, Android devices are pretty secured but anything connected to a network is no longer one hundred percent secure. This means the onus is on the end user to work with that device intelligently. Otherwise, you run the risk of being hacked. As such, we share some dos and don’ts for securing your Android phone:

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Do use strong passwords

Make your password (PIN or pattern) as complicated as you can handle. The more complicated your password, the harder it will be for others to get to your data.

Do activate two-factor authentication for everything possible

Nearly every huge platform like Google, Facebook, Amazon allow you to use the two-factor authentication. It is only left for you to activate it. Activating it will make it extremely difficult for your data to be stolen.

Do use a password manager

You shouldn’t allow any apps to save your password for you unless the app is designed specifically for saving passwords. The last thing you want to do is have all your passwords cached on your mobile device. If you lose it (or it gets stolen), all those passwords are there for the taking. Instead of saving the passwords, use a reliable password manager to save them.

Don’t skip the updates

Apps update are there for fun. There made available to fix security issues. If you don’t bother to update those apps, you may expose yourself to unauthorised access to your device. You should always update your apps.

Don’t use open Wi-Fi networks

No matter where you find yourself, you should not use an open Wi-Fi network because it is readily available. If you do, you will be transmitting sensitive information to an unknown contact.

Don’t install apps from a third party

You may be tempted to install that really cool sounding Android app from a third party. Don’t. You never know whether that app might contain a dangerous piece of malware that could steal your sensitive information. Limit yourself to only installing from the Google Play Store. And this does not mean you should ignore reviews.

Read also: 5 Signs Your Device Has Been Hacked

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