Now the phone is just one of the functions of powerful portable devices that live in our bags and pockets. Smartphones replace our keys, wallets, cameras, photo albums, and a ton of other personal and work information that needs reliable protection. Fortunately, providing it is not as difficult as it might seem, and modern smartphones are already equipped with all the necessary tools. As part of our new material, we will tell you what should be paid attention to by all users and what Android security settings you must know about.
This will seem ridiculous to advanced users, but still, a lot of people simply turn off the lock, as something annoying and wasting precious seconds. However, this is the easiest and most effective way to protect data on your device and should not be ignored. On any smartphone, users can lock using a pin code or pattern. Modern devices are overwhelmingly equipped with fingerprint sensors that perfectly cope with their duties, there is no less convenient face unlocking, however, its reliability strongly depends on the smartphone manufacturer.
Unlocking any modern smartphone takes place almost instantly and does not require any complex data entry. To customize it according to your own preferences, go to Settings – Security and screen lock.
Show notifications on the locked screen
Sometimes an overly curious layman does not even need to unlock his smartphone to see something important, but this is because the user did not bother to hide personal information from the lock screen. Earlier, we have already analyzed in detail how to hide notifications or their content on the lock screen, so we will not dwell on this point in detail.
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Find My Device
Another option, which we talked about earlier and do not to get tired of repeating. To activate Find My Device, follow the path Settings – Google – Find a device and activate the switch. Recall that thanks to this option, you can make the phone beep even if the device is in silent mode, track its location on the map, display a message for the finder, or at least delete valuable data if there is no hope of returning the device. You can read more about this process in our earlier material.
Setting up Smart Lock
Although, as we noted above, unlocking a modern smartphone takes a split second, there are situations when you can turn it off without any harm to yourself and your data. To do this, in Settings – Security and screen lock, we find the Smart Lock item and select one or more scenarios when the smartphone will not be locked, for example, if it is in your hands (sensors record movement), if you are at home, where you do not need any who to hide (location is fixed) or a trusted device connected via Bluetooth is nearby (watch, headphones, your PC or laptop).
Google Play Protection
If so far we have been examining how to protect smartphones from outside influences, now it’s time to talk about what can destroy your smartphone from the inside – about malicious software.
The Google Play Protection tool checks all programs upon download and regularly checks the already installed software. It monitors programs that access a user’s personal data, potentially malicious programs downloaded from third-party sources, and helps to quickly remove them. The tool is located in the Settings – Security and screen lock section and by default it is active. You can disable Google Play Protect if you wish, but we do not recommend doing this.
All security settings of a Google account can be checked in one menu, to do this, go to Settings – Google – Manage your Google account – Security – Security check. All the tools here are conveniently sorted by topic and marked with appropriate icons, so it won’t be difficult to figure it out.
Check your passwords
Since we’ve gotten to this point, it makes sense to check the security of passwords as well. This can be done by way of settings – the Google – the Google Account Management – Security – Security check – Saved passwords. From here you can see how many passwords your android smartphone knows, whether they are all safe and whether you have any exposed passwords. Also here you can get recommendations on creating strong passwords and quickly replace weak ones.
In modern Android smartphones, the user can independently decide which permissions to issue to each specific application. And this one is convenient since you can control which data the program can access. It is enough for the user to understand what permission and what it is used for, for example, it is not necessary to block the navigator access to the location, and if the messenger is prohibited from using the microphone, you will not be able to send voice messages.
To see the current settings, go to Settings – Apps & notifications – App permissions.
Install all available updates and security patches on your device, get a password manager, remove personal information from screenshots, do not forget that you can protect your Google activity history, and check the security of passwords without leaving your Chrome browser. If you are interested in this topic, read also what we wrote about authentication earlier.
As you can see, to ensure the security of personal data, you do not need any money investments or any special tools, but only knowledge of a few simple settings of your smartphone. Do not forget to subscribe to TECMO on Telegram, so as not to miss other useful materials from the world of technology, and if you still have questions on the topic, ask them in the comments.
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