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We tend to store a lot of important information on our phones, such as photos, contacts, locations, bank accounts details etc. If these details get into the wrong hands, our lives could be ruined, because there are many hackers and scrupulous people who want to get rich off our backs, or they just want to harm us. In this article, we’ll teach you how you can protect your Android device.

Set A PIN, Password Or Use A Swipe Gesture

Unfortunately, there are 34 percent of all Android users who don’t take minimum safety measures, and by not making use of the basic lockscreen feature, they make things very easy for thieves who steal their phones to gain access to all info. They will view all your pictures and maybe blackmail you will those private ones, they will know your friends’ numbers and transfer money from your bank account. Avoid these unpleasant situations by enabling a lockscreen PIN in Settings > Security > Screen Lock or use other lockscreen protection alternatives (LG’s knock code).

Choose A Complicated Password

Weak passwords can be easily cracked, so it’s recommendable to use a mix of numbers, special characters and cases, having in total from 8 to 16 characters. You data will be safer this way, but you shouldn’t use the same password for all accounts or applications. However, there are some applications (oneSafe, mSecure, LastPass etc.) that provide two factor authentication, multi-device support etc.

Device Encryption

If skilled hackers still manage to crack your passwords, there’s a way to protect your files. Use device encryption to convert your files into a format that will need to be decrypted in order to be understood. If the hacker won’t have a password of key, he won’t have access to your files. You can encrypt your files by going to Settings > Security menu and you’ll see that this feature will protect data on your microSD card as well.

Virtual Private Networks

Hackers can also track what you’re downloading from the internet and they will learn more about your behavior. It’s indicated to use a VPN, which will divert traffic through a different server, so you won’t communicate directly with the website from where you want to download content.

Use An Anti-virus Application

By convincing you to install a malicious application on your device, hackers will use their own creations to get their hands on the data you’ve saved on your phone. There are many anti-virus applications that will prevent malware from infecting your device, and we recommend you to get those with features such as remote phone locking and wiping.