As tech giants continue to raise the bar when it comes to the security of your smartphone, fraudsters are looking for new ways to access your information. To help users stay safe from these cyber criminals, there are several apps and tools available online that can make your smartphone secure.
Android Smartphones also come with a number of settings that you can change to protect the device from fraudsters. To help you, here are 5 settings that you can change to make it secure on an Android smartphone.
Enable Screen pinning
Screen pinning lets you lock the screen of your smartphone into a single app. The feature was launched by Google in 2014 The feature does not allow users to change or close the app on the screen before authentication with a password or fingerprint. The screen pinning feature can be quite helpful whenever you show a picture to a friend or flex the high score of a game created on your smartphone. It is worth noting that the feature is unavailable if the gesture is turned on. You can find the feature by going to Settings> Password & Security> System Security> Screen Pinning.
Change app permissions
In order to perform certain functions, apps require your permission to access sensitive details. Most of the time these permissions are related to Bluetooth, contacts, camera, microphone and location. Since apps cannot function properly without permission, most provide access to sensitive information to access app features. Some apps aren’t often used but they can still tap into your sensitive details because you’ve given them permission. To change the app permissions of a specific app, you can go to Settings> Apps & Notifications> Tap on the app to view and change your permissions.
Turn on Google Play Protect
Google Play Protect checks when you install apps. It scans your device periodically. If it detects a potentially malicious app, it may disable the app until you uninstall it or send you a notification to suggest removing the app. In severe cases, it automatically removes the app. In most cases, if a malicious app is detected, you will receive a notification that the app has been removed. Google Play Protect is enabled by default on every Android smartphone but if it is disabled by mistake, you can turn it on by going to Settings> Password & Security> System Security> Google Play Protect.
Enable Find my device Features
Google offers the Find My Device feature on every Android device, including phones, tablets and Wear OS smartwatches. The feature lets you track, lock or delete your device if it is stolen or lost. The feature can help you recover your device or in worst case, it can help you delete all data so that it does not fall into the wrong hands. The feature gives you a backup plan to keep your device and data safe in case of unforeseen circumstances. You need to have the location of your device to use this feature.
Limit the content visible on the lock screen
With the launch of Android 5.0, Google has added a feature that allows users to interact with notifications directly from the lock screen. While the feature is quite useful and many users find it convenient, it can also be a huge privacy concern. If you enable this feature, anyone can still communicate with sensitive messages and other notifications while your smartphone is locked. To hide sensitive information from your lock screen, you can go to Settings> Apps & Notifications> Notifications and turn off the “Sensitive Notifications” toggle.