Securing Your Android device

    Your Android device

    Securing your Android device is important if you want to keep your personal data safe. There are a few different things you can do to secure your device, and making sure your mobile apps are secure is one of them. When making Android apps, reputable companies design them to be sandboxed, meaning each app is isolated from the others. This helps to prevent one app from being able to access another app’s data. 


    That being said, there are some cases where an app may be able to access another app’s data. For example, if an app has permission to access the internet, it could potentially send data back to a malicious server. 

    With nearly 84 percent of the world’s population now owning a smartphone, and our dependence on them growing all the time, these devices have become an attractive avenue for scammers. Last year alone, cybersecurity company Kaspersky detected nearly 3.5 million malicious attacks on mobile phone users. This includes everything from phishing scams, where criminals try to trick you into giving them your personal information, to malware that can hijack your phone and give attackers access to your data.

    To prevent this from happening, you should only install apps from trusted sources, such as the Google Play Store. In addition, you should also keep your device updated with the latest security patches. By taking these simple steps, you can help to keep your Android device secure.

    Outside of only downloading apps from reputable sources, here are some other ways to keep you and your Android device safe from intrusion and secure in the face of cybercrimes like identity theft.

    How secure is Android OS?

    Android OS is a Linux-based operating system for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers. Android is developed by Google and the Open Handset Alliance, and it is available under the Apache License. 

    Android has been the world’s most popular mobile operating system since 2013, and it runs on over two billion active devices. One of the key attractions of Android is its openness: unlike Apple’s iOS, Android is not locked down, and users are free to install apps from any source they choose. 

    This flexibility comes at a cost, however, as Android is often targeted by malware authors. In addition to this, the platform’s fragmentation – with many device manufacturers each releasing their own customised version of Android – can make it difficult to deliver security updates in a timely manner. 

    As a result, Android devices are generally considered to be less secure than iOS devices. Nevertheless, there are steps that users can take to improve the security of their Android devices, such as installing a reputable mobile security app and keeping their phone software and operating system up to date.

    Practice Good Firmware Security

    Firmware is the software that runs on a device’s hardware, and it is typically stored in read-only memory. This makes it difficult to update or patch, which can leave vulnerabilities open to exploitation. 

    To help keep your Android device secure, it is important to practice good firmware security. This includes keeping your device up-to-date with the latest security patches, using only trusted sources for firmware updates, and using a reputable security app to scan for vulnerable firmware.

    It’s also important to note that whilst tech manufacturers and product developers are focusing more on firmware advancements and more routine updates for newer phone, laptop, and tablet models, even the most advanced firmware can experience vulnerabilities. Practicing digital literacy and being generally cautious about the links you click on online, and the additional devices that you may connect to (like USB sticks), will help you and your device stay secure against the threat of cyberattacks. 

    Protect Your Data At Rest

    Data at rest is data that is not currently being used or accessed. Generally speaking, data at rest refers to stored data, but it can also refer to backup data that is not currently in use but is available if needed, such as cloud-based backups. While data at rest is not actively being used, it is still susceptible to security threats.

    As more and more of our lives move online, it’s important to take steps to protect our data, including personal and device data as well as financial data like credit card numbers and recent transactions. One way to do this is to encrypt our devices so that even if they fall into the wrong hands, our information will be safe. Android offers a built-in encryption feature that can be enabled by going to Settings > Security > Encrypt Device. (Ambien)  

    When you encrypt your device, all of your data will be converted into unreadable code that only someone with your encryption key can access. This means that if your device is lost or stolen, your data will be safe from prying eyes.

    Encrypt Data In Transit

    When you use your Android device, a lot of sensitive data is transmitted between your device and the servers of the companies that you have created digital accounts with. This data includes everything from login credentials and credit card numbers to the contents of your emails and messages.

    Unfortunately, this data is often not encrypted, meaning that it can be intercepted by hackers. To protect your data, it’s important to encrypt it before it’s transmitted. The easiest way to do this is to use a VPN (a virtual private network). A VPN encrypts all of the data that’s transmitted between your device and the VPN server, making it impossible for hackers to intercept and read your data. 

    You can download mobile VPNs for devices like mobile phones and tablets to help keep your roaming internet connection as secure as your home wireless network connection. If your home network connection isn’t already fitted with a VPN, we highly recommend taking steps to do so, as hackers can potentially do a lot of damage simply with access to your IP address.

    Although Android is generally considered to be less secure than Apple, the reason for this is that Android devices do provide users with a bit more autonomy to implement network and device security measures that work best for them. Be sure to use all of the security strategies, resources, and affordances that are available to you as an Android user in order to enjoy using your device for the full length of that device’s usable life.


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