Mobile devices have become the primary means we use to interact with our employers, our customers, our family, and friends. In Pakistan, proper use of technology is not very conjoint. Many Pakistani are not even aware of modern technology, its advancement and influence on routine life. Regarding mobile almost 17 percent of mobiles users in Pakistan using a smartphone and don’t know anything about its security.
Here in this post we’re going to be talking about Android or smartphone security. Top tips are mentioned below for avoiding data leakage and doing everything possible to protect yourself against threats like identity theft, hacked accounts and your contact list being spammed complained by many Pakistani smartphone users.
100% secure doesn’t exist
Difficult to avoid security exploits can range from provider backdoors to exploits affecting firmware. Companies like Q mobile, Haier, President or club mobiles only launch low budget smartphones which although making use of smartphones common but many Pakistani users cannot find proper solution of issue they are facing regarding data security. Realistically, these issues aren’t going to be something the casual users are able to protect themselves against.
- Restricting data access
Spend some time in your Android device’s data usage area. All Android devices have access to this feature, and I suggest getting to know it better. Right away, you’re going to notice the biggest data users on your device. This is also the area where you can click onto a specific app and only allow it Internet access when connected to WiFi.
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My recommendation is doing this with the apps that will never need to connect to the Internet when not at home. This includes file managers and apps that you would never think to connect to the Internet in the first place. While it doesn’t prevent malware or data leaks specifically, this practice can help you to troubleshoot potentially bad apps.
- Restricting application installation
Commonly it is said that every single application on the Google Play Store is well vetted. The truth is that isn’t true. This means it’s easier to get applications with more features than you might find on other platforms, but it also means you need to be careful about what you’re installing.
- Security software
There was a time when the idea of running anti-malware software on your Android device might have seemed unnecessary. And even in 2015, there are Android users who may still feel this way. Personally, I happen to be in the “better safe than sorry” camp. The software I’ve had the most success with is called Lookout. Using Lookout has proven to be low on resource usage and big on making sure my installed applications aren’t doing anything nefarious.
- Got root?
The last security tip I want to share is about rooting your phone. On the surface, rooting your Android phone has a lot of benefits. You can remove pre-installed bloatware, install applications that only work when a device is rooted, plus be in full control of the device to its core. It’s a powerful experience, no question about it. The downside of running as root is that any layer of protection from Android has been removed. This is a root device – if a code is executed, it’s going to run. Period.
A rooted phone can allow you to install a strong software firewall – one that works reliably with 4g LTE and WiFi. You’re also free to install ad blockers and make advanced changes to better secure your phone from web threats. But before even considering rooting your phone, make sure you have a plan B if something goes wrong.
The trend of smartphone usage is getting greater day by day. Many companies launching low-cost smartphones to make it available for every Pakistani. Users of branded handsets also exist in Pakistan. Usage of internet through smartphones highly provoked cellular networks in Pakistan and launch of 3G and 4G internet technology is its proof. What comes next after buying a smartphone and using it? It is obviously data security that every smartphone user want. Above mentioned tips will help many people resolving their issues but still this issue must be highlighted publically. How people can secure their android and smartphones.
In my point of view display of technology its features publically is very important and plays a vital role in informing people about data security. This act can be done through exhibitions events and public launches.
Companies should literate their marketers so that they can help any consumer regarding smartphone issues or security.
Proper training programs must be introduced so that people can take an interest in technology and its enhancements but enjoying proper smartphone usage and any data insecurity.