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It would be poor of us to talk about the ways by which you can beef up your Android security without mentioning the things that Google has done for the operating system already.

Right from the days of their Android 1.5 Cupcake to the unnamed Android 10 we have around today, Google’s Android has grown a lot. They have also done a lot to ensure their users are kept as safe as possible against the cyber threats as they are piling up.

Some of the laudable moves in that direction are:

Improved App Permissions

There was a time when downloading an app meant that you had to accept all the permissions which it brought with it. This allowed many app developers to abuse their power, granting their apps permissions into parts of the phone where it had no business.

All that changed with the Android 6 Marshmallow. Now, you can ensure that the Android game doesn’t have access to your photos, or a camera app wanting to access your location information at all times.

Sideloading Apps

Android is tweaked to prevent you from downloading applications from outside the Play Store. This is not because Google gets something out of you downloading from the official store – but to keep you safe.

Apps in the store have been checked and vetted for malware and other malicious codes before they were published. When you sideload apps, no higher authority has checked these apps for you – so you are at risk of being hacked with those apps.

Security Fixes

Some years ago, Google started packaging and sending out monthly security updates to Android devices.

This means that they have developers working around-the-clock to see what parts of the Android software could be exploited – and they fix that.

Every month, this comprehensive fix is sent out. That beats having to wait for something to go wrong before it is set. It is also a laudable move from the company, which shows that the consumers are never forgotten – even after purchase.

Better Security

To improve the security model of the Android device, Google began to design and develop the OS with support for biometrics. This became widespread with the Android 6 Marshmallow – and they have only refined things since then.

Android phones were the first to come with a fingerprint sensor, and we are seeing that on a lot of units today.

Where You Step In

For all that Google does for you out-of-the-box, you still have to step in to make the device safer. What the OS brings is enough to get you started, but that might not be substantial to keep you going.
To begin with, ensure you have set strong and secure passwords to your device and other accounts on it too. Never use the same password for more than one account, either. Finally, get a password manager to keep all those unique passwords safe.

Speaking of security apps, antivirus software is another one that comes to mind. The name explains it already, so we won’t spend more than the necessary time on that.

Don’t forget to download a VPN tweaked for Android devices too. This ensures more reliable internet security when browsing the web, better browser security, and improved privacy.  Even if you were on a public Wi-Fi network, layering your connection over a trusted VPN will keep you safe from the usual dangers of such a system.

Don't forget always to update your device when the notification comes on too.
Google, and your OEM, can only do so much to send the updates your way. It is left to you to download and install them. The same goes for applications and their updates too.

No matter what you do, never sideload apps. Not for the love of getting game cheats, downloading an app not in your region, or anything at all. If you didn't find it on the Play Store, it would be best to do without it.

Finally, never connect your Android unit to untrusted computers. After all, you run the risk of getting malware installed on your phone this way.



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