Hello, my name is Chelsea, and I'm an Android user. As long as I'm putting it out there, I should also share that I have a penchant for Macs, Jamboxes and Smart Cameras.
Tech devices call to me like tailored suits to Kevin Spacey. These gadgets not only simplify my life, they make me look cooler and they give me an excuse to spend money. Everybody wins in this situation! Except, maybe, my bank account.
As much as I'm into the latest and greatest in the high-tech world, I've always been a little skeptical of new products that jump into the marketplace and get an instant cult following. Remember the MiniDisc? Yeah, me neither. I was suspicious of Android devices for the longest time because they cropped up and became insta-famous with the skinny jeans Lacoste-wearing Google Docs users of the world. But you know what? It turns out that Google Docs are really cool. And so are skinny jeans. And so is Android. Sorry Lacoste. So I gave up my hipster-phobia and jumped on the bandwagon, and life hasn't been the same since.
I could hail the advantages of the almighty Android for hours: usability, bigger screens, NFC, micro USB. If you don't know by now that Android rocks, perhaps you've been living under one. But there is a single potentially-fatal flaw in the whole Android idea: security. The open source system that makes this phone SO cool also makes it way more susceptible to viruses and malware. Much like the big problems with PC, the functionality that makes it so customizable is a big security risk and could potentially lead to its downfall. Fortunately, there are a few simple ways for users to ensure their Android security, even against the biggest threats.
Android Security Tips
- Do Your Research. Don't go hoarding apps like you're on an extreme digital hoarders reality show. Be selective. Every app is a potential door for someone to enter into your digital world. Read reviews before you download stuff, and be wary of new releases.
- Secure your Network. Use a free VPN service like Hotspot Shield to secure your data over WiFi connections. This will prevent shady characters from hijacking your stored information while you're brushing up on email and social media on-the-go.
- Lock your Phone. Duh. Many people think that their phone will never be stolen…but why take the chance?
- Back it Up. Physical catastrophes and viruses alike can destroy your data on any phone, and it's a good idea to install an app that will automatically store your information in a safe place in case of loss. We recommend Lookout, which also scans new apps for Android security weaknesses and has the ability to locate your phone remotely if it goes missing.
- Install Antivirus. We've been longtime fans of AVG, a program that will automatically scan any device in the background and nip those viruses in the bud. No complicated settings or thinking required.
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