Thus, if you are an owner of a smartphone, which you bravely use while travelling or moving around on the street, there are some steps, which you should take to ensure data protection for your device and also to track and manage the phone, once it’s lost or gone. The wireless industry, on the other hand, is constantly working to confront phone theft episodes. So, here are few security tips, if you own an Android phone that can help in securing the data on your phone, if not the entire device!
Preventing data theft and hacking on your Android phone
The ways in which you can prevent data theft and hacking on your Android phone are:
· Lock code which can entail any PIN from four to 17 digits in the form of a password can help. Make sure you use a combination of numbers, letters and special characters to make it difficult for anyone to track your password. But, this doesn’t end here as finger smudges on the display can help hacker in deciphering the unlock pattern, so develop a habit of wiping your phone’s screen often. The newer phones boast an improved feature, like the fingerprint scanner on the HTC One Max.
· The Lock screen features like freedom to access missed calls and a preview of text messages you missed might seem great. But, try disabling this by going to the Security page in the Settings menu.
· The Device Manager on Android is similar to ‘Find My iPhone app’ that gives you your phone’s access even after it’s stolen. You must always keep this feature activated by going to the Settings Menu on Google and choosing the option Android Device Manager there. You need to check boxes reading ‘locking’, ‘remotely locating’ and ‘phone resetting’ here.
For locating a device that has lost, first sign in to Android Device Manager Website, which requires your Google ID and password. The list displaying all devices on your account will appear, clicking on each device will help you find its location on Google Maps. The device must be connected to a public Wi-Fi or a cellular network for this feature to work and to help you locate it.
You can next lock your phone by changing the lock mode or can set the phone to ring on its full volume nonstop for 5 minutes, or you can also choose to erase everything on your handset. Android however does not have versions of Activation Lock, but you can easily find such features with third-party apps.
The final word
Like iOS, you cannot track a handset that is offline or switched off. Even if you send commands during this time, they are carried only when the phone reconnects. Also, when choosing to wipe off completely, tracking the device gets impossible. However, if somebody tries to swap the SIM card, you can detect your phone. Also, wiping microSD cards remotely is not possible; it’s available only for the internal memory of your phone. So, just be careful on what your phone’s memory card contains.
The good and bad
Android’s protection features are easy to use and attractive and the lock code option is great and missing on its competitors. However, adding onscreen messages and a mobile app, can make Android Device Manager pretty more equipped and more useful as well. Google needs to do something similar to the Activation Lock on Apple to make Android devices more protected and theft-protected and dataloss-proof.
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