Android smartphones have over the years become an effective and efficient tool to people is managing their daily activities, ranging from taking notes, recording audio or video, taking selfie, surfing the web, looking up dictionary, etc. With the numerous features and flexibility it offers, it has the risk of contracting viruses and malwares.
Apart from loss of data a malware could cause, it can also compromise on your privacy. As an Android user, you need to be careful not to fall prey to the hurting claws of viruses. In other words, everyone needs to follow some steps—though not rigid—that would help usability and lifespan of an android phone without compromising. Below are 7 ways to avoid android viruses and malware problems:
1. Ensure your android OS software is up-to-date:
Viruses and malwares are of types and different strengths. Each android operating system software update comes with new features that allow a better chance to fight against viruses. This means the higher the operating system (OS) update, the higher its fighting chance against viruses and malwares. An android user should try to always update to the latest OS.
2. Use Antivirus software:
Antivirus(s) aren't bad after all because they scan and warn. No matter how inconvenient using antivirus software can be, they help protect an Android phone from virus and malware. Some antivirus comes with pop-up notifications that alert a user of malware or suspected malware-attached activity. Another advantage of an antivirus is, they can help find a missing phone.
Yes! Antivirus software(s) may not totally rid a virus, but they help to an extent—especially, depending on the type of antivirus a user is utilizing.
3. Look before you tap:
This is directed to both when a user is online internet and off. One must be sure before accepting or tapping affirmation to an install request. Some viruses come in form of android apps; some others come through Bluetooth etc.
4. Disable 'Unknown sources’ app installation:
An android phone user should make sure that application installation from 'unknown sources' is disabled. This helps to restrict applications that are illegal, unlawful or of unknown sources from coming into the phone. This can easily be done from an Android's device administration, which is in security settings.
5. Understand applications permissions:
Application permission always comes right before an app is installed. A user should always expand permission contents to view all, to know which application is requesting access to a particular area of the phone. Reading through the permission allows the user share or not share information with an app.
6. Always lock your phone:
The use of passwords most times is to introduce restrictions. Children, even some adults could ignorantly give malware access. The use of 'parental control' could also come in handy. Password helps a lot.
7. Avoid connecting your phone to unsecured wireless networks:
Unsecured networks could mean open party for Android users, where viruses are souvenirs. One should be careful in diving on an open wireless network to stay safe from viruses, malwares and hackers.
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Nothing lasts forever. But manuals are made for a reason. These are nitechbuzz's steps to help you enjoy your android phone. Wish you all the best.
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