5 Steps to Secure your Android Phone – Privacy on your Android

Privacy on Android
5 Steps to Secure your Android Phone – Privacy on your Android

No one wants to leak his or her privacy with their smartphone or Google mobile operating system. Here are the five steps to follow for your Privacy and peace of mind.

5 Steps to Secure your Android Phone

Step 1-Disable your location and Apps permissions

Location and Permission for Android
Disable your location and Apps permissions

Go the Settings> Tap Apps > App Permissions

Disable permissions to the apps you are not comfortable with

You may get the error message as a result, but none of these options should be able to stop an app completely.

Tap Apps then pick the app you want to check. A Permissions link is available halfway down that shows which bits of your system the app is able to access.

Step 2-Disable from the Google Now App

Privacy on Android
Disable from the Google Now App

Tap the menu button> tap Settings, >set limits on the amount of data Google is able to collect about you and your smartphone use be it your location or search history

For your data privacy go to Accounts and privacy and Google activity controls options. It’s possible to disable different types of activity tracking voice searches, and YouTube videos, as well as delete any activities logged in the past.

Step 3- Go out of Ads

Go out of Ads
Go out of Ads

If you choose Google from the Settings app inside Android, you get additional options for managing your privacy.

You can tap Personal info and privacy then Your personal info to change the details that Google stores about you.

Tap Ads and there’s an option marked Opt out of interest-based ads. This means the ads you see inside Android will be less well-targeted. You can reset your “advertising ID” from the same screen. Again, within these screens, there are further links to the relevant privacy controls on the web inside your Google Account.

Step 4- Manage Chrome and the web

Manage Chrome and the web
Manage Chrome and the web

Chrome for Android comes with its own set of privacy settings. Tap the menu button; the three vertical dots in the app and choose Settings then Privacy to access them.

Activate the browser’s Do Not Track request option, and clear out cookies and other cached data from Chrome’s memory.

Go back out to the previous screen and tap Site settings to configure permissions like location, cookies and camera access on a site-by-site basis. There’s incognito mode too, which means Chrome doesn’t keep track of your browsing but it does recognise you when you log in with your credentials

Step 5- Keep installed Apps down to a minimum

Privacy on Android

Android apps like Facebook, have privacy and security settings of their own. The best way is to try and keep installed apps down to a minimum if you’re worried about overreaching data collection. Also for your Android phone a screen lock code is a must for any external snoopers.

With all these five simple to-do steps, you will certainly not worry about your privacy being leaked and you can just relax and enjoy your phone.

Remember to Update Software Regularly

Keeping your Android operating system and apps up to date is crucial for maintaining the security and privacy of your device. Regular updates not only bring new features and improvements but also include essential security patches that protect against potential vulnerabilities.

Here are some reasons why updating your software regularly is important:

  1. Security Enhancements: Software updates often address security vulnerabilities and weaknesses that hackers and cybercriminals could exploit. By keeping your Android OS and apps up to date, you ensure that you have the latest security measures in place, making it harder for malicious actors to gain unauthorized access to your device or data.
  2. Bug Fixes: Updates also include bug fixes that improve the stability and performance of your apps and system. Fixing these issues can prevent app crashes and unexpected behavior, ensuring a smooth user experience.
  3. New Features and Functionality: Updates can introduce exciting new features and functionalities to your apps and operating system, enhancing the overall user experience and productivity.
  4. App Compatibility: As Android OS evolves, app developers often update their apps to ensure compatibility with the latest system version. Keeping your apps up to date ensures that you can access the latest features and improvements offered by developers.

To update your Android device and apps:

  1. OS Updates: Go to your device’s Settings, then scroll down to “System” or “About Phone,” and select “System Updates.” If there is an available update, follow the on-screen instructions to download and install it.
  2. App Updates: Open the Google Play Store app, tap on the three horizontal lines in the top-left corner, and select “My apps & games.” Here, you will see a list of apps with available updates. Tap “Update All” or update individual apps as needed.

Remember, updating your Android software is essential for maintaining the security and privacy of your device.

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Kamal Kaur