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Don’t sideload apps on Android

Depending on the device and OS version, it may be possible to sideload apps in Android. This simply means installing an app without going through an official app store. Sideloading can be dangerous since the app in question isn’t automatically vetted for security flaws or updated with the latest patches and fixes.

Set important applications and updates to be installed automatically

Updates are integral to keeping all networked software secure. You can ensure updates are installed automatically, which is in fact the default for apps on Android and iOS, or schedule a big installation – like an OS update – in advance. These options are better and safer than having to apply updates manually.

Screen calls to your mobile device

If you’re overwhelmed by the volume of risky calls to your number, one measure worth considering is call screening. This functionality is available through some third-party services and is built into many Android devices via the Phone and Google Assistant apps. It will force each caller to work through a prompt before being allowed to […]

Is your Android AV software putting you at risk?

Android is the world’s most popular consumer operating system, powering billions of phones, tablets and other internet-connected devices. Since its earliest days, though, the OS has had a reputation for being less secure than its primary competitor, Apple iOS. The main reasons behind this perception have included the extensive permissions in the Android API that […]

Encrypt your Android device with a passcode

Android has never had the same reputation for security as iOS or desktop operating systems. That doesn’t mean it lacks useful protections, though. On most devices, you can first set up a PIN and then go to Security -> Settings and enable the Encrypt Phone option. Note that initial encryption can take a while and […]

Avoid unofficial app sources on Android

Android devices provide considerable flexibility in how you download software. In addition to official stores run by Google and OEMs like Samsung, there are third-party storefronts offering many apps that never underwent any security screening. Stick to the main options to avoid installing compromised apps.