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Change your device name in Android

It’s possible that you set your Android device’s identifier to your own name when you first activated the phone. If that’s the case, it’s an unnecessarily easy-to-access piece of personal information that you share whenever you connect your smartphone wirelessly to a network or another device. Access the “About phone” page in Settings. Click “Phone […]

Use the Android “Smart cleaning” app for better performance and enhanced security

This built-in Android application can help you clear out old and unused apps as well as turn off those that are running in the background, including potential malware. Open the app and then press the “Optimize phone” button to stop currently operating apps and clear unnecessary data.

Transfer the Google Authenticator app to a new Android device

Nobody holds onto the same smartphone forever. If you use Google Authenticator and you need to transfer permissions to a new device, open your app on the old phone. Select the vertical ellipsis menu in the upper right corner, and then click “Transfer accounts.” Tap “Export accounts.” The app will generate a QR Code that […]

Use the Firefox Lockwise Android app for seamless security

Firefox’s built-in password manager, Lockwise, is useful for managing and using passwords in your browser, but it can be a bit cumbersome for websites accessed through a mobile email client or on a different device. For streamlined, automatically synced access to your passwords, download the dedicated Lockwise app and connect it to your Firefox account.

Adjust app permissions on Android to halt suspicious activity

Some apps can drain your battery quickly by running constantly in the background, while others might surreptitiously gather information. From the Settings menu, tap the “General” tab, then select “Apps & notifications.” Press the “App permissions” button and update the settings as needed.

Lost your phone? Find it on Google and sign it out

If your mobile phone is connected to your Google account and it becomes lost or stolen, you can remotely lock users out from accessing any of your personal data on Google from that device. From your main account page, open the Security tab. Then scroll down to “Your devices” and select “Find a lost device.” […]