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Make your Android access settings more secure

A four-digit PIN is better than nothing, but it’s not the most secure method for unlocking your mobile device. On Android devices, you can use stronger settings, like complex patterns, sophisticated passwords or biometrics, including fingerprints and facial recognition. Set up a screen lock for your device, and the stronger it is, the better.

Safeguard your smartphone

Stay current with software updates by applying them as soon as they become available. Besides adding new features, updates also patch security weaknesses and fix other bugs that cybercriminals can exploit. Also definitely be sure to configure a passcode, along with other even more secure options such as a fingerprint or facial recognition scan, if […]

Only install mobile apps from reputable sources

Jailbreaking, installing apps from unknown sources, and other workarounds that allow free access to paid apps and games can be tempting, but can create large security gaps that allow malware to infect your phone, leaving your personal information at risk.

Use PINs and strong passwords on your mobile device

This is your first line of defense in the event of loss or theft. Set your phone to automatically lock after being idle and use a password manager to store all passwords. With just one master password, a computer can generate and retrieve all your other account passwords.

Set a screen timeout for your Android device

If unauthorized parties have access to your mobile device, even for a short amount of time, they could discover and exfiltrate a large amount of personal information. Never leave your Android device unattended and set up a screen timeout followed by immediate locking. You can change the timeout length under the Display menu for Settings, […]

Connect an Android phone to your Chromebook for streamlined security

Some Chromebooks support automatic pairing with Android phones. This combination makes it easy to share a data connection between the two devices and to sign in without having to type in a password. An on-device security application can help protect your Android handset or tablet from multiple threats. Total Defense Mobile Security shields against malware, […]