This is how you prevent a hacked phone

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Android phones are not dangerous, but you have to be careful. With these Android tips you can secure a smartphone.

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Android tips for a secure phone

There is a good chance that your smartphone is full of sensitive data. From the banking app, private conversations to mountains of photos you’d rather keep to yourself. So it is wise to protect the device in the best way possible.

But, where do you start? In this edition of Android tips, we show you how to get started with phone security easily and quickly.

1. Update

You’ve probably heard it before, but it’s worth repeating: install updates ASAP! They ensure that (critical) security errors are resolved and that you are as protected as possible against malicious parties.

Security updates are especially important. Google releases these patches every month. The ball is then in the court of the manufacturers: they are responsible for issuing the updates.

One does this better than the other. For example, Samsung and Google have excellent reputations when it comes to updates, while OnePlus and Motorola often lag behind.

2. Recognize fake apps

Also very important: know what you are taking. Most of the apps in the Play Store are very safe, but some programs are malicious. This is almost inevitable, because hundreds to thousands of new apps are added every day. Unfortunately, there are always bad apples among them.

Google does a lot to reject fake apps at the front door, but it’s wise to be vigilant yourself. First, always pay attention to the name of the app. For example, fake versions of WhatsApp pose as “WhatsApp Messenger” or “Update WhatsApp Messenger”.

It is also useful to read the reviews of apps and check the developer. In the article below we list even more tips to recognize dangerous apps.

Read more: Tips to spot dangerous fake apps in the Play Store

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3. Watch out for vague messages

Apps need all sorts of permissions to work properly. For example, WhatsApp wants access to your contact list, while the Phone app without a microphone doesn’t work.

But, sometimes apps ask for unnecessary permissions. When a flashlight app wants to access your messages or a news app asks for camera permission, it can be bad.

As you give apps permission, they can access this data. This increases the risk of this data ending up on the road. After all, you don’t want to share sensitive data, like your contact list or messages, with just anyone.

4. Secure passwords anywhere

Most people use one password to log into apps and websites, with variations here and there. This is not secure so it is wise to take passwords seriously.

But how? Very simple: use a password manager. Such a service not only invents strong and unique passwords, but also remembers them. From now on you only need to create one password. This master password provides access to the vault containing all passwords.

Great password apps for Android are Bitwarden, 1Password 8, and Keeper. Once you’ve chosen a good app, it’s time to secure your online accounts. The article below will help you on your way.

Read more: Secure password everywhere in one afternoon: here’s how

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5. Log in more securely

Finally, it is important to allow two-step verification where possible. Here you put an extra layer of security on the login.

If you want to log into an app or website from now on, you will not only need a username and password, but also a unique security code. This code expires in a certain time and is sent to your phone (and possibly desktop).

In the article below, we explain exactly how two-step verification works and how to get started.

Also interesting: With an authenticator app you log in more securely: these are our favourites

More Android tips

Looking for more Android tips? Every Saturday morning we note down useful tricks to get a little more out of your phone. The last edition, for example, was about switching easily from iOS to Android, but we also talked about blocking ads and what you can do with an old phone.

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