Once upon a time, PC users were the only ones who had to worry about being hacked, getting infected with malware, and anything in between.
But, nowadays, nothing is safe. Smartphones, tablets, laptops, everything is in danger. Maybe even more than desktops as mobile devices can also get stolen.
Let’s go through a small tutorial which will help you protect your Android and Windows devices.
How to Protect Android/iOS Devices
All in all, here are the steps that you need to follow to protect Android/iOS Devices:
- Don’t root/jailbreak your device
- Only install apps from the app store
- Use an Antivirus
- Ensure that your device is safe from physical access
#1 Don’t Root/Jailbreak your Device
Getting root access gives you full over control over a gadget. No restrictions whatsoever. However, this also lessens your overall security level.
Having full root access means that any app, at any given time, can do as it pleases with your OS.
Yes, true. Every time that an app requires root access, it asks permission from you first. But, the exact same thing applies to Windows with admin privileges and it holds the record for the most malware infections.
Root access is an extra security hole. Don’t root or jailbreak your device unless it’s necessary.
#2 Only Install Apps from the App Store
3rd party apps are tempting. Free apps which normally ask for a price, naughty little things which are banned from the app store, there are all sorts of stuff to discover on the net.
However, there also numerous malicious programs. By installing any 3rd party program, you’re running the risk of infecting your device. That’s why it’s recommended to only install apps from the official app store.
Speaking of which, there are a few malicious apps on the Play Store of Google too. Mostly adware so, do keep an eye out for fake apps there.
#3 Use an Antivirus
While Android and especially iOS devices are not as susceptible to malware as Windows devices, there is always a chance that you’ll get infected. So, why take the chance?
There are numerous Antivirus programs in the store that do not slow down the device. Unless you have an old one.
I tried AVG and Avast. Had a pleasant experience with both of them so do try them out.
#4 Ensure that your Device is Safe from Physical Access.
A malware infection is something that happens remotely. As mentioned above, there are steps which you can take to prevent that.
However, what if someone manages to get his hands on your device? Well, the first thing that you can do is use strong passwords.