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November 25, 2020

Protect Your Android Phones from Viruses with these Methods




Gadgets nowadays are susceptible to viruses. Even with absolute meticulousness, your phone may still not be safe online. Oftentimes, the websites that the phone visits contain different kinds of harmful viruses such as adware, malware, and the like that may spy and access your files and information. Suffice it to say, the internet can be dangerous at times.

Although viruses are most commonly found in computers, android phones are vulnerable to them as well. It can expose your personal details, operating system, networks, security details, and browsers. For this reason, it is essential to keep your phone’s online data safe and secure.  

Below are steps that you can take to strengthen your phone’s security.

1. Update your operating system. 

Operating systems provide support and security to devices. Perhaps one of the biggest and most popular among them is the Android, an open-source operating system incorporated into many phone brands like Samsung and Google Pixel. This OS allows the manufacturer of the phone to alter the source code. In return, it will be more vulnerable to different threats online. However, this can be prevented. 

First, make sure that the device you are using has an internet connection. Then, access the settings found in your phone and select the option that indicates “About Phone.” You can find updates here for the system and install the newest version of the software.

The privacy and security support are important updates that are always provided by operating systems. They allow the restriction of APIs that enable third-party applications to access the device and its data. Furthermore, it also gives the users updates on system features and functions that are more advanced than the previous versions.

2. Choose your phone applications carefully. 

Anti-virus applications allow you to enable the safe search feature, redirecting you to websites that are verified to be safe. They also warn you of any threats when browsing a site and run checks for any signs of malware or adware that comes with files or apps that you have downloaded. Being able to understand and determine the difference in just how vulnerable you are online is one thing, but having software in place to do all this hard work for you makes staying safe so much easier. 

Android users may download applications from Google Play, safe and verified by its online security measures. The applications are validated by Google itself, running security and background checks frequently before hosting them online in the app store. 

You can easily manage and synchronize your applications from Google Play. You can rest assured that these applications are free from any virus or malware and are clean in terms of security. Your phone also asks you to verify whether you want to proceed to download or install an app from a third-party website that is more likely to contain harmful malware.

3. Check your privacy rights. 

The terms and conditions of your applications include your rights to privacy. Not many of us would be glad to take the time to read every application’s terms and conditions before installing them. They look tedious and lengthy. However, every user should make it a habit to read them before proceeding to the installation process. 

Policies in terms of the user’s privacy provide the information that is included in the collection of data from the user’s details by the app and the reasons for why it has to be retrieved. It will also inform the user of whether they can request their data to be deleted or changed in the aspect of their personal information. You can also discover their data privacy terms and the app permissions that it will require from the phone to be able to run properly.

4. Install an antivirus application.

Perhaps the most common and most effective way to protect your phone from viruses is to use anti-virus that will shield your device from any threats.  

Anti-virus applications allow you to enable the safe search feature, redirecting you to websites that are verified to be safe. They also warn you of any threats when browsing a site and run checks for any signs of malware or adware that comes with files or apps that you have downloaded. 

Software systems like this help users browse safely and even keep the system updated on any new security features. It also erases and eliminates any hidden threats and viruses that have entered the device without the user knowing.

You can find different anti-virus apps and software online that are both free and paid. However, you should be careful about any bogus software online posing as anti-virus but contains harmful threats.

In using the internet, users should be careful about where they go and what they download. There are viruses founded by cybercriminals that may invade your personal data and hack into your bank accounts. The online world is fun. However, it also poses a danger







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