In the modern world where hackers may attack your mobile phone with malicious codes. And stealing your sensitive data like private images and videos, important passwords, and pin codes. Android security is always at risk. You may be worried about how to secure your mobile from attackers. It makes sense to install an anti-virus app to protect your mobile phone. You can rely on Google’s own play protect feature from securing your smartphone. But there are some other third-party apps and software that increase the security of android.
1. Test Your Phone’s Anti-Malware Protection
An antivirus app’s most important feature is to detect a malicious code and remove it before it damage your mobile phone. F-Secure AV-Test is a free tool that can be used for this purpose. It detects how well your security app works by an anti-malware test file developed by EICAR (the European Institute for Computer Anti-Virus Research). Install and try to open this app. If your security app is working fine, it will detect it as a virus or threat and remove it. If your security app is not working well, it will not detect it as malware. So you can fix your default anti-virus app. Google takes it as a virus, but it is not a real virus. Just install and enjoy it.
2. Scan Your Phone’s Settings
Turning on or turning off the android security app is not a good habit. It may risk your mobile’s security. SAFE Me is an app developed by cybersecurity company Lucideus. It checks your mobile phone’s settings and gives scores to your settings. Whether it is set well or not. If you set a feature correctly, it shows a green checked mark before that setting. If you made some mistake, it would show a red cross mark before that. For example, your passwords should be turn on, but show password and location should be off. If your password is off it will show red cross marks before it. When your location is off it will show a green checked mark before it.
3. Ensure Your App Permissions Are Secure
Android provides a default feature to give permissions to unauthorized apps. You can find this in Android 6 or later versions by opening Settings > Apps & notifications > Advanced > Permission manager.
Although this built feature is quite simple, you can install the App Permission Dashboard application from the play store. It is a free app that shows you the given permissions to all apps in its dashboard. These include log, Record audio, See contacts, Camera, Location access, Read call, and Send SMS. You can save it as a spreadsheet to permanently keep a record of permissions granted to apps.
4. Scan Your Android Apps For Security Flaws
Suppose you did not change the password of your social accounts for a long time. It may cause you to leak your password and data. Jumbo is a free android app that scans your android app for security flaws. When you install the app, it asks for an email to check whether your apps need to change passwords. It scans all-important apps like Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, etc. It also offers a paid version with some extra services, but you don’t need to buy that. Its free version works fine.
5. Check What’s Running In The Background
It is essential to check what apps are running in the background. Some apps may drain your battery and RAM. It is reported that even some apps can cause and security threat. Many apps can check running apps in the background. But we recommend using Android’s built-in feature for this purpose.
- To use android’s built-in feature, go to About phone in the settings and tap built number seven times. It will unlock the Developer options mode.
- Go to System and open Advanced > Developer options.
- Tap Running services or Processes to check what’s running in the background.
- Close unnecessary running processes.
- Some processes will restart automatically. You can select whether you need to keep those apps or uninstall them.