Android security settings worth paying attention to

Nowadays, the phone is just one feature of the powerful portable devices that live in our bags and pockets. Smartphones replace our keys, wallets, cameras, photo albums and a host of other personal and work information that needs to be securely protected. Fortunately, securing it is not as difficult as it may seem, and today's smartphones are already equipped with all the necessary tools. In our new material, we tell you what all users should pay attention to.

Locking the screen

It will seem ridiculous to advanced users, but until now, the mass of people simply turn off the lock as something annoying and taking away precious seconds. However, it is the easiest and very effective way to protect the data on your device and should not be ignored. On any smartphone, users can lock with a pin code or a graphic key. Modern devices in the vast majority are equipped with fingerprint sensors, perfectly coping with their duties, there is no less convenient unlocking by face, but its reliability depends on the manufacturer of a smartphone.

Unlocking any modern smartphone is almost instantaneous and does not require any complex data entry. To configure it according to your own preferences, go to Settings - Security and screen lock.

Show notifications on the locked screen

Sometimes an overly curious average person does not even need to unlock the smartphone to see something important, all because the user did not take care to hide personal information from the lock screen. Previously, we have already dealt in detail how to hide notifications or their contents on the lock screen, so we will not dwell on this point in detail.

Find My Device

Another option we've talked about before and never tire of repeating. To activate Find My Device go to Settings - Google - Find My Device and activate the switch. Recall, thanks to this option you can make the phone beep, even if the device is in silent mode, track its location on the map, display a message for the finder, or at least delete valuable data, if there is no hope to return the device. You can read more about this process in our earlier article.

Setting up Smart Lock

Although, as we noted above, unlocking a modern smartphone takes fractions of a second, there are situations where it can be disabled without any harm to yourself or your data. To do this in Settings - Security and screen lock find the item Smart Lock and select one or more scenarios when your smartphone will not lock, for example, if it is in your hands (sensors detect motion), if you are at home where you do not need to hide from anyone (location is fixed) or there is a trusted device connected via Bluetooth (watch, headphones, your PC or laptop).

Google Play Protection

If so far we have dealt with how to protect smartphones from the outside, now it's time to talk about what can destroy your smartphone from the inside - malicious software.

The Google Play Protection tool checks all programs when you download them and regularly checks software you've already installed. It monitors programs that access user personal data, potentially malicious programs downloaded from third-party sources, and helps you quickly remove them. The tool is located under Settings - Security and Screen Lock and is active by default. You can disable Google Play Protect if you want, but we don't recommend doing so.

Account Security

You can check all the security settings of your Google account in one menu by going to Settings - Google - Google Account Management - Security - Security Check. All tools here are conveniently sorted by topic and marked with appropriate icons, so it won't be hard to understand.

Verify your passwords

Now that we're at this point, it's logical to check the password security. You can do this by going to Settings - Google - Google Account Management - Security - Security Check - Saved Passwords. From here you can see how many passwords your android smartphone knows, if they are all secure, and if you have any passwords that have been exposed. You can also get recommendations here on how to create strong passwords and quickly replace weak ones.

App permissions

With today's Android smartphones, the user can decide which permissions to give to each specific app. And this is convenient because you can control what data the program can access. It's easy enough for the user to understand what permission is used and for what purpose, for example, you shouldn't block a navigator from accessing your location, and if a messenger is prohibited from accessing the microphone, you won't be able to send voice messages.


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