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Protect your Android device

Be it chatting with your friends and family on WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, texting an urgent message or sending emails to colleagues, or getting a piece of quick information by browsing websites, you can do all that and more using your Android phone. But since your phone stores a lot of private information – starting from your text messages and contacts to your emails, online browsing history and chat history of certain social apps, you need to keep such information protected. From knowing what your device’s Settings app can do to using

VPN for the Android phone, here are some quick and practical security tips and tricks for your Android phone.

  • Screen pinning: Most Android phone owners have either forgotten or don’t know about this feature. You can activate this feature through your phone’s Security section by activating the toggle under “Screen pinning” to “on”. You should also activate another toggle here that would ask for the unlock pattern prior to unpinning. The next time you hand your phone over to someone to let them look at a photo, make a call or browse a website, simply pin the screen and that won’t allow the person to poke around and get access to your private information stored on the phone.
  • Smart lock tool: Your Android’s Security section has this tool that offers various options to safeguard your phone’s content. From keeping your device unlocked at trusted places (say, your home), setting up voice and facial recognition, to on-body detection (that ensure your device stays unlocked when it’s in your hand, pocket or bag etc), you have a lot of options to keep your phone secure.
  • Other device security features: With screen lock, you can use a pattern, PIN, or password to keep your phone locked. In case you want certain messages or alerts to be shown on the screen when your phone is locked, you can choose lock screen preferences accordingly. Nexus Imprint (or Pixel Imprint) is another inbuilt feature of Android phones that lets you use your fingerprint to unlock your phone and approve purchases.
  • VPN for the Android phone: By encrypting all your data, a VPN keeps your online browsing sessions safe and even lets you access services and websites that might be inaccessible in your location. In case you often use the public Wi-Fi network (at hotels, airports or other places) or surf the World Wide Web for long hours, using VPN for the Android phone would keep your personal information safe from being accessed and viewed by strangers with malicious intent.

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