From pickpockets to malware, your Android phone is under threat from all sides. Attackers are continually switching up their tactics in hopes of taking control of your device. Let’s acknowledge that there’s no foolproof way to protect your Android device from thieves and hackers.

Here are some ways you can protect yourself, your data, and your phone.

1. Keep Your Software Updated

  • An updated mobile operating system allows you to enjoy the latest and greatest features and while protecting your information.

2. Install an Antivirus App

  • As your mobile device functions more like a mini computer, it becomes a more attractive target for hackers or thieves. A reliable security app safeguards your data, protect against threats and locate your lost or stolen phone.

3. Lock Your Phone

  • when it comes to mobile phone security, but still half of Android users opt out of using a password, PIN, pattern, or fingerprint to secure their mobile devices. You may not think it matters much but believe me it does matter.

4. Locate and wipe your phone remotely

  • OK, so you locked your Android phone with a PIN or Smart Lock but you lost it anyway. Now what? Luckily, you can use the Android Device Manager to track your lost device and even wipe it if necessary, but only if you’ve enabled a pair of settings first.

5. Avoid Third-Party Apps (Unknown Sources)

  • If you do decide to use third-party apps, research to be sure you’re not getting a malicious one. Read reviews, and if the app asks for access to too much personal data up front, don’t download it.

6. Watch where you click

  • The mobile threats you’re most likely to face are scams and phishing attacks that will attempt to steal credit card information. Always check to see if a website starts with “https” before you enter sensitive information.

Note: Back up your phone data once in every 2 months.

There’s more you can do to secure your mobile phone. Which steps will you take to keep your information out of hackers’ hands?