Tips to Secure your Android Tablet

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Android is an open software and is susceptible to many attacks and malwares. The tips and tricks that are shared below will help you secure your Android tablet.

Encrypt your Device

You can encrypt the private and personal details stored in your device so that the data cannot be read by any unauthorized persons. Once you encrypt the device, data that you add to it will be automatically encrypted. Moreover, the decryption process will take place automatically. There are two different types of encryption methods.

  1. Full Disk Encryption

As per Google, “full-disk encryption uses a single key—protected with the user’s device password—to protect the whole of a device’s user data partition. Upon boot, the user must provide their credentials before any part of the disk is accessible.” This encryption is secure, but when the user reboots the phone, the data will not be accessible until the user credentials are entered.

  1. File-Based Encryption

This is for the users who already have Android Nougat. Android’s file-based encryption “allows different files to be encrypted with different keys that can be unlocked independently.” With the Direct Boot function, devices can “boot straight to the lock screen, thus enabling quick access to important device features like accessibility services and alarms.”

Secure Messaging

There are many ways to secure a messaging service and many factors need to be taken into account. If you are not a security expert, you may not have thought of encrypting the messages. Security and usability are usually at odds; even though some of the apps meet these criteria, they are not user friendly.

If you need secure messaging that is both secure and usable, you may use the Signal app that offers secure communications. This app is much user friendly and is very popular among the security conscious Android users.

Enable Two-Factor Authentication

Two-factor authentication, also called as two-step verification, needs two authentication methods. The popular authentication methods that are used are PIN numbers, passwords, fingerprints, etc. This security method is used by many services and you may have used it in online banking.

Some of the social media platforms also make use of two-factor authentication, in order to prevent others from hacking your online identity. Websites like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter make use of two-factor authentication, whereas some of the popular payment platforms like PayPal, and cloud services like Dropbox, also use this security feature.