Our Android smartphones have become our closest companions and confidants as they carry lots of personal data and even sensitive documents relating to work and business. Some of these include e-mails, passwords, messages, contacts, photos and videos. Therefore it is of paramount importance to secure your handset to prevent fraudsters from gaining access to it. It is also important to ensure that in case it falls into the wrong hands, your data and information stay safe. Some of the ways to do this are outlined below.
All Android devices from Android version 2.2 and above come with a special feature you can use to track and manage your device. Check for Google Settings on your device denoted by a grey icon with small letter ‘g’ and a gear symbol. Open the app and choose the ‘Android Device Manager’ option, you will then see various options for locating, remote locking and factory resetting of your device in case it gets lost or is stolen.
Then you can log on to the Android Device Manager website www.google.com/android/ devicemanager using your Gmail account to control your phone from any location.
Use an Antivirus
Install an Anti-Theft App to Snap the Thief
Track Your Device
As earlier said, there are a lot of apps in the PlayStore which can help you secure your phone. When you install the app, make sure you do all it asks you to do so that you can track your phone, you might need to open an account online on the app vendor’s website to help you track and remotely control the device, make sure you do that. Once it goes missing, use the app to track its location using the instructions in the app and do any of the following lock it, unlock it, send a message to the thief, take his/her photo or wipe the data on the phone depending on the app. If the phone doesn’t have an internet connection, you can send an SMS command to it and its location will be sent back to you.