How to Increase your Privacy on an Android Device

Brandon McCauley
Brandon McCauley
September 26th, 2021

Keeping your information private in an era where technology is constantly evolving and becoming increasingly sophisticated is a daunting task. One device that is often overlooked and disregarded as a potential security threat is the smartphone. While convenient, this handheld device contains almost all your private information, whether it be your email, social media accounts, and even your banking information.

Now, if you have read our recent article about neat privacy features on iOS devices and thought to yourself “but what about Android?” Fear not, because your pals at Redact are here to help.

Should I Care?

Astoundingly, Android holds roughly 73% of the global market share for mobile operating systems. In other words, a lot of people are using Android devices. In tandem with this, mobile devices are now accounting for over 60% of digital fraud, which can come in the form of:

Given this, there is a high probability that an Android user would victim to a cyberattack. No need to fret, though, because there are very simple steps you can take to better protect yourself on your Android device.

Keeping Yourself Safe on Android

In order to ensure that you aren’t on the receiving end of an online crook’s scheme, here are a few simple, yet effective measures that you can take:

  • Use a VPN – Disguising your location; the criminals will never find you!
  • Enable Two-Factor Authentication – Adds an extra layer of security to prevent hackers from accessing your account.
  • Browse in Safe Mode – Protects your data to a greater extent.
  • Download apps strictly from the Google Play Store – Avoid downloading suspicious apps from third-party sites.
  • Regularly update your Android device – Security updates are often implemented to prevent hackers from finding exploits.

Each of these practices can be fully set-up within mere minutes. This is significantly less time, aggravation, as well as less costly in comparison to being the unsuspecting prey to a predatory cybercriminal.

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