How to stay safe online – Android security tips and tricks revealed

android apps security - How to stay safe online – Android security tips and tricks revealed

Even with perfect online privacy practice, you might still fall foul of determined hackers and crooks.

But there are some easy steps you can take to massively reduce your risk of being hacked or defrauded online. Here are some of the best tips and tricks…

Use – This website keeps a hidden log of all major log-in leaks from hack attacks. You can enter your email address on the site and find out if you’ve been hacked – or sign up for email alerts that do the same thing. If you’re hacked, change your password – simple!

Download reputable apps – Always be careful of the apps you’re downloading, even from the official Google Play Store. Research them and make sure they’re from reputable developers, with lots of positive reviews. That way, you can avoid downloading a scam app.

Don’t sideload apps – Sometimes it may be tempting to download an app from outside the Google Play Store. This is called “side loading” and can be very dangerous – so generally don’t do it, unless you’re 100% sure the app is safe. Apps outside of the Play Store aren’t vetted by Google, so it’s your own fault if you end up installing criminal apps that spy on you or raid your bank.

By Sean Keach

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