3 crucial security settings for your Android

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If the notion of your device falling into the wrong hands, allowing access to strangers frightens you or keeps you awake at night worrying, there are additional steps you can implement to safeguard against this situation. Spending a bit of time enabling three crucial security settings on your Android can help protect your data and have you sleeping like a baby.

As with any instructions, note the following may vary depending on your device, manufacturer and the version of the operating system you are running.

Enable the Smart Lock feature for better security

Enabling this built-in feature is a must for protecting your Android. With the options of On-body detection, Trusted places, Trusted devices, Voice match, and Trusted face, Google has set the bar for smartphone protection. Here is how each one can help safeguard your device and data.

To enable Smart Lock, you must have a secure lock screen set first.

Here’s how to activate Smart Lock.

Go to device Settings and tap on Lock screen. Click on Smart Lock, your enter password/PIN, and enable the options you wish to utilize.

By Christa Geraghty

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How to reset forgotten Android password

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Google takes smartphone security seriously. Regaining access to your phone isn’t as easy as it is with most online accounts where you just have to tap on “Forgot my password” and then answer a few personal questions or get a recovery email. Here’s how you can get your phone back, even if your password, PIN or pattern is lost to the wind.

Reset a pattern with Android 4.4 or lower

Chances are good your phone is running a much more recent operating system than Android 4.4, but those of you still rocking an Android antique can use your Google account to perform a reset.

Once you’ve tried and failed to unlock with your pattern enough times, you will see a “Forgot pattern” notice. Tap on this and enter your Google account username and password. You can then reset your screen lock. As old Android devices disappear, so will this workaround.

When you’ve totally forgotten your Android PIN, password or pattern

Let’s move on to the worst-case scenario. The fingerprint reader isn’t working (or you have a phone with no reader) and you’ve forgotten your pattern, PIN or password. You’ve tried everything. You can’t get into your phone and you’re now out of attempts. This is a frustrating situation, but take a deep breath. You’re going to need to erase your phone.

You should already have Google’s Find My Device feature set up for your phone.

If you use a Google account, most of your data should already be backed up. This makes restoring your smartphone a lot easier than you might think. Tap or click here to learn what Google backs up and how to protect other types of data.

Make sure you have your phone with you. Reset it by heading to Google’s Find My Device page in a browser. You may need to sign in. Click on Erase Device and then again on the green Erase Device button on the next screen. Follow the instructions to clear your smartphone. You will likely have to sign into your account again.

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10 Ways to Find Hidden Spyware on any Android Device

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Privacy is one of the biggest issues of people not only in smartphones but also for online. “If you’re online, you won’t be private anymore.” Now, let’s head over to the steps to find the spyware on Android if hidden.

Steps to Find Hidden Spyware on Android

There are plenty of spying apps available for Android which can be easily installed on your phone to monitor your activity, location, conversations, etc.

In order to get rid off the hidden spyware, you should check out the below mentioned steps or tips at first. These tricks/tips may come in handy for you or your friends/family in most of the cases. There may be more steps available but these are the most-possible and common things you should keep in mind.

1. Unusual Behavior of your Smartphone

One of the easiest ways to detect hidden spyware is to check for the unusual behaviour of your smartphone at first. If there is any spyware or tracking software installed on your device, in most of the cases, your phone will perform differently. It can be easily noticeable if your smartphone causing some error or running strangely.

  • If your phone lights up automatically, shutting down automatically, or producing some strange sounds, there is an issue.
  • Find apps completely on your phone which you have installed from first to last. If you find any strange application which is not for your use, uninstall it right now.
  • Mostly, rooted smartphones have that system customization or admin access to all the apps and services which are running in the background. That may also cause issues. If you can suspect it, you should unroot your device and do a clean install of device ROM.

These hacked or patched hidden spyware or apps can cause more issues to your device and device data as well. Take a look…

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Mobile anti-virus not needed: Google

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The majority of Android smartphone and tablet users do not need to install anti-virus and other security apps to protect them, despite dire warnings from security companies selling such products, Google’s head of Android security says.

Adrian Ludwig, the lead engineer for Android security at Google, said there was “a bit of a misperception” in how the company reviewed apps for its Google Play store in comparison with other stores.

He also said those who used security software on their phones would likely get no protection from it.

“I think … paying for a product that you will probably never actually receive protection from is not a rational reduction of risk – but people buy things for lots of reasons.”

Mr Ludwig said every Android app goes through an automated system that checked for issues and verified apps before they were made available on the app store.

“By the time a user goes to install an app they’ve had … the best review of that application that is possible,” he said.

The risk of potentially harmful applications ending up on users’ devices was, therefore “significantly overstated” and the actual risk of a damaging app being installed was “extraordinarily low”, he said.

By Ben Grubb

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How to avoid the threat of Android malware

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Unfortunately, even these apps can only do so much, as the technology within them is much simpler than what runs their Windows counterparts. And most apps merely detect when you download or install an app, then compare its digital signature against a database of known malicious apps. If the app is on that list, the antivirus will alert you and ask that you remove the app. This simple approach doesn’t make antivirus apps very compelling, even when you factor in the virtual private networks, call blockers, and other extra features some offer.

The best security is to avoid malware altogether

So Android malware is real and not all antivirus apps are total scams, but do you actually need protection? Well, experts are somewhat split on the issue.

While the risk of infection is low in the U.S., Clementi says it never hurts to be proactive in case the situation changes. Google itself, however, has railed against antivirus apps in the past. In 2014, for example, Google’s then-lead security engineer for Android said there was “no reason” to install an antivirus app because the risk was low and Google’s built-in protections were strong enough. Antivirus manufacturers fired back, scoffing at the notion and pointing to third-party app stores used across the globe (and a few pieces of malware that have, despite Google’s protections, snuck into Google Play).

Unfortunately, most people taking part in the discussion have some sort of skin in the game, so it’s hard to know who’s opinion to trust.

There is one thing all experts agree on, though: your first and main line of defence should be common sense and good security practices.

“Only download apps from official app stores like Google Play, or stores of reputable app makers and avoid third-party stores and side-loading,” Clementi says.

Of course, Google Play still hosts some bad apps while third-party sites may offer trustworthy downloads. The most important thing is to download apps built by well-known developers and companies you trust. And never, ever, pirate apps from sketchy sites, as these are often dangerous.

 

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How to View Saved Passwords on Chrome for Android?

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The tech giant Google has updated Chrome to Version 62 with a feature of password notification during every login. All the passwords can be stored in the Android devices very easily. One can even save the passwords of each web page this way so that you can remember it.

How to View Saved Passwords on Chrome for Android?

• First, you need to update Chrome. It is necessary to have the latest version.

• Go to Settings

• Tap the Password option

• All the saved credentials can easily be viewed in the Google Store. All the website can be seen that requires passwords.

• The websites will be displayed in alphabetical order.

• There one can see an eye icon where you can see the saved passwords. After clicking on the eye icon, you need to choose either PIN, pattern or fingerprint. It is essential to show that the person is the owner himself.

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4 signs your Android device has a virus

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While Android malware can be devious, often there are signs and symptoms of its presence. It’s up to us to be aware of what those might be and to take action to protect our phones. Keep in mind there can be differences between Android operating system versions, so you may need to look around for the proper settings when following these tips.

Signs your Android might have malware

Malware may leave some telltale signs on your device. Be on the lookout for these issues.

You’re blasted with ads: Ads are a fact of life on the internet, but be wary if you notice unusually invasive ads or seemingly random pop-ups. This could be a malware indicator, or it may be a browser hijacker.

The battery is draining too fast: This can be a symptom of multiple possible problems. You may have a legitimate app that’s battery-hungry, or your battery may be past its prime. But it might also be malware working away in the background.

Data use spikes: Some malware apps have been known to use up your internet data. You may notice a curious jump in data usage even though you haven’t changed your phone-use habits.

An unexpected app appears: If any of these previous symptoms makes you suspicious, then you’ll want to take a look at what apps are installed on your phone. Head into Settings, tap on Apps and expand the list to see what’s there. Look for any apps you don’t recognize or don’t remember installing.

A new tactic is for malware apps to install themselves and then disappear. Those leave a telltale blank spot in your app drawer.

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Can You Bypass the Android Lock Screen?

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So, you’ve forgotten your smartphone passcode and you’re locked out of your device? Not to worry, this happens way more often than you might think.

There are several ways you can get locked out of your smartphone. Perhaps you’ve discovered an old handset among some clutter and upon trying to log in, realize you’ve forgotten the passcode. Perhaps you’re used to using the fingerprint scanner or facial recognition on your smartphone and you don’t quite remember the backup passcode.

Keep in mind that if you restart your device, you will need to input a manual passcode before you can continue using your biometrics options. Perhaps you’ve recently updated your passcode for security reasons and haven’t quite memorized it yet.

Whatever the reason, we’re here to get you logged back into your smartphone. There are several methods you can employ. Check out your options below.

Erase Device with Google ‘Find My Device’

Please note this option with erase all information on the device and set it back to factory settings like when it was first purchased. This is a touchy option if you don’t have the information on your device backed up, but it is an effective way to get back into a locked device.

To use this method, your device will also need to be logged into your Google account. If it is, access the Google Find My Device page on a web browser from a computer, tablet, or another smartphone. If the service has identified your phone, it will show the device’s information, including the name, how long ago it was located, the carrier, and the battery percentage.

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