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    Have an Android cell phone
    How can I protect it from someone hacking into it ?

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    08-18-2020 08:08 PM
  2. mustang7757's Avatar
    We get this asked often here.
    Check this thread out , also leaving information like you did with the email leaves you vulnerable

    https://forums.androidcentral.com/sh...d.php?t=966023




    I'll leave a Link to register so you can communicate here as a guest account you can only post questions but can't reply.https://forums.androidcentral.com/sh...d.php?t=409154
    08-18-2020 08:18 PM
  3. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Welcome to Android Central! This is my usual spiel about malware, and many of the tips also apply to your question as well:

    For the most part, it's still quite difficult to get an actual virus on your phone, because malware requires you to manually accept the installation (which is why they try to fool you into thinking you're installing something legitimate). Use common sense:


    1. Avoid shady websites that deal with things like porn, gambling, and "free" (aka pirated) apps/music/movies.


    2. Never ever tap on a link that appears in a popup while browsing, especially if they're warning you that your phone is infected -- they're just trying to scare you into installing some bogus "antivirus" app that is probably malicious itself.


    3. Only install apps from well-established app sources like Google Play Store or Amazon Appstore. Read a bunch of app reviews before installing an app to look for any complaints about adware or suspected malware.


    4. Turn on Google Play Protect features in Settings>Google>Security (or in the Play Store settings). This allows Google to periodically scan your phone's apps to look for malware.


    5. Turn off "Unknown Sources" in Settings>Security (or in Special App Access on newer phones). This prevents any app that wasn't obtained from Google Play Store from being installed (which could include malicious apps that are inadvertently downloaded).
    08-18-2020 08:31 PM

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