1. Android Central Question's Avatar
    Hi all,
    I have an Asus Zenfone V. Android 7.0. First time android user.
    I'm interested in making my phone as secure as possible. What strategies do the careful, and savvy digital users use to control the information they give?

    Thanks in advance for the discussion.
    10-28-2018 08:56 PM
  2. belodion's Avatar
    Are you referring to strategies peculiar to the Android system?
    10-29-2018 05:56 AM
  3. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Welcome to Android Central! 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. This allows Google to periodically scan your phone's apps to look for malware.


    5. Turn off "Unknown Sources" in Settings>Security. This prevents any app that wasn't obtained from Google Play Store from being installed (which could include malicious apps that are inadvertently downloaded).
    10-29-2018 07:58 AM

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