New to Android with Samsung S4, can I get some help?


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New to Android with Samsung S4

Hello. I am being given a used Samsung Galaxy S4 from a relative. This is my first smartphone and I would like some tips from those more experience than myself as to what might need to be done to the device for optimal performance and security. Any other tips -no matter how simplistic-are appreciated as well. Thank you!

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Re: New to Android with Samsung S4

Welcome to Android Central! May I suggest this guide for general help:

For security, these are my thoughts:

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's "Verify Apps" function. This allows Google to periodically scan your phone's apps to look for malware. It's usually in your Google Settings app, under Security (although it might also be in the main System Settings, in Settings>Security).

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