Do you know, if you are using an Android phone then your privacy is at risk?
Today, there are lots of tech giants, hackers and government agencies who are eager to get hands on your sensitive and private data. Even a few days back, Facebook was caught in privacy scandal. It’s our duty to let you have knowledge of the important settings to ensure the security of your phone as well as data.
Fortunately, you are here and today we are going to take you through 15 Different but Ultimate ways to protect your Privacy on Android.
So, let’s dive in
Things to do with your Setting to Safeguard your Privacy on Android
It’s good to start protecting your Privacy on Android phone from the initial stage. Disable all the options that ask permission for tracking your data, during the setup. Afterwards, there are some precautions, that you should always keep in mind. Also, all the recommendation that we mentioned below comes with some sacrifices, so only choose those options that are more important to you.
Set an Ultra-strong Alphanumeric password along with symbols
Every Android OS provides with different options to use pin, pattern or password to lock your phone. You should always opt a strong alphanumeric password along with symbol. For this, Go to the Settings and scroll down to Security>Screen Lock. Set a password that includes letters, numbers as well as symbols. For Example- @Password123.back to menu ↑
Disable Google from tracking your activity
Disabling Google for self-tracking is a hard task, as Google is the biggest trencherman for data amongst all but at least disabling it will be helpful to some extent. Go to My Google Activity, click the menu button and choose “Activity Controls.” From here, you can disable location tracking, search tracking, voice tracking, and even your YouTube history. Note: It simply minimize the tracking, but Google may still keep some anonymous information. This step plays an important role to safeguard your privacy on Android.back to menu ↑
Turn on two-factor Authentication
Keeping your account protected, should be the main priority but it’s only as safe as your password. You can make it more secure via two-factor authentication. It can be turned ON for any Google account by clicking here.back to menu ↑
Encrypt your phone (if it’s not encrypted)
Usually, the phones are encrypted by default but there is always an exception. In the case, if not encrypted, then go straight to Setting > Security. Now scroll down to “Encrypt Phone”. If it shows “Encrypted’ below then its good to go. Otherwise, tap on it and then follow the given instruction to encrypt your device.back to menu ↑
Hide notifications from the Lock Screen
You should always be careful about the sensitive information. To keep them safe from these prying eyes, go to Setting > Notifications then press the gear icon at the top. At last, tap “On the lock screen.” You can choose either “Hide sensitive notification content” to conceal things like messages and email contents, or “Don’t show notifications at all” to ensure protection from prying eyes.back to menu ↑
Google backup to be turned Off
If your Google backup is turned ON then it leads to give away a number of personal info including phone call history, apps, and even what Wi-Fi network you’re connected to. So, to disable it, go to Settings > Backup & reset > Backup. Now you can disable either selectively disable the data you don’t want to store or disable backups entirely, which is totally upto you. This step plays an important role to safeguard your privacy on Android.back to menu ↑
Web Browser: Mozilla Firefox Focus or Brave
- Mozilla Firefox Focus: By Blocking wide range of online tracker and ads, all the sites loads faster and best part is that this browser is of 4 MB only.
- There are plenty of web browser that aims to protect your privacy, we came across Brave that outruns all of them. With the help of “everywhere HTTPS”, it encrypts all your traffic everywhere and it blocks scripts, cookies, phishing, pop-ups, and ads. While using Brave, if you came across a site that doesn’t work, then you can re-enable each of those features to figure out what’s breaking the site.
- To ensure e-mail privacy, ProtonMail is the best as it by default encrypt all your mail. Sending emails via ProtonMail is similar to others and reading mail is simple and normal. Via sending mail to others you have to enter a password to the given link, afterwards, the message can be accessed. It provides maximum security to your e-mail on the internet, even if it’s a little inconvenient to use.
- Also, if you want to send some important files as encrypted one to another place then we recommend you to use Firefox Send.
Unnecessary App permissions to be turned Off
Finally, Google lets us choose which apps to be given permissions from the Android 6.0. If your phone is running on 6.0 or higher, then go straight to Settings > Apps and tap the gear icon at the top. Tap on “App permissions”, you’ll see permission for various apps like Calendar, Contacts, Location, Microphone and many more. Tap and disable all the options for non-trust worthy apps. Keep in mind, this may break some apps if you’re not sure why they need that permission then simply uninstall them. These step plays an important role to safeguard your privacy on Android.back to menu ↑
Android Device Manager to be Enabled
Android Device Manager (ADM) helps you locate your device remotely, it might not be up to the standard of privacy. As your information will be in the eye of Google. However, you can also use it to locate or wipe your phone remotely, when you lost your Android phone.back to menu ↑
Messaging: Signal or WhatsApp
You’ve got to secure and well protected messaging apps that ensure privacy, i.e. Signal and WhatsApp. They both have end-to-end encryption, these apps delete your messages as soon as they are delivered, it can be either text message or call or even voice notes. Then the only inconvenience is that both the party should own these apps. For an absolute privacy, Signal go ahead with a slight edge as WhatsApp has full info about messages whereas Signal doesn’t have a clue about what you’re talking about. Under the legal order, WhatsApp is bound to hand over your data and it can also create an encrypted backup of your messages in Google Drive, which is not a big issue. Even if law enforcement requested it from Google, they wouldn’t be able to read it.back to menu ↑
Notes: Notes Lock
Google Keep let you make the notes and they’re all stored on Google’s servers but you won’t able to lock it. Whereas Notes Lock let you make notes as well as to do lists in various colours & fonts and you would able to lock these notes with the help of pin, pattern or password. It’s total upto you to sync your notes and you can store it in your Dropbox. Similar to 1Password, it provides you control over your notes as for where you can store it, instead of passing it to the third-party company.back to menu ↑
Cloud Storage: SpiderOak
Cloud storage is pretty good at protecting your data, such as in Dropbox but SpiderOak cloud storage is one step ahead in term of privacy. The company acknowledged a “zero-knowledge” policy, using local encryption so it can’t read what’s in your files before uploading them. SpiderOak offers 100GB/month for $5 which is competitive with services like Dropbox and Google Drive but no free storage.back to menu ↑
VPN: Hotspot Shield or TurboVPN
For web traffic security, VPN is the most basic way. As the VPN encrypts all your traffic, so as to prevent it from snoopers to have a look. It becomes more useful when you are on the public network, where the internet connection is not in your hand. Hotspot Shield and TurboVPN are most favourite apps. It will come in handy when you’re at airport or hotel and needs to cover your traffic.back to menu ↑
Installing Apps from Unknown Source
Whenever you are installing apps outside from the playstore, be sure that you are downloading it from the trusted source else, we recommend you to go for any alternative app rather installing them because those apps might come with malware.
So this was the 15 ways to Safeguard your Privacy on Android. Hope, you like and love it. For any doubt, feel free to ask via comment.
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