It has happened before, and you don’t want it to happen again. After installing a cracked app on your Android device, it got infected with malware. Now you're starting to notice expensive charges on your mobile bill for services you didn't sign up for. Having no other option, you end up paying for something you did not incur.
Ask any dedicated Android user and they can come up with a laundry list of why it’s one of best of many mobile operating systems out there. As many users know, Android devices can be relatively cheap, and this might be the primary reason why some users choose it. However, apart from its economic advantage, Android is also known for its fast and efficient data storage, its capacity to house innovative app development without licensing fees for mobile developers and manufacturers, diverse hardware platforms, and its simple, yet powerful Software Development Kit (SDK). Additionally, Android is widely available across different form factors, brands, and price points. With all these nifty features and advantages, users enjoy a wide variety of options and features compared to other platforms.
As with other technologies and platforms, unfortunately, you can expect to run into a few problems from time to time. Whether they’re the usual suspects such as bugs and vulnerabilities to more serious security issues like malware and mobile attacks—and even device theft—your device and the data in it can be stolen, spied on, and used by cybercriminals if you aren’t careful.
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Encountering such threats could pose many other security and privacy risks besides hefty phone bills. You may not know it, but cybercriminals are also out to get your personal information. But because the mobile landscape is ever-changing, securing your mobile device can be tedious. Hence, many users tend to rely on default security settings. While this helps, it’s still better to go the extra mile to make sure you’ve got your bases covered when disaster strikes. How can you secure your Android device? Here are simple security tweaks you can do to make sure that your device and the data in it is protected:
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