Do you spend a lot of time on your phone, using it for work, taking calls, and checking your email? If so, you’re not alone.
A recent study found that 43% of people aged 18-34 spend more than two hours a day using their phones. That’s a lot of time wasted when we could be using that time more productively.
In this blog post, we’ll explore some amazing ways to secure your communication on an Android phone. From encrypting your messages to using a password manager, we’ll show you how to stay safe and secure while communicating on your Android phone.
Encrypt Your Phone’s Built-In Storage + SD Card
Encryption can help secure your information from prying eyes and it’s important to do this on all the devices you use.
The first thing to consider is your phone’s internal memory. It’s often the easiest place for hackers or criminals to find and access data on a smartphone, so encrypting it should be automatic.
All popular Android phones usually come equipped with some kind of external storage space, which automatically doles out internet-connected folders like “Shared” and “Downloads” by default.
If you’re using this folder all the time as an easy way to transfer files between different apps, then you need to perform a bit of security and encryption upkeep.
The average Android phone will come with 16GB or 32GB of total storage space pre-installed on it – but that’s not all the space available! “Internal Storage” can also be expanded by adding an SD card (which is much faster than built-in memory) before syncing your data over wi-fi correctly.
If you don’t have an SD card inserted with extra storage space, your phone can still store messages and files in a “Shared folder”. If copied over wifi, it will just be there for all to see (but encrypted).
Now that means anyone on the same network can download these unencrypted shared folders which is almost like handing them important information. So make sure they stay locked away!
Use a VPN
While it’s possible to share a good amount of data over the internet without any encryption at all, it’s safer (and more secure) to use tools that encrypt your traffic.
You can also use a VPN app on Android just like you would with one for iPhone or iPad. Depending on what VPN provider is best for you and how/where you intend using it, there are lots available for mobile devices.
The following two services allow multiple devices to be connected simultaneously. Once you get them installed and running, simply log in from your other device(s) that want access to the private network and start browsing securely.
Check out AndroidVpn, (Free service – wildcard certificates) or PureVPN, ($4/month after trial period). Premium NordVPN is also available for $9.99 per month on Android.
Other VPN providers you may want to take a look at are Hotspot Shield and StrongVPN. Another great alternative for free remote access is Tunnelbear (available on Google Play) and it’s also fully featured download manager.
Securing your IP address is crucial because it’s what backs up your location, people will connect to that server. When you go online in a public place network “hotspot” such as a coffee shop or airport -you’re broadcasting all over it.
To avoid detection by websites and internet providers – use Private Networks! From private hotspots across city hospitals and university campuses, through cafes like Starbucks back home to hotel business centers – phones/tablets are automatically connected to the private VPN and you’re protected.
When connecting in public places, they need only log IP addresses – not full signal. If you want to secure your communication there are options available that can help – Video tutorials are provided, which may be helpful.
Consider installing the free Mobile Spy app on Android or you can use one from here. You will have instant access and begin spying immediately by providing information about who’s contacting whom without even having to register a phone. We all accept we need privacy for our personal lives however it makes no sense not being protected.
Protect Your Email
The ability to secure communication through email particularly in work related situations and the sheer level of personal information that can be stolen is huge.
Now we are less and less reliant upon physical (corporate) IT departments all communicating via Skype, Gtalk, etc – more so now on phone calls or texts even instant messaging channels like Whatsapp.
So again control this access. The technology isn’t available yet however it’s getting better at least within businesses with the likes of Networx. However, some companies have moved completely away from email to things like SharePoint but that’s another story.
Whether it is chatting live on Facebook or being able to Skype present from your mobile device – the ability for business and personal electronic conversations can be held under control. We’re assuming that you need email capability as this protection isn’t going away
Remote Access and VPN’s: An Alternative to Smartphones For Global Communication
Why? We’ve already touched upon why we don’t yet have simple mobile phones that take care of both our phones and emails and the protection around such.
Technology is moving at a pace away from these often antiquated technologies to more secure methods of communication or communications that are controlled in some way.
The technology discussed below allows you to either access your email, live Family Media (say Play Video Chat with your kids) when they’re out of town, or status updates on social networking sites whilst being mobile via Google SpeakTo all without the need for a CDMA/GSM phone to access these talksters.
Protect Your Photos
Photos are a great source of personal identity/information (passports, passports and more) or at least they can be. You might even take photos in your house using camera phones of areas you wouldn’t normal choose to take pictures which include passing traffic – ‘safer’ iphones/ipads don’t leave much in the way of Secure communication.
All phones/tablets and computers have cameras that can be removed, but you do need to take reasonable precautions to secure them for those few moments – still images especially if this is a shared device; dummy access for passwords.
Lock photos: Images that you want to be secure should be received from other devices. For example, all of his daughter’s images are stored on her phone but the system administrator wants to share them with others through a SharePoint Portal – what will he do?
He would lock the folder for storing this personal information and have his daughter use only one device with it so no problem). This is however not advisable as iphone and other phone companies can still effectively hack the device.
Keep photos on your own PC, laptop or external storage: The problem with this is passing images to others along a wifi hotspot; theoretically it may not be insecure but then again they could also damage future capabilities in case of loss/damage (and no insurance policies pay for that).
So many devices now support MTP high speed USB 3.0 so you will want to choose these over 2.0 as it will provide much better speeds for transferring data – especially pictures that can be used to authenticate users or connect an identity (passports, driver’s licenses etc).
You however should never put the images on your PC and iphone because if your computer had been infected with viruses or a worm could cause them to become accessible by intruders in case of loss/ theft.
Secure communication on Android is essential for business owners and professionals. Whether you’re looking to keep your team organized and on the same page, or just need a quick way to contact each other in an emergency, there are a variety of amazing tools out there that can help.
Saurabh Sharma is designated as Digital Marketing Executive at Arka Softwares, a leading web & mobile app development company. He has 2 years of experience in the Information Technology industry. He spends his time reading about new trends in Digital Marketing and the latest app development technologies.