It can happen to you at any time, or maybe this has happened: you’re on the bus playing on your smartphone or navigating through social networks when someone steals your appliance running out the doors of the vehicle and running through the crowd. Or you simply forget the device somewhere. Worse, a thief takes the phone you with a gun.
It happens and there’s not much you can do. The phone is gone, and while you can always buy another appliance, all your personal information lives now in the hands of a criminal.
The brazilian police comes reporting a significant increase in the number of smartphones and tablets in recent years. The number could be even higher, since the police only have data from crimes that were reported. The fate of your phone after it is stolen it can be anything. A thief can keep it to himself, he can sell it to a friend or an unsuspecting buyer online, or it may have been stolen for parts only. Other phones can be smuggled out of the country where they can get a premium price in developing markets.
For this, you must activate some security functions on your Android device to ensure that even if you lose your device, your data is safe and you have even a small chance of finding your device again.
Screen Lock Code
You can protect your appliance with any numeric PIN from four to 17 digits, uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers and characters (but no spaces), or use a pattern to the lock screen. If you use the latter, however, remember that a thief may be able to view your unlock pattern following the finger smudges on your screen. This is another reason why it is a good idea to clear the screen of your device. Android phones running Jelly Bean and above also have the unlock feature for facial recognition. This feature may not be as good, but it’s definitely the safest option. In addition to a lock code, some devices even has a fingerprint reader.
Characteristics of the Lock Screen
Android devices will let you access some features from the lock screen. Are available, generally only the missed calls and a preview of any unread text, but you must disable access to go on the Security page of the settings menu.
Also, don’t forget to link your device to your Google account to have yet another way to recover your password.
Track and “Erase” Your Phone Remotely the Device Manager Android
Device Manager Android (Android Device Manager) lets you control access to your phone if it is lost or stolen. Activate the feature by going to the settings menu and choosing the Android Device Manager option. Then, check the boxes to find remotely, lock and reset your phone.
To locate a missing device, you first need to register on the site of the Android Device Manager using your Google ID and password or by the application on your device. In both you will see a list of all devices connected to your account. By clicking on each device will show your location on a Google map. Of course, the device must be connected to a cellular network or Wi-Fi network or you will not be able to locate it.
The next set of options in this application include the ability to lock your phone with a new lock code, put it to play for 5 minutes at maximum volume (even if it is set to silent mode) and delete your device completely. Although the Android Device Manager does not guarantee the return of your appliance, you can use these preventive measures to protect themselves and can even improve their security and to lock your device using some third-party applications available on Google.
Important: you cannot clear microSD cards remotely, just the internal memory of the phone. So, be careful what you store on a memory card.
Enable Authentication in Two Steps
Users who access their Google accounts only from Android devices can use a short walkthrough to set up the Google application Authenticator on their phones. With Google Authenticator, you can generate scan codes in your phone, even if the phone is not connected to a network.
Sign in to your Google account settings page by clicking on your name or picture in the upper right corner of the screen and then clicking Account. At the top, click Security. Android users (4.0 or higher) summer a screen providing an option to install the Google application Authenticator (which can also be installed by the Google store Play).
If you prefer to receive the codes via SMS instead of using the Google application Authenticator, click the link at the bottom of the screen that says “you can get codes by text message (SMS) or voice” and follow the instructions to complete the Setup.
If you would like to use the Google Authenticator, click “Send me the app” to install the application on your phone and follow the instructions on the screen to complete the Setup process. Verify that schedule on your Android device is correct, because the codes are linked to timetables and ready! The next time you log into your Gmail account, you will be prompted to enter a code that you will get from the application Authenticator, including change password or setting on your device.
Encrypt Your Phone
Before enabling encryption, know that there are some disadvantages:
Slower: encryption always adds some overhead, making your device a little slower. The decrease in the actual speed depends on the hardware of the phone.
Works only in one direction: After the storage encryption of your device, you can only disable the encryption, resetting your phone to factory default settings. This will also delete all data stored on your phone, then you will have to configure it from scratch.
Not everyone should turn on encryption, because it will do more harm than good for many people. Especially professionals who keep business information should cogitate seriously the possibility of encryption, making it clear that it is also important to make a backup of all your data before any modification to the appliance.
How to Enable Encryption on Android?
Cryptography can take 1 hour or even more, depending on how much data you have on your device. Plug your phone into a charger before continuing. If you have to interrupt the encryption process, you will lose some (or all!) the data on your phone.
Before continuing, make sure you have a screen lock PIN or password configured. Android won’t allow you to encrypt the device until you create a PIN or password. To configure it, if you haven’t already done so, open the display settings of your device, tap security, screen lock-PIN or password and > set a new PIN or password.
Now you can encrypt storage of your Android phone. Open the settings screen, tap, and then tap Security Critografar. Read the warning information and tap the Encrypt button to continue. You will see a message telling you to connect your phone into a charger if it is not connected yet.
You will need to provide your PIN or password to continue with the process of encryption. Agree with the warning, and then leave your phone alone for a while, because it may take 1 hour or more. Do not interrupt the phone while it is encrypting their storage.
You will see a progress indicator showing. After that is done, your storage device will be encrypted. You will have to enter the PIN or password each time you start your phone or storage will be unreadable, so don’t forget the password! If you do this, you can only remove the encryption after returning your device to factory State, erasing all data. If you used a PIN instead of a password, you will receive a password anyway. Just enter the PIN number using the numeric keypad.
Add Information about the Owner of the Appliance
Not everyone who “find” your phone has bad intentions. If you lose your phone, with a bit of luck can be found by someone who can try to return it. Help them by adding owner information for the lock screen.
You can add your name, contact information or emergency contact for the lock screen in Settings-Security-> > owner information. Even with a lock screen enabled, anyone with your phone you can view this information. Make sure it is information by which who take your appliance can reach you (or your emergency contact), even if you lose your phone.
Nothing can protect you completely when you lose or have your equipment stolen. So, the best thing is still caution: be careful when using the appliance in public places, place it in a place that is easy to achieve and feel with you and still keep care. After all, it’s not cheap smartphone for you out losing or having stolen all the time.
If you have more safety tips for Android, please share in the comments below. Your help is very welcome!