Urgent alert to all Android users – change three settings now to stay safe

ANDROID is full of useful settings to keep your smartphone safe.

Google’s proprietary operating system is the biggest in the world — yes, bigger than Apple’s iOS, because it’s not locked to a single type of smartphone.


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One of the main differences between it and the iPhone operating system is that it is open source.

Some argue that this is better because it means you have more freedom in how you use your device.

This means, for example, that you can download apps outside the Google Play Store – something you can’t do on an iPhone.

This also opens you up to more hackers, which is why you hear about a lot of suspicious apps on Android, compared to iOS which is heavily controlled by Apple.

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Fortunately, Google has created quite a few settings to help protect you from such threats, and here are three things worth looking into.

Scan your apps with Play Security

Google will check all the apps you already have installed on your phone through an option called Play Protect.

Even apps you downloaded outside of Google Play.

It actually runs away in the background automatically and will alert you if anything suspicious, like malware, is detected.

But you can call up the tool and do a quick scan any time you want.

Simply open the Google Play Store and click on your Google account profile picture.

looking for play to protect.

Click on Survey button and wait for the results.

Enhanced protection on Chrome

Chrome is the most popular web browser which makes it an exciting target for hackers.

Regardless, the internet is unfortunately full of nasty threats that pop up all the time.

To help you stay safe, Google has created something called Enhanced Protection in Chrome.

The tech giant describes this as “faster proactive protection from dangerous websites, downloads, and extensions.”

It will warn you about password violations, for example.

Note, this means that some browsing data must be sent to Google.

If you want to play it, open the Chrome app and go to File Settings.

Faucet PRIVACY AND SECURITYand then Safe Browsingwhere you can select it.

Create a secure folder

There are some files and pictures that you probably don’t want in full view.

Fortunately, it is possible to give them a little extra security in the form of a secure folder.

You can do this by opening the Files from Google app – you may have to install it from the Google Play Store first.

Faucet browse At the bottom.

Look for the option called safe folder.

Choose whether you want to lock it with a PIN or a pattern.

Set up your security option.

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Now you can move any files to it as it will keep extra privacy.

Note: If you uninstall the Files from Google app, any files saved inside it will be lost so be sure to remove them first if you do.

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