From the time the Android operating system rolled out in market, there have been reports of flaws both in the software itself and integration. The reason for this is obvious; it’s an open source operating system. In March 2011 approximately 260,000 devices were infected with apps containing Trojans and malicious software.
No operating system is hundred percent secure, and despite these security issues and vulnerabilities, the Android operating system popularity has rapidly increased. It’s a relatively new operating system and one can hope that the basic issues would be fixed in a few months. It is also worth mentioning that your smartphone security doesn’t depend entirely on the operating system. Here are seven simple Android security tips to help you boost your android operating system security.
1: You must always keep your android phone updated with the latest security updates and patches released by your vendor.
2: Before downloading an application you must make sure that it is issued by a reliable developer community and it is perfectly safe to download and use the application. Do not risk your confidential information for a few bells and whistles.
3: Download and use an application if you feel it is absolutely necessary for you. Android smartphone users have access to millions of applications, not all of those are necessary or useful for you. Be selective and do for only those that you actually need.
4: Use a good security software like lookout or AVG security. This can truly be a life saver.
5: Protect your android phone with a password, always keep a backup of your important files
6: Never root your android device, its similar to jail breaking the iPhone.
7: Use applications from the official android Market for apps.
Keep these Android security tips in mind and you will keep your phone and valuable data secure!