Android devices are everywhere. Google’s mobile operating system has a huge hold on global market share, and that’s not going to change any time soon. Partly because of this, Android devices, like PCs, are the target of attacks by hackers and other idlers.
And even if you keep your Android phone with you at all times, make sure it’s always up to date, and use strong passwords, you could still be at risk.
Similarly, iOS phones have gained a significant majority in markets such as America and Japan, and Apple’s mobile operating system is also under attack. Even if you think you’re following all the best practices, you’ll find there’s something else to consider.
This never-ending zeal is needed as long as you use a mobile phone, be it an Android device or an iPhone.
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However, there is one simple strategy that will go a long way in protecting you and your data.
Are you ready for this?
Let’s do it.
But first I have to ask you a question.
Which apps are absolute musts for you? I’m not talking about apps that can entertain you now and then, I’m talking about those apps that are essential for you. I’ll answer that question. For me, the must-have apps are:
That’s the list of my essential apps. Without those apps, my day would be a lot less efficient and more complicated.
Now let’s talk about the apps that are not essential but are a priority. For that, the list is much shorter for me:
That’s a total of 14 apps. When it came down to it, I was able to ditch Slack, Bitwarden (a password manager), and the banking app.
This is why I’m asking this question: the more apps you install on your phone, the more likely you are to accidentally add ransomware or malware. It’s just a numbers game that we all love to play, and it’s important to understand how dangerous your phone is.
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But what can you do?
The answer is simple. Only install apps that you need to use during the day. Then review the apps that aren’t essential and honestly decide which apps you can remove. Once you’ve made this list, stick with it. Since adopting this approach a few years ago, I haven’t had any issues with my Android phones (and I’ve gone through quite a few).
No, this approach is not foolproof. Nothing is. But if you want to give yourself an advantage in this arena, I strongly recommend that you follow this advice. It can be challenging to give up some of those apps that you like but rarely use. You can do it. Consider this approach for the safety of your data (and possibly your money) as you move forward with your smartphone, be it an Android device, an iPhone, or something new.