Contact us today!
(800) 588-4430

Telesys Voice and Data Blog

Telesys Voice and Data has been serving the Richland Hills area since 1994, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Secure Your Android During the Holiday Season

Secure Your Android During the Holiday Season

Android is a very common operating system on mobile devices around the world, and because of this, you won’t be surprised to hear that hackers are always trying to one-up security developers. If your business takes advantage of Android devices like smartphones or tablets, you’ll want to consider these 11 security tips that will help keep your organization safe.

Be Wary of Connected Apps
How many apps have you granted access to your Google account? Sometimes you’ll need them for a single instance, and others will have you continuously returning to them for use. If you no longer use them, it’s wise to cut them off from your Google account simply because the more connected your account is, the more likely it is to be compromised. To edit your account’s permissions, go to https://myaccount.google.com/permissions.

Maintain Your List of Connected Devices
Every time you log into your Google account with a new device, it’s added to a trusted list. This list needs to be updated and changed frequently to ensure that your account is only accessed by approved devices. You can check which devices can access your Google account by going to https://myaccount.google.com/device-activity. If you see a device that’s not familiar, remove it and change your password as soon as possible.

Organize Your Devices in Google Play
Every time you make a purchase in the Play Store, you’ll be given a list of devices that are connected to your Google account. You’ll then choose the device that you want to install the app on. This same list is used to find your device if you happen to misplace it. To remove a device that you no longer use from the menus, just uncheck the box for Show in Menus. You can also assign names to your devices so that you can find them easier at a later date.

Activate Find My Device
On that note, Google has a system set up that lets you find your misplaced devices. Open the Settings app and locate the option for Google. You can then select Security and then Find My Device. Make sure that the setting is toggled on. Furthermore, you want to make sure that your Location settings are turned on so that you can locate the phone in the event you misplace it. If you access the Find My Device tool in your web browser, you’ll be able to ring your device or find your phone in case you lose track of it.

Use Android’s App-Scanning System
You don’t need a third-party security app to scan your applications for suspicious activity. Google has this feature built into the Android operating system. To set this feature, simply go to Settings and navigate to Security & Location. You’ll see the option for Google Play Protect. Make sure that the option for Scan device for security threats is checked. This sets up an automatic scanning system that can run in the background and make sure your device isn’t threatened. In fact, you’ll hardly notice it’s there, unless you encounter a legitimate issue.

Reconsider Your Approach to Downloading Apps
No technological system is perfect, so you should always be wary when downloading any app for use on your Android device. Consider where the app came from--even if it’s from the Play Store. You never know when you could run into something threatening. Often times, you can check the app’s permissions before downloading it as well, which is a great way to make sure you’re not being tricked into giving access.

Check Your Security Basics
Do you lock your device when it’s not in use? You should have at least a PIN in use for when you set your phone down for a moment. Preferably, you want to take advantage of biometric technology that allows only you to access the device. Make sure that you have at least something standing in the way of any unauthorized access in case you lose your phone while in a public setting.

Watch Your Smart Lock Passwords
Google will frequently save passwords to the device to make it easier for you to go about your business, but this isn’t necessarily safe. You should frequently check which passwords are being saved. If you don’t periodically update it, you might encounter complications when accessing an account.

Do You Have Two-Factor Authentication?
Speaking of security for your Google account, two-factor authentication is one major way you can keep unwanted users out of your account. By using Google Authenticator, you can create single-use codes that must be used alongside your password for access to your Google Account. There are other options available too, but you will want to speak with an IT service provider to make sure that your 2FA solution is business-grade.

Run a Google Security Check
Google has a built-in security checker that can give you an idea of how you’re doing in terms of protecting your account from unauthorized access. To use it, go to this link: https://myaccount.google.com/security-checkup

Do You Need Third Party Security Apps?
While the security of the Android operating system is a great start, you may find yourself wanting more. If you’re still not satisfied with the quality of your mobile device’s security situation, you can always reach out to a managed service provider like Telesys Voice and Data, who can recommend solutions designed to keep your business secure.

For any lingering questions, thoughts or concerns about mobile security, don’t hesitate to reach out to Telesys Voice and Data at (800) 588-4430.

Comments

 
No comments yet
Already Registered? Login Here
Guest
Saturday, 20 October 2018
If you'd like to register, please fill in the username, password and name fields.

Captcha Image

Blog Archive

Free Consultation

Sign up today for a
FREE Network Consultation

How secure is your IT infrastructure?
Let us evaluate it for free!

Sign up Now!

Free Consultation
 

Tag Cloud

Security Tip of the Week Technology Cloud Best Practices Hackers Malware Business Computing Privacy Productivity Email Business Microsoft Internet Hosted Solutions Windows 10 Software Managed Service Provider Backup IT Services Ransomware Network Security Computer Mobile Devices Android Smartphone Managed IT services User Tips Browser Outsourced IT IT Support Workplace Tips Social Media Hardware Google Communication Disaster Recovery Innovation Efficiency Data Backup Business Continuity Data Data Management Smartphones App Business Management Holiday Upgrade Small Business Cloud Computing Office Productivity WiFi Internet of Things Facebook Microsoft Office Network Data Recovery Remote Monitoring Server Office 365 Windows Miscellaneous Phishing Encryption Tech Term Artificial Intelligence Spam Gmail Big Data Firewall Robot Apps Save Money Paperless Office Hosted Solution Recovery Password Customer Relationship Management Unified Threat Management Bandwidth Chrome Passwords How To Content Filtering Government Apple Avoiding Downtime Money Infrastructure Work/Life Balance Wi-Fi Mobile Device Management Customer Service Office Tips Document Management Tip of the week Employer-Employee Relationship Saving Money Risk Management Remote Computing Cybersecurity Word Managed IT Services Hacker Computing Education IT Management Mobile Device Cybercrime Virtual Reality Antivirus Health Project Management SaaS Managed IT BYOD Hacking Data loss Mobile Computing BDR Social Tech Support Website Windows 10 Telephone Systems Compliance Operating System Two-factor Authentication File Sharing Settings VoIP Business Growth Analytics Vendor Management Presentation Data Security The Internet of Things Applications Computers Alert IT Support Outlook Data storage Search Meetings Bring Your Own Device Sports Storage Maintenance IT service Retail Cortana Computer Care Best Practice Virtualization Lithium-ion battery Administration Business Owner Training Safety Tablet IT solutions Marketing Business Technology Wireless Technology Wireless Automobile Upgrades Budget Competition Downtime End of Support communications Mouse Healthcare YouTube Information Technology Collaboration Unified Communications Humor Patch Management Legal Scam LiFi Regulations Twitter Analyitcs Vulnerability Identity Theft Politics Monitors Travel VPN Google Drive Websites Automation Augmented Reality Going Green Physical Security Specifications Virtual Private Network Smart Technology Taxes Running Cable Botnet Assessment IBM Server Management Printing Licensing HIPAA Router Samsung Digital Payment User Mobile Security Statistics Technology Tips Software Tips Electronic Health Records IT Technicians Computer Repair Cleaning Modem Notifications Address Managed IT Service Undo Geography Relocation iPhone Proactive IT Hotspot User Error IP Address Alt Codes Electronic Medical Records Bluetooth Comparison Google Wallet Cyberattacks Webcam Mirgation Cookies Crowdsourcing Redundancy Break Fix Dark Data Corporate Profile Mobile Office Cables Private Cloud IT Consulting Language Quick Tips Printer Typing Black Friday Drones History Bookmarks Point of Sale Migration Nanotechnology Dark Web Buisness WannaCry Wires Error Data Breach Computing Infrastructure Time Management Access Control Cryptocurrency Cyber Monday Knowledge Cabling Favorites Chatbots IoT Data Warehousing PowerPoint Staffing MSP Technology Laws Alerts Network Management SharePoint Identity Bitcoin Update Consumers flu season Experience Conferencing Web Server Utility Computing Lenovo Microsoft Excel VoIP GPS Touchscreen Downloads Google Maps Proactive Administrator Unified Threat Management Cooperation 3D Printing Windows 8 Chromebook Shortcut Fort Worth Disaster Cameras Tracking Law Enforcement eWaste Superfish Blockchain Network Congestion Digital Domains Multi-Factor Security 5G IT Sevices Entrepreneur Remote Monitoring and Management business communications systems Staff Unsupported Software Emoji flu shot Uninterrupted Power Supply Application CCTV Cost Management Gadget Environment Permissions Users Display Spyware Public Speaking Google Calendar Hacks WPA3 Internet Protocol Flexibility Mobile Data Fort Worth IT Solid State Drive Management Troubleshooting Networking Fraud How To Heating/Cooling Legislation Current Events Fleet Tracking VoIP streamlines Operations Social Networking Processors DFW IT Service Laptop Hard Disk Drive Hard Drives G Suite Supercomputer Enterprise Resource Planning Net Neutrality Virtual Desktop Phone System Firefox Servers Help Desk Asset Tracking Motion Sickness business network infrastructure Wearable Technology Motherboard Halloween Google Docs Refrigeration IT Budget Mobile Techology Internet Exlporer Writing Software as a Service Fun Remote Workers data services Deep Learning Personal Information Mail Merge Distributed Denial of Service Scary Stories IT Consultant Vulnerabilities Machine Learning Disaster Resistance Social Engineering Consultation

Top Blog

Don't be Afraid to Replace Got an older PC that's causing you a lot of issues? Older technology is typically more expensive to run, and after a while, it's cheaper to simply buy a new desktop than it is to continue pouring money into something that always seems broken. It's a great time to buy wo...
QR-Code