The most recent Android operating system release 4.4.2 has been loaded with a brand new security feature called Smart Flag. It’s an important addition to the Android security suite, and Google is calling it a “smart feature” because it helps the user know if their device is infected with a virus, Trojans, worms, or any other form of malware. It works similarly to a virus scanner on your computer – you scan your system for harmful elements, and then you mark them blue. After a few days, if your blue flags still haven’t changed, then you can safely delete the offending app. If they’ve changed from red to green, then you can proceed to remove the program.
There are several ways that this security feature could be harming your smartphone. For example, anyone with Root Access can activate it. This means that anyone with Root Access on their device could look over your files, changing them, before you know it. The bad news is, only a few apps are able to take advantage of this functionality – including some of your most-used apps. You can imagine how many users would be at risk of losing their private data simply by using these apps. So how do you avoid being one-third of android devices at risk because of critical commas?
First, make sure that apps you use need root access to use certain features on your smartphone. This is not always the case, but for the most part, it’s true. You should also avoid downloading apps from apps stores that are not certified by the Play Store.
Don’t share your account or log in to your phone through anyone else’s browser. Smartphones aren’t meant to carry out personal transactions over third-party networks (such as Bluetooth). If you don’t want anyone accessing your information, then don’t use their browser. If you absolutely must use a different browser, then set it up so that it only shows the lock screen, and only shows one web page at a time. You’ll be better off protecting yourself than having an open window that anyone can stroll into and tap into.
Don’t download apps unless they offer secure browsing modes. There are a lot of malicious apps out there that can capture your banking and credit card numbers. Don’t trust just any security app or one that comes from a sketchy outfit. Use reputable companies such as Google, PayPal, and Verisign to install their apps on your device. You’ll be glad you did.
Protect sensitive data by turning off Flash and Java as you normally would. They may seem entertaining at first, but they can actually cause serious damage if installed onto your phone. And in the case of a flash player installed for your e-mails, well… let’s face it: most people wouldn’t even bother downloading an app for their e-mails if they could figure out how to bypass it. So just make sure you don’t install any of these apps on your device.
Run antivirus and anti-spyware programs on your device to keep it free of malware. There are a ton of free programs out there but paid programs are becoming much more popular because they tend to offer greater functionality. Most of them work very well at blocking viruses and Trojans, and they’re affordable. And because they’re paid apps, you can also turn them into powerful AdSense publishers.
Don’t worry if you think all this sounds like too much work. As long as you have a rooted android device, it should be relatively easy to get things working. The official Google OS is the biggest reason behind this, so you’ll be able to use most of the features. You can use most of the standard apps that come pre-installed on almost every phone these days. However, if you have an older model without OA/Droid support or you want the highest security level possible, you’ll need to install one of these apps.