A passcode on the start screen will prevent someone using your phone or accessing your pictures and data.
Android Device Manager
The Google Android Device Manager provides location information, remote locking, and remote wipe for a lost or stolen phone.
Never attempt to recover a stolen phone yourself; contact NUPD (617.373.2121) for assistance.
Encrypt Sensitive Data, Passwords, and Files
Encryption is the only real way to prevent someone from looking at your data from a stolen or lost phone. First, remove any sensitive data on your phone that you do not need. Next, use encryption applications to fully secure the remaining data on the phone.
Instructions may vary depending on the version of Android running on the phone.
Install Anti-Virus Software
Malware and Spyware are becoming more prevalent with the growing popularity of Android smartphones. These applications are designed to steal your data including usernames and passwords, steal your contacts for purposes of spamming, and disrupt your operating experience. The most effective way to prevent malware and spyware is to install anti-virus software on your phone.
Reduce Location Sharing
Many applications such as Facebook will ask or your current GPS location to update your profile wherever you travel. Criminals could use this data to determine when you are not at home and take that opportunity to steal your possessions. Your location updates could also be used by stalkers and other types of harassment.
Limit the number of applications has access to your current location and do not allow constant updates of your location to the internet.
Download Applications from Reputable Sources
Many free applications available to Android phones are actually forms of spyware designed to send data about your phone and browsing habits back to the applications author. For example, you may download a free game and in the background while you play, it is sending all of your contact and web browsing history back to the applications author. The author would then sell this information either to criminals or marketing firms.
Install Updates for Applications and the Android OS When Available
An update fixes a known vulnerability that criminals could use against your phone. Download and install updates when they become available. Periodically check for application updates through your phones application manager.
Conduct Regular Backups
Your data will be safe if your phone is stolen or destroyed.
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