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Install antivirus on Android phones and tablets

How to protect Android phones and tablets from malware

5. After configuring the settings, tap the icon that looks like a painkiller capsule to start an initial probe into the inner workings of your Android device. It will scan apps, media, contents and settings for any suspicious activities. Once this has been done, the app will show a result of its scans detailing anything it has detected as being suspicious.

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6. There are many other features of the app such as registering for a free anti-theft service. You can access these by tapping on the menu icon at the bottom and then tapping on tools. There's also an option to scan files on your device’s SD card or internal storage. You can also password protect apps on the phone as well as backing up apps to an SD card.

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Other ways to protect your phone

Mobile phones, particularly smartphones, are objects of desire, and that means to thieves and hackers as well. Here are a few further tips to keep you phone safe.

One way to keep the data safe from thieves is to password protect it. Normally this means a four-digit PIN that you can remember but isn’t easily guessable by others. Don’t choose 1066 or your birth year. New password techniques include swiping through a pattern of dots in a particular order to access your phone. Google's Nexus phone has face recognition so a thief would need a printed photo of you to unlock the phone.

Swipe password

Another top tip is to turn Bluetooth off when you're not using it. Hackers have been known to scan for phones with Bluetooth enabled to hack into your device and access personal information. A bonus is that disabling Bluetooth prolongs battery life, which means more talking or surfing time.

Sometimes you'll receive text and multimedia messages from people you don’t know. If that happens, be safe rather than sorry by deleting these - or at the very least refraining from following any links or calling numbers they contain. This will protect you from opening up something that could download a virus.

QR (Quick Response) codes are near-ubiquitous nowadays, while they're great for finding out more information on the latest movies or products in-store, sometimes hackers can print out a QR code on a sticker and leave it on a lamppost or somewhere public. Don’t let curiosity get the better of you. If you don’t know what it links to, don’t scan it.

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