Secure Your Android Devices

*Avast has updated their Android application, as such several screenshots here may differ from the most current version. Please proceed with care.*

The threats are real.

Malwares.

Your smartphone is vulnerable, even with frequent updates.

If you are using an Android device, it can be secured swiftly. And you SHOULD be securing every one of them.

(I am not affiliated with Avast! or Bitdefender, but have been using their AV for years on Android, Windows and/or Mac OS. They have been performing well.)

You may want to install the AV I had install on my Androids.

This setting in Android Security is NOT ADEQUATE. Even with it disabled, technically should not allow application from unknown sources to install, malwares can still creep in via other sources. 

And guess what? They have successfully managed to do it, installing Trojans and creating havoc to user later.

1st: Open Google Play Store. Search, download and install ‘Avast Mobile Security‘ or ‘Avast Antivirus & Security‘. The name is dependant on your Android device brand/name/version.

2nd: Open/launch the application once installation is done. Proceed by accepting the terms and conditions. Scroll all the way to the right, enter into ‘Settings‘.

3rd: Scroll all the way down. We start with privacy settings. Select ‘Community‘. You may want to tweak alike to my settings.

4th: Click back. Now lets head to ‘Notification‘ to make sure the app doesnt irritate you. You may want to follow alike to my settings.

5th: Click back. Now lets head to ‘Protection‘. For me, I’d disable the auto scan as I usually do a manual scan once every 2 weeks. 

Click on Scheduled Scan, hit the top right slide button. Done.

Technically, we are almost done with the set up.

Click back and all the default Protection settings are almost good to go. Just make sure App Install, File and Web Shields are enabled.

(Some Android OS may have a feature missing. Do not panic. As long App Install and Web shields are available, this avast! should still be providing you good protection.)

For newer Android OS, you will need to manually enable Chrome Support.

Ok. Now left the scanning part. Go back into the main screen, and scroll left till you see a page that allows you to do a scan. Hit Scan This Device.

If a threat is detected, follow instruction to clean. Usually you need to remove the app or files.

And as an added bonus, you can always use the extra features the app has to offer.

Boost your phone if it suddenly lags, first by ending all apps tasks, then launching this app and choosing Boost Phone, or even after you do a scan.

And of course, clearing copied items. Clear Clipboard helps you purge any links or anything you copied from within your phone.

P.S. If you have a slow Android device that is lacking space, you can try Bitdefender Free. Its an excellent alternative, without browser or realtime file protection though.

Download > Install > Accept Terms & Condition > Scan

But take note: Bitdefender Free uses cloud technology thus will only work with a working Internet (WiFi or Mobile Data)

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