Follow this one simple rule for better phone security

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Android devices are everywhere. Google’s mobile OS has a massive hold on the global market share and that’s not going to change anytime soon. Partly because of this, Android devices are the target of attacks by hackers and other non-users like computers.

And even if you keep your Android phone with you at all times, you make sure it’s always up-to-date, and you use strong passwords, you can still be at risk.

Similarly, iOS phones have captured a considerable majority in markets such as America and Japan, and Apple’s mobile operating system is also facing attacks. Even when you think you’re following all the best practices, you’ll find there’s something else you need to consider.

This endless diligence is necessary as long as you use any mobile device, be it an Android device or an iPhone.

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However, there is one simple strategy that will go a long way in keeping you and your data safe.

Are you ready for this?

Let’s do it.

But first, I have to ask you.

Which apps are absolute must-haves for you? I’m not talking about apps that might entertain you from time to time, I’m talking about those apps that are essential to you. I will answer that question. For me, the must-have apps are:

That’s the list of my essential apps. Without those programs, my day would become considerably less efficient and more complicated.

Now let’s talk about the apps which are not essential but are priority. That’s why, for me, the list is much shorter:

That’s a total of 14 applications. If push comes to shove, I might drop Slack, Bitwarden (password manager), and the banking app.

This is why I ask this question: The more apps you install on your phone, the more likely you are to inadvertently add ransomware or malware. It’s simply a numbers game that we all like to play, and it’s important to understand how risky your phone is.

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But what can you do?

The answer is simple. Install only programs that are necessary for you to function during the day. Next, look at the ones that aren’t essential and decide, honestly, which apps you can get rid of. Once you’ve created this list, stick to it. Since I adopted this approach a few years ago, I haven’t had a single problem with my Android phones (and I’ve been through a large number of them).

No, this approach is not wrong. There is nothing. But if you want to give yourself an edge in this arena, I highly recommend you follow this advice. It might be challenging to give up some of those apps you love but rarely use. You can do it. For the safety of your data (and, potentially, your money) consider this approach as you move forward with your smartphone, whether it’s an Android device, an iPhone, or something new.


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