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Harden your Android device

Hardening your Android Device should be your first priority when purchasing your new device and today i’ll be showing you a few methods on doing so.

The reason on securing your device against hackers/stalkers/snoopers is to prevent malicious intent ,whether that be looking at your messages , wanting to install rats/keyloggers or even obtaining confidential information.

This tutorial is about 2 types of protection.

  • Offline protection
  • Online protection

First , we should get some offline protection. Offline protection refers to protecting your Android device from viruses, spyware ,malicious apps etc. It is very important to protect your files because we can’t always trust the ways of Online Anonymity. If it goes wrong, our offline protection should save us. Trojans and viruses remain a great challenge to our Anonymity. There are always trojans around and if we get infected, the attacker may use our machine as a proxy, and has full control on our devices.

Protect yourself against malware

  • CM Security

There are many anti-virus apps on the market ,but CM Security stood out the most for me , with it’s built-in app locker , cleaner , phone booster and award winning AV-Test engine ,ranked #1. Their new addition of settings inlclude the anti-theft feature and it’s intruder selfie pic.

Download here

 

Harden your android kernel

  • SecDroid

SecDroid hardens the android kernel by disabling certain binaries that have internet access or can be used as an attack vector and by securing the TCP Stack using Systctl. This helps prevent some MITM (Man-In-The-Middle) and Spoofing attacks. It may also prevent some DOS (Denial-Of-Service) Attacks.

Download here

 

Scan for vulnerabilities

  • X-Ray

X-Ray scans your Android device to determine whether there are vulnerabilities that remain unpatched by your carrier. The X-Ray app presents you with a list of vulnerabilities that it is able to identify and allows you to check for the presence of each vulnerability on your device.

Download here

 

Backup your android device

  • Titanium Backup

Now you don’t have to worry about losing your precious data/contacts or even old messages. This is the most powerful backup tool on android. With scheduled scans , 0-click batch restores as well as syncing it to various popular cloud providers. This is the ultimate must have app.

Download here

 

Android Firewall

  • Droid Wall

Front-end application for the powerful iptables Linux firewall.
Allows you to restrict which apps can access the network.

This is the perfect solution if you don’t have an unlimited data plan, or just wants to see your battery lasting longer.

Download here

Android Device Manager

  • Google’s ADM

Ever misplaced or lost your phone? Android Device Manager locates lost devices and helps you keep your device—and the data inside it—safe and secure. Android Device Manager lets you:

● Locate Android devices associated with your Google account
● Reset your device’s screen lock PIN
● Erase all data on the phone

I have done a tutorial on Android’s device manager app >>> click here <<< to follow on how to use the app

and download here

 

Discover malicious processes

  • Autorun Manager

It lets you view your processes to see if there’s any malicious apps running and configure all the apps that runs on startup for a longer lasting battery and better overall performance.

Download here

 

Encrypting your calls

  • Redphone

RedPhone makes private communication simple. Free, world-wide, end-to-end encryption for your calls, securing your conversations so that nobody can listen in.

Download here

 

Now we are moving to Online Protection. As you know, this is very important also more than Offline Protection. Common methods of Online protection are discussed below.

 

VPN

  • Hotspot Shield for Android

Access media, video and messaging apps from around the world | Unblock social networks | Keep your mobile activities safe & private | Enjoy unlimited VPN bandwidth. Hotspot Shield VPN for Android offers Wi-Fi security, Internet & online privacy, as well as access to blocked content & apps such as Facebook, Netflix, BBC, Hulu, Skype and YouTube. Activate with 1 simple click, then you’re safe.

Download here

 

Protect yourself via WIFI

 

  • Wifi Protector

Detects and protects from all kinds of ARP (Address Resolution Protocol) related attacks in Wi-Fi networks, like DOS (Denial Of Service) or MITM (Man In The Middle). Protects your phone from tools like FaceNiff, Cain & Abel, ANTI, ettercap, DroidSheep, NetCut, and all others that try to hijack your session via “Man In The Middle” through ARP spoofing / ARP poisoning.

Download here

 

Private Browser

  • Orweb

Orweb is the most privacy-enhancing web browser on Android for visiting any website, even if it’s normally censored, monitored, or on the hidden web

Download here

Conclusion

It is a proven fact that nobody can be fully anonymous on the Internet. However, that does not mean nobody is secure. We should take steps to protect ourselves in the World Wide Web. Daily, a large amount of Cyber Crimes occurs and Identity theft is one of them. Black Hats ruin peoples’ lives for personal gain. It is our duty to remain secure. I sincerely hope this guide helped you and i’ll appreciate any feedback.

 

 

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