If you are using an Android phone, note that it is important to be careful about what you download and which apps have access to your private information. Android being the world’s most popular smartphone operating system, attracts the attention of hackers, scammers and advertisers. Besides malware, there are countless apps that make money by showing you ads continuously which slows down your phone. Here are 8 mistakes you make on your Android phone that can help crooks.

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Keep the bloatware that came with the new Android phone

Bloatware simply takes up space and can even cause stability issues. Always uninstall them, if you can, soon after purchasing a new phone. Additionally, some lesser-known apps are force-installed on your phone and can display ads, track your device usage, and even steal your contact list.

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Be laid back and don’t secure your Android phone against theft

Whenever you buy a new Android smartphone, turn on Google’s device search service. This will help you to track your phone if it is lost or stolen. This is important because thieves don’t just care about the device anymore, they also want to steal your data. Moreover, secure the lock screen by changing the settings so that no one can turn off mobile data or turn off the device without needing the password.

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Do not check the list of downloaded applications in settings

Make a habit of browsing the list of downloaded apps in settings. There is a lot of malware or spyware that does not create an icon and just lurks inside your phone. Checking the full list of downloaded apps can help you spot unknown apps.

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Don’t delete old or unused apps

If you haven’t used an app for a while, it’s best to delete it. Moreover, if there are any outdated apps on your phone, delete them as well. Keeping old or unused apps just takes up memory and can also attract malware infection as it would not be updated.

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Use the same password for the Google account and never update it

Always change your Google account password regularly. Changing passwords will protect you in the event of a privacy breach.

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Allow third-party app installations from unknown sources

It is strongly recommended to disable the installation of apps from unknown sources in the Settings menu. This option prevents the covert installation of apps and also prevents the installation of apps from sources other than Google Play.

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Use APK files to install apps

If you don’t understand how APK files work, you are strongly advised to download apps only from Google Play Store. Many apps are not found on Google Play and must be installed by downloading the APK file. However, this comes with its own set of risks, as it is not endorsed by Google.

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Do not read terms and conditions, permissions before downloading apps

Always make a habit of reading the required permissions and conditions before downloading an app. Whenever an app asks for excessive permissions, you need to start questioning the veracity of the app. For example, a wallpaper app shouldn’t require access to your contact book or mic, however, it might require access to your gallery.