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How to Tighten Security on Your Android Device

How to Tighten Security on Your Android Device

Every day, millions of people all over the world use their smartphones, but many people don’t realize that these phones are not completely secure. If you own an Android smartphone, you need to take steps to protect yourself from fraud and identity theft. You can lose a whole lot more than just contact information and other day-to-day information! Someone could end up getting your financial information, and then you would really be in a mess. Also, you can lose the things that mean a lot to you, including photos, social media accounts, documents, emails, and more, or even worse, your information could be shared online for the rest of the world to see. With these things in mind, here are some things you can do to tighten the security on your Android device.

Encrypt Your Data

Encrypting data is like securing your data with a secret code that only you know. Using encryption helps to increase your security, and you can open encrypt while using any type of smartphone setting. You will need to have a password to access any of your data.

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Lock all Apps

You need to lock all of your apps. This is particularly important for apps that contain personal information that you don’t want anyone else to see. Investigate the range of app locking apps, or search within individual apps and disable any options that allow simple and easy access – unless you’re certain that you don’t mind anyone else having access!

Use Built-In Security

There are all kinds of screen locks available, from passwords to pins to patterns to face unlock. Make sure that you are using at least of the screen locks that can be found in your Android settings. Be sure to make it so your passwords are not easy to guess, even with this security.

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Choose the Best VPN Service

It is important to use the right VPN for your Android device, but there are so many out there that it can be difficult to know which one is the best for your particular needs. Do your research before you buy, and be sure to consider all the options carefully.

Don’t Save All Passwords

A lot of people save all of their passwords to sites and online services they use. But, if you do this, and someone were to get your device, they will have access to all of your passwords. Do not save them in your Android device, in particular, banking and payment apps.

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Create Multiple User Accounts

If you share your device with others (spouse, children, etc.), it is important that each user has their own accounts in order to protect your privacy. If you’ve a reasonably new tablet you can create guest accounts for other users – just like on your desktop computer.

Install Antivirus Software

There is antivirus software available for Android devices, and we strongly suggest that you install one. Smartphones are basically hand-held computers, and they are as subject to viruses as any other computer.

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Watch for Safe Apps Download

Loads of software and applications are available for Android devices, and you could end up unwittingly downloading harmful applications. For this reason, you need to pay attention to the smart phone agency terms and application before downloading anything. Also, you can set your antivirus to check every app that installs.

Avoid Financial Transactions

Never do any type of financial transactions on your smartphone or tablet. If you must do online financial transactions, be sure to use a private home computer that is password protected. If you can get a dedicated Internet line to your home, that is even better, because there is no chance that others in the neighborhood can use your service and possibly access your information.

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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