In trying to convince you to keep your Android phone secure, I could conjure up all kinds of scary stories. Think burglars tsunamis, your personal browsing history in the hands of your worst enemy (!).
But really, I’ll propose another reason: Keeping your phone secure can actually make your life easier. I’m not just talking ‘easier should the worst ever happen.’ I mean, you’ll find day-to-day operations work better and you can get solve some everyday problems by using these apps.
This popular backup app works silently in the background to upload your most recent files, settings, apps, and more into secure cloud storage. (You can also copy the information to an SD card.) So if your phone were ever destroyed or lost, you would still have your valuable data readily accessible, including your most recent files.
But you know what? I’ve occasionally used this service to retrieve a file from its storage onto a PC. It’s not the most convenient way to do that, but it’s an option in a pinch. Plus, when my husband and I acquired new HTC phones from T-Mobile, we were able to easily import our previous phone’s settings.
We’ve all heard stories in the news about clever smartphone owners who found their stolen phones thanks to apps like Apple’s Find My Phone. Android Lost offers the same functionality and more, so you can see where your lost phone is and remotely wipe its data.
But that’s not all. With this app installed, you’ll always be able to find the phone that you accidentally left under the sofa covers. Just set Android Lost to beep (from a PC), and you’ll find your phone in no time. I personally use this feature way more than I’d like to admit.
Postman: SMS Spam Blocker
SMS spam is one of the most insidious new trends. We’ve all received unsolicited text messages lately telling us we’ve won a million dollars or to sign up for some debt reduction plan. Not only does this cost us messaging fees, it can lead to malware or fraud.
With Postman, however, you’ll be able to stop SMS spam from harming your phone. Plus, you won’t be interrupted by unwanted messages. Your life will be just a bit easier.
LastPass Password Manager
Ugh. We all hate having somehow keep track of passwords for all our online accounts. LastPass is a wonderful, multi-platform password manager that creates, stores, and autofills your logins.
With LastPass on your devices, you won’t need to worry about creating logins or even filling them in. Just let the app do it for you. As a bonus, LastPass also stores your personal and financial information, so you can fill out lengthy website forms in just a few clicks. You’ll be amazed at how much time you save.
Smart Lock (App/Media)
Speaking of passwords, many Android apps that connect you to online services (e.g. social networks, banking ) will keep you logged in, so you don’t need to reenter your password over and over again. That’s convenient, but not always a good idea. The converse is to require that you enter the unique password for each app that connects you to online accounts, but that’s incredibly inconvenient.
As a compromise, you can set your sensitive apps to automatically keep you logged into their services, but lock them behind the app Smart Lock. You can set all of these apps to require the same Smart Lock password, so you’ll have security without as much the hassle.
Ashlee McCullen is a staff writer for ApronAddicts.com, a website about kitchen fashion and home style. She also writes about mobile technology and self-improvement.