Get Started Today!  (813) 749-0895    SEARCH SITE

IT Professional Services and Business Continuity

Blog for IT Support and Managed Services in Tampa and Florida

Providing Business IT Support such as technical IT Helpdesk Support, Outsourced Computer Support, Technology Consulting, and Managed IT Services to small and medium-sized businesses in Tampa and Florida.

Secure Your Android During the Holiday Season

Secure Your Android During the Holiday Season

Android is a very common operating system on mobile devices around the world, and because of this, you won’t be surprised to hear that hackers are always trying to one-up security developers. If your business takes advantage of Android devices like smartphones or tablets, you’ll want to consider these 11 security tips that will help keep your organization safe.

Be Wary of Connected Apps
How many apps have you granted access to your Google account? Sometimes you’ll need them for a single instance, and others will have you continuously returning to them for use. If you no longer use them, it’s wise to cut them off from your Google account simply because the more connected your account is, the more likely it is to be compromised. To edit your account’s permissions, go to

Maintain Your List of Connected Devices
Every time you log into your Google account with a new device, it’s added to a trusted list. This list needs to be updated and changed frequently to ensure that your account is only accessed by approved devices. You can check which devices can access your Google account by going to If you see a device that’s not familiar, remove it and change your password as soon as possible.

Organize Your Devices in Google Play
Every time you make a purchase in the Play Store, you’ll be given a list of devices that are connected to your Google account. You’ll then choose the device that you want to install the app on. This same list is used to find your device if you happen to misplace it. To remove a device that you no longer use from the menus, just uncheck the box for Show in Menus. You can also assign names to your devices so that you can find them easier at a later date.

Activate Find My Device
On that note, Google has a system set up that lets you find your misplaced devices. Open the Settings app and locate the option for Google. You can then select Security and then Find My Device. Make sure that the setting is toggled on. Furthermore, you want to make sure that your Location settings are turned on so that you can locate the phone in the event you misplace it. If you access the Find My Device tool in your web browser, you’ll be able to ring your device or find your phone in case you lose track of it.

Use Android’s App-Scanning System
You don’t need a third-party security app to scan your applications for suspicious activity. Google has this feature built into the Android operating system. To set this feature, simply go to Settings and navigate to Security & Location. You’ll see the option for Google Play Protect. Make sure that the option for Scan device for security threats is checked. This sets up an automatic scanning system that can run in the background and make sure your device isn’t threatened. In fact, you’ll hardly notice it’s there, unless you encounter a legitimate issue.

Reconsider Your Approach to Downloading Apps
No technological system is perfect, so you should always be wary when downloading any app for use on your Android device. Consider where the app came from--even if it’s from the Play Store. You never know when you could run into something threatening. Often times, you can check the app’s permissions before downloading it as well, which is a great way to make sure you’re not being tricked into giving access.

Check Your Security Basics
Do you lock your device when it’s not in use? You should have at least a PIN in use for when you set your phone down for a moment. Preferably, you want to take advantage of biometric technology that allows only you to access the device. Make sure that you have at least something standing in the way of any unauthorized access in case you lose your phone while in a public setting.

Watch Your Smart Lock Passwords
Google will frequently save passwords to the device to make it easier for you to go about your business, but this isn’t necessarily safe. You should frequently check which passwords are being saved. If you don’t periodically update it, you might encounter complications when accessing an account.

Do You Have Two-Factor Authentication?
Speaking of security for your Google account, two-factor authentication is one major way you can keep unwanted users out of your account. By using Google Authenticator, you can create single-use codes that must be used alongside your password for access to your Google Account. There are other options available too, but you will want to speak with an IT service provider to make sure that your 2FA solution is business-grade.

Run a Google Security Check
Google has a built-in security checker that can give you an idea of how you’re doing in terms of protecting your account from unauthorized access. To use it, go to this link:

Do You Need Third Party Security Apps?
While the security of the Android operating system is a great start, you may find yourself wanting more. If you’re still not satisfied with the quality of your mobile device’s security situation, you can always reach out to a managed service provider like Symmetric Engineering Group, who can recommend solutions designed to keep your business secure.

For any lingering questions, thoughts or concerns about mobile security, don’t hesitate to reach out to Symmetric Engineering Group at (813) 749-0895.



No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment


Mobile? Grab this Article!

Qr Code

Tag Cloud

Security Tip of the Week IT Services IT Support Managed IT Services IT Infrastructure Management Best Practices IT Companies in Tampa Technology Business Continuity Cloud Business Mobility IT Support Services Privacy Business IT Solutions Hackers I.T. Management Email Business Computing Microsoft Malware IT Professional Services Custom Business Solutions Productivity Internet Business IT Business Solutions Business Applications Managed Service Provider IT Management Hosted Solutions Technology Consultants Outsourced IT Managed IT Windows 10 Managed IT Service in Florida Android Business IT Support Managed IT Service Software Mobile Devices Network Security I.T. Support Windows Managed Services in Florida Computer Dynamic Solutions IT Support Services in Tampa IT Risk Management Data Ransomware I.T. Services Data Backup User Tips Backup Internet of Things IT Outsourcing in Tampa Disaster Recovery IT Services in Florida Remote Monitoring Google IT Support in Tampa Browser Managed Services IT Service Smartphone Data Recovery Hardware IT Managed Services Microsoft Office Managed Services in Tampa Bay Small Business Communication Smartphones Data Management Holiday Workplace Tips Cybersecurity Upgrade Mobile Device Management IT Services in Tampa Gmail Phishing Tech Companies in Tampa Office 365 Firewall App Encryption Network Tampa IT Support Vendor Management Social Media Small Business IT Solutions Managed Service in Tampa IT Outsourcing in Florida Business Management Apple Data Computer Services IT Vendor Management Risk Management Operating System Tip of the week Unified Threat Management Word Content Filtering Computer Networking Artificial Intelligence BYOD Save Money Collaboration Innovation IT Service Management Cloud Computing IT Company Business Plan Mobile Device IT Outsourcing Business IT Support Services IT Management Services Efficiency Automation Bring Your Own Device SaaS Customer Relationship Management Telephone Systems Productivity Hosted Solution Big Data Facebook Windows 10 Analytics Data storage Antivirus WiFi IT Company IT Support Robot Retail Two-factor Authentication Passwords Money Computer Hardware Repair Settings Miscellaneous Server IT solutions Wireless Technology Bandwidth Website Applications Data loss Solid State Drive Microsoft Virtual Server Hosting in Tampa and Florida YouTube Virtual Desktop Office Search Scam Administration Google Drive Vulnerability Computer Support Mobility Business Application I.T. Company The Internet of Things Network Congestion Computer Networking Services Virtual Private Network Data Security Wireless Computing Uninterrupted Power Supply BDR communications Mobile Computing Government IBM Employer-Employee Relationship Chrome IT Consulting Unified Communications Customer Service IT Companies in Florida Managed IT Outsourcing IT Support Helpdesk Digital Payment Laptop Outlook Office Tips Net Neutrality IT Management Service LiFi Business Continuity Services Redundancy Tablet Managed IT Services End of Support User Error Budget Project Management Alert Apps Mouse Maintenance Computer Network Services Virtualization Recovery Remote Computing Saving Money Presentation VoIP Licensing Monitors Help Desk Information Technology Training Hacking Current Events Printer Software Tips Technology Consulting Firms Samsung Halloween Legal Virtual Reality Information Technology Consulting Shortcut Windows 8 Superfish Tampa IT Services File Sharing Professional Service Fraud Help Desk Support in Tampa Network Management Going Green Access Control Careers Sync Education Consulting Services Application Scary Stories Domains Software as a Service VoIP IT Consulting Services Patch Management Outsourced Computer Support Alt Codes Files Users IT Managed Service Provider Internet Exlporer Help Desk Support Best Practice Touchscreen Hard Drives Printing SharePoint Jobs Cabling IT Service in Tampa Mobile Device Managment Service IT Sports Public Speaking Technology Tips Spam Digital Networking Typing History Websites Marketing Safety Mobile Security Heating/Cooling Downloads Infrastructure Business Growth Cortana IT Solutions for Small Business Google Docs Smart Technology Programming Spyware Disaster Healthcare IT Hotspot IT Vendor Management in Tampa Knowledge Multi-Factor Security Data Technology Microsoft Affiliate Program Buisness Distributed Denial of Service Managed Services in Floirda Mail Merge Techology Gadgets Wi-Fi Storage Language Network Support in Florida Experience Google Wallet Google Calendar Hard Disk Drive Writing Microsoft Business Solutions Trending Business Continuity Service Providers Break Fix IT Company in Tampa How To Address Disaster Resistance Computer Repair Co-managed IT Dark Data Computing Infrastructure Managed it Services in Tampa Undo Drones Legislation Servers Social Engineering Travel Computer Care CIO Dark Web Managed Service in Florida Firefox User Top IT Outsourcing Company Proactive IT Health Care IT Services Alerts Managed Service Providers Competition Comparison Server Hosting in Tampa Server Management Intranet IT Consulting Service Data Warehousing Assessment Avoiding Downtime Data Breach Business IT Solutions Google Maps Computers Tech Company in Tampa USB Specifications Statistics Flexibility Deep Learning Politics Microsoft Excel IT Support Companies in Tampa Consultation Social Technology Laws Full Service IT Display Digital Signature Augmented Reality Save Time Black Friday Server Hosting Corporate Profile Bluetooth Compliance Cryptocurrency Business Technology Humor Blockchain IT Support and Solutions VPN Quick Tips Hacks Unified Threat Management IT Tech Support Automobile Fun Backups Cyber Monday Health WannaCry Regulations Bitcoin Lenovo Identities Server Hosting in Florida Downtime Hacker Permissions IT Managed Service in Tampa Password Time Management Personal Information Administrator How To Web Server Identity Theft IP Address Saving Time Notifications Upgrades Cameras Mobile Office Hiring/Firing Update 3D Printing CCTV Business Appplications Refrigeration Electronic Medical Records Crowdsourcing Chromebook Taxes Supercomputer Botnet Cost Management G Suite Tech Support CrashOverride Unsupported Software Physical Security IT Budget Machine Learning Cleaning Virus Work/Life Balance Mobile Data Relocation 5G Law Enforcement Private Cloud Motion Sickness Staffing Gadget Emoji Black Market I.T. Managament Error Cooperation Lithium-ion Battery Managed Servers Meetings GPS Emergency Staff Public Cloud Twitter Cybercrime Webcam Tracking Telephony Thank You Paperless Office IT Consultant Processors Running Cable Point of Sale Document Management Congratulations

Latest Blog Entry

Using pirated software or abusing your software licenses for your business is heavily frowned upon. However, many software companies, in an attempt to protect their products, have unleashed a practice that can actually reward those who let it happen in the first place....

Latest News

SEG Awarded Small Business of the Year Award!

Symmetric Engineering Group was awarded the Upper Tampa Bay Chamber Small Business of the Year Award for their understanding technical service and support throughout the Tampa Bay area

Read more ...

Account Login