I just got my 12 year old son a Android tablet and as a lot of you know i have never had a mobile phone or tablet and i would like some advice on how to set it up securely. Cheers any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Un-rooted would not know how to do that anyway.rooted or un-rooted tablet? because suggestions are way too different in both.. and what are your main basic security concerns? like ads or camera or pictures just to name a few.
Thanks very much after all this is my boy we are talking about here.@frogboy As the Android device is new, I would avoid attempting to root the device. Also I suggest you first play around with Android so you know how to use it, if something were to happen. Browse the settings. Don't jump on the "Android needs an Antivirus" bandwagon, just yet.
This guide is great and recommend to bookmark and read when you get time.
Enlist in the Android Army: A beginner’s guide to Android
Google Play Store and Apps
To find out about Restricting Apps (based on content rating) see Parental Controls and Unwanted Purchases.
Your device may come with pre-installed Google and third-party apps, these can be disabled, so you don't need to update them, if you don't want them enabled.
Android OS takes approx. 4GB. How much internal storage does your Android device hold, how much is available and is there a micro SD card slot for additional space?
Google's Android Device Manager is your go-to for Anti-Theft, without needing to download or buy third-party apps. Android Device Manager is also available for download, as an app from Google Play Store. For ADM to work as intended, for example, Lock or Remotely Wipe the device, enable it under Device administrators.
Settings > Security > Device administrators > Android Device Manager [x]
To locate your device, GPS and Wi-Fi locations are used - this is standard for any Anti-Theft app.
To use Encryption you need to set up a secure lockscreen. You can use encryption to secure data on it's internal storage, no data is lost during the process. External (micro SD) storage can also be encrypted, but data will be wiped during the process.
Request for Accessibility may break encryption.
You can protect your Android device with a Pattern / PIN / Password or Fingerprint (if supported). They can be simple and easy to remember, or complex, but don't forget the combination.
RAM and Storage Cleaners
Snake oil warning: These are not intended for Android so avoid using any RAM / Memory / Storage cleaners. Claims to free GB's of space aren't accurate, as the .thumbnail folder is around 4GB in size, this is normal on Android.
The most probable use of storage, except for downloaded apps and user data are the cached files. However this can be resolved easily by clearing the cache.
Settings > Storage (takes a while to calculate) > Tap on Cache > Clear
Your Android device is linked to your Google account and it's services. A few examples:
Android Device Manager - Locate, Wipe, Ring your device
Google Play Store - Purchases and authorised devices
Google Maps - Location History, Saved Places etc.
Google Chrome - Sync'd bookmarks, history and settings
Google App - For search and Google Now cards
Google+ - Required for Beta app testing, or being part of a community / social networking
Youtube - to subscribe and comment, also watch age-restricted videos
In its purest form I recommend Bitdefender Free for Android. It scans apps on install/update. Don't be fooled by the extra features from other vendros, most are bloatware or contain In-App Ads.
You may encounter fake scareware websites that trick users into thinking their device is infected and redirect to other sites or Google Play Store to boost their reputation/ratings. From experience, I have seen DU Apps (Battery Booster) and 360 Mobile Security use these tactics.
Removing suspicious apps from Device Administrators.
Apps downloaded from Unknown Sources (ie. Outside of Google Play Store)
These are just some things, but there's a lot more to learn. If you have any more questions or concerns as a parent, feel free to ask by tagging my username.