Protecting Sensitive Files on Android Phones

Protecting Sensitive Files on Android Phones

Protecting Sensitive Files on Android Phones: Android Lollipop, the new version of the popular mobile operating system, comes with many advanced security and encryption features. It forces encryption of user data by default (which is why it takes longer on first boot) and also allows you to protect your sensitive files using a feature called Data Protection.With this feature, you can select any of your files from your device’s internal memory or external SD card to encrypt and protect them. There’s more than an encrypted vault for your sensitive files built right inside Android Lollipop.

Protecting Sensitive Files on Android Phones

The Data Protection feature may not be available on all Android Lollipop smartphones, as some of the manufacturers customize the AOSP ROM and add or remove some of its features. But if your device has this feature, you can follow these simple steps to protect your files with Data Protection:

  1. From the Home screen, tap the menu button (bottom left corner of the screen) and then select Settings to open Android Settings.
  2. On the Android settings screen, under the Personal category, select Security.
  3. On the security settings screen, scroll down and select the Data Protection under Device Management category. You will need to set a pattern lock so that no one can access the protected files.
  4. Tap the plus (+) icon at the top to add new files for protection. Browse your internal or external SD cards, tap the small pencil icon at the top, select one or more files and then tap the lock icon.
  5. Now, you can see all the protected files in the Data Protection pane, categorized under various categories such as Images, Audiocasts, Videos and Others.

Protect sensitive files with a third-party app

Here we will discuss a great Android app that will allow you to password protect files on your Android device. And all you need is a password to open this file on your device. Follow the steps below to proceed.

Steps to Secure Your Files with Password on Android:

Step 1. First, download File Locker to your Android device and install it.

Step 2. Launch the app after installing it. You will see all the files and folders of the Android storage there.

Step 3. Then browse to the files you want to lock with this tool.

Step 4. Tap on the file and select lock / lock there. Now you need to set a password for the files you want to secure with this tool, it will then ask you for a password. enter the password you set in both boxes and click lock.

That’s it! Once you’re done, the selected file will be protected by password protection and you will always have to enter the password to open that file on your Android phone.

As a result, Android offers data protection features in its operating system to ensure that no one can access your photos, videos and other sensitive personal files. With the Data Protection feature, you can put a password on any file you want or use a third-party app to protect your sensitive and personal files.

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