Warning to MILLIONS of Android users – don’t make costly mistakes

GOOGLE urges Android phone users to improve their security.

If you’re using apps or websites, there’s a simple hack you need to know.

Google can warn you if your passwords have been leaked

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Google can warn you if your passwords have been leakedCredit: Google

When logging into websites or apps, it’s very tempting to use simple passwords.

This makes it easier for you to remember them.

However, this is a big risk as hackers can either guess them or use leaked databases with unrelated passwords to break into your account.

Luckily, Google lets you autofill passwords when you log into a website.

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This means you can let Google manage your passwords for you.

It gives you the ability to use more complicated passwords as you don’t have to remember them.

According to Google, “keeping your data private and secure” is an important tactic.

But it gets even better: Google can warn you if your passwords are compromised.

If you have a password that’s being reused on other accounts—or that was compromised in a known hack or leak—Google will notify you.

“If you enter a password into an app on your phone using autocomplete with Google, we will compare it to a list of known compromised passwords,” Google explained.

“If there is a match, we will notify you so you can take action.”

You should never ignore these Android warnings as they can mean your logins are in imminent danger.

Once a hacker gains access to one of your accounts, it makes it easier for them to access other logins as well.

So make sure you’re using the strongest passwords and consider listening to Google’s warnings about compromised logins.

Ignoring the warnings can put you at significant risk of being hacked.

Set your device to auto sleep

If you’re worried about leaving your phone unlocked around other people, you should make sure your device locks quickly when you’re not using it.

Go into your display settings and you should see a “Sleep option”.

You can choose how long it takes before your Android device locks after you stop clicking on it.

Try 15 or 30 seconds.

Use your fingerprint or face as a passcode

This may seem obvious, but some people skip the step of having a fingerprint or face scan and opt for a numeric passcode.

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Make sure you have one of the above and a hard-to-guess numeric passcode.

Don’t use a birthday or anniversary date that someone who knows you could easily calculate.

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