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We all love our Android devices, they’re with us 24/7 as we go about our daily activities. That in mind, here’s a few tips to help with keeping the contents and the device itself, safe and secure.

1. Lock your device screen. Whether you’re on a phone or a tablet, it’s easy to set up a screen lock. You can lock your device with a pin, password, pattern (or even your face!) by going to Settings > Personal > Security > Screen Lock.

2. Protect your phone from suspicious apps. Google automatically scans Google Play to block and remove harmful apps, so to play it safe, grab your app from the Play Store. However, if you get apps from other than the Play Store, the web or a third-party app store, the first time you start to install, a message will pop up asking if you’d like Google to scan the file to make sure it’s not harmful. You want to tap the OK and allow Google to conduct a scan for potential harm.

3. Locate, ring and wipe a misplaced device. Use the new service called Android Device Manager, which can quickly ring your phone at maximum volume so you can find it (even if it’s been silenced), or locate it on a map, in real time. You can quickly and securely erase all of the data on your device to keep it from ending up in the wrong hands.

For more tips, head to Google’s Good to Know site @ http://www.google.com/goodtoknow