How to Avoid Identity Theft on Android
Knowing how to avoid identity theft on Android phones is a similar process to avoiding it on your computer. Being aware of programs and apps that are downloaded, as well as taking care of your information is paramount to avoiding having your information used for nefarious purposes.
Be Wary of Free Programs - just like on the Internet, you should be wary of free apps that are listed in the Android Market. Hackers and thieves use the premise of free applications so that people will download them, especially when it's on a reputable site sponsored by a reputable business. When interested in a new app, check out the comments section and for even better research, do a search of the app on the Internet.
Install Anti Virus/Anti Spyware - if you think installing an anti-virus program for your phone seems silly, you would be wrong. Sometimes people forget that, with the increase of technology, cell phones are becoming more like hand held computers. You certainly wouldn't use your computer without an anti-virus program would you? (Hopefully you've said no). There are a few Android security applications, but the most popular is Lookout Security, which scans all programs that are installed or updated on your phone. It will even send you weekly alerts via the e-mail address that you've signed up with. The free versions comes with a two week trial of the premium version and users are free to upgrade to the paid version at any time.
Check Permissions - when you download an app from the market, it will tell you the types of permissions that it needs in order to work. Some apps do require certain permissions, such as access to GPS or your information, in order to give you the most from the app. Google Maps or CardioTrainer for example do need access to the GPS, while your calendar would need access to say the Internet. Some apps, however, shouldn't need this information. Why would a video game need access to your contact information? Simple answer - it wouldn't.