Many forget that security measures are not only for your PC, but should also be taken for your mobile devices.

Security researchers found that nearly 5,000 unique Android malware files were created every day in the first quarter of 2015 – a sizeable increase over the previous year. With that in mind, we’ve put together the most important Android security tips to help you to prevent identity theft and fraud attempts via your Android device.

1. Google Play

Never download apps from sources you don’t know and trust. In general, it is best to always download directly from the Google Play store. If you see a link on Facebook, or in an email, to download an app, just search for the app’s name in Google Play instead of clicking the link.

2. App Permissions

Every time you install an app, you’ll have to approve the information that the app will access. Click “See Permissions” link at the bottom of the app page to see if the information the app accesses is logical. Avoid apps that require access to personal data unnecessarily.

3. Wi-Fi Connections

Not all Wi-Fi connections can be trusted so it is important to check before connecting to a wireless network automatically. Avoid public hotspots and disable the default search for open wireless connections.

4. Two-Factor Authentication

Add two-factor authentication to ensure maximum security and lower the chances of an outsider accessing your accounts.

5. Android Malware Protection

A key part of your security strategy should be mobile antivirus software. There are a lot of antivirus programs that provide protection for your Android devices, both mobiles and tablets. This not only helps you protect all of your devices, but also provides Android malware removal if your device becomes infected.

Find out which of the leading antivirus software products offer Android device protection in our antivirus comparison table.