Is there a method to stop my g-mail account opening automatically on nexus 7 ( and 4 ) please ?
On a regular PC / lap-top or i-pad etc I have the sign-in& sign-out opportunity on a stand alone basis – where as I can’t trace a ” sign out ‘ ( and ”in ”) link on the Nexus. I was looking to secure the tablet’s g-mail ( and the phone’s ) with more than just the screen lock ? Am I looking on all the wrong places – or do I need a different solution – could anyone me advise please ?
A very good question and one that I asked too. My reasoning was that my gmail account is the hub of a lot my online activity and having it compromised would be a serious problem. It just needs someone to get your phone, either snatch it whilst unlocked, or steal it then hack it (which doesn’t seem too hard), and the bad guys have access to who knows what through your email account.
So here’s what I did.
One: Think about using another email account for really important stuff such as you bank or online shopping accounts. I have setup an account with a different provider and used a random name, just make something up like horsesausage @yahoo.com or whatever.
When you occasionally do need access to the account, you can log in via Chrome and don’t store the password.
Two: Use two factor authentication. Again, not exactly the answer to your question but unfortunately in this day and age you really need to set this up.
If your phone is compromised, at least the bad guys are stuck on there. Anything that slows them down is handy, at least you have a fighting chance of regaining access before too much damage is done.
Three: So I think this is more relevant to your question, I use an “App Locker” app to restrict access to certain apps. If anyone wants to access gmail, facebook, Play (protects against installation of malicious apps), Settings, etc they have to tap in a second pin.
It seems to be well thought out, tricky for the bad guys to remove and has some nice features to make life easier. For example, when authenticated to my work’s wifi network the apps automatically unlock. Obviously these features increase vulnerability but it’s all configurable.
I’ll pop up a more detailed post on the blog, I really think this type of app is a “must have”.