You may not know it, but mobile phones running on Android OS allow users to create a private folder, where they can store any images, videos and other files. A very practical feature to avoid prying eyes. This will make it very difficult to access this folder and no one will be able to see its content without your consent. The only requirement is to have a download manager installed on your device.
Android phones usually come with a download manager out of the box. However, some brands do not include it. If your Smartphone doesn’t have one, don’t worry, just go to Google Play Store and download “ES File Explorer” or similar app. Then you will have to follow these simple steps.
How to create a private folder on your Smartphone?
1. Enter the download manager and create a new folder.
2. In this folder, you should put all the photos, videos, music and other files that you want to hide.
3. Rename the folder to “.nomedia” (without quotes).
4. And voila, everything in this folder will be hidden from possible intruders and difficult to access.
How to see your files in this private folder?
1. Re-enter the file manager of your smartphone.
2. In the settings, find the option Show hidden files or Show hidden media files.
3. By default this option will be disabled, you need to enable it.
4. From here, the “.nomedia” folder you created will appear and you will be able to see the files you saved.
Tips to secure your cell phone
1. Use password or pattern to lock your Smartphone
Setup is easy. For most Android™ devices, go to your location and security settings for instructions. iOS users can find these features in the general options of their settings.
2. Keep your operating system and applications up to date
There are usually regular updates for both that not only add new features but also provide better security. It only takes a few minutes, but many users are reluctant to do so. However, it is essential to improve the performance of your device and protect your personal data.
3. Log out of sites after making a payment
If you bank or shop from your Smartphone, remember to always log out of these sites after your transactions are complete. We strongly recommend that you do not save your usernames and passwords on your mobile phone, and especially that you avoid transactions when you are on a public Wi-Fi network. This is the best way to get hacked by cyber criminals!
4. Turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth when not in use
Yes, they usually make it easy for you to connect, but they are very vulnerable and can even be dangerous. If you don’t use them, it’s better to disable them. Especially the ones in public places. Because hackers regularly use it to connect to your device and access your personal files.
5. Avoid divulging personal information
Beware of scams! In the form of messages, links or emails, all kinds of messages regularly arrive, especially on social networks and instant messaging platforms. Never open content that looks suspicious. That text message that appears to be from your bank may just be a scam. If you receive requests for account information from a company via email or text message, it’s best to contact the company directly to confirm the request. The same advice applies to the use of links in unsolicited emails or messages.