Secure communication is an increasingly basic need for Smartphone owners. Most users find themselves weighing options. Of course, email is a great way to communicate between devices. But you’ll find that instant messaging is easier and quicker. It’s also much safer than SMS text messaging – that is if you have the right app. In this article, I dwell on how you can get the assurance of secure communication on your Android handset.

Secure your device

If you’re leaving your device unprotected by a pattern or pin, you risk having a snoop access your communication. The first step towards secure communication on a Smartphone is to secure your handset. Download a proper antivirus app (Avast will just do fine) that will help put the security of your device together. More so, make sure that you protect you device with an unlock pattern, pin, or any other tool that will make it hard for snoops, kids, and other unauthorized parties to see what you’ve got going. Once you’ve got this part taken care of, we can go right ahead and see what are the best apps you can possibly use to secure your communication.

Use the right apps

There’s no shortage of communication apps on the Android platform, but how do you just identify the best one. After scouring through multiple lists of the top communication apps, and reading reviews, below are our favorites.

1)     Signal Private Messenger

This one comes across the board as a secure, free and easy to use communication app. Signal Private Messenger is equipped with end-end-encryption to make sure that all your correspondences remain private. It also has plenty of other features that will make things interesting. For instance, you can set up encrypted groups where multiple participants can hold private conversations. And here’s the best part – you need to have everyone else you’re communicating with install this app. Signal Private Messenger has a way of working with standard SMS without losing focus on the security aspect.

2)     BlackBerry Messenger

BlackBerry Messenger happens to be one of the most popular secure communications apps for android. It has broad compatibility than most other similar tools in that it’s also available on iOS, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone. The app identifies users through a unique personal identification number (PIN). This keeps the service private and gives you more control over who can get in touch with you. Any message sent through this app is certain to be encrypted and passes through a firewall. The BlackBerry app can also be used by businesses, who get a unique encryption key as an extra layer of security.

3)     Gliph

This is another free secure communication app that’s available to Android users. Gliph is also available on iOS and desktop, so you can send secure transmissions to any user regardless of what device they’re using. A key feature of this app is “Real Delete”, which allows you to delete a message on both the sending and receiving device. You can also set a pseudo name that you use for communicating then revert back to your real name later. Definitely, a handy app that will make sure that your communications are secure.In addition, Telegram and Wickr are other great (and free) secure communication solutions available for Android users. So go right ahead and download one and get the peace of mind you need while sending important bits of info!Image Source: Phandroid

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What's my model number?

There are several ways to locate your model number:

Option 1
On your device, go to Settings, then "About device" and scroll down to "Model number"
Option 2
Often times you can view the model number inside the device, by removing the battery
Option 3
Using Samsung's model/serial number location tool

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