Tips to Make your Xiaomi phone Secure and Private (MIUI 8)

    As we all know that MIUI is the native UI used by the Xiaomi phones. But, it is also being ported to different Android devices as well. Such is the following to the MIUI for its features and customization options. However, the first thing that comes up when you think of Android is privacy and security. As you can see, the Android versions are getting latest security patch updates, thanks to the developers.

    You are always in search for more privacy and security though. Through the latest version of MIUI 8, it got more security and privacy features. So now, I’ll be discussing few tips how you can make your MIUI more secure.

    So, to set up the screen lock, go to Settings > Lockscreen & Password > Set screen lock and turn on the lock screen password. There you’ll find three of the options; pattern, PIN, and Password. Choose any one of them and set up a tight password. Elaborating more, the PIN is a 4-digit passcode, Pattern is a simple sequence formed by joining certain dots, and Password is any password that you can set.

    MIUI 8 Security Screen LockFirst, in the list comes the screen lock security. You should have already had this if you are more concerned about your data and others sneaking into your phone. And, if you don’t have it setup, I suggest you set it up as the first step in keeping your phone and data secure.

    The second thing that you can do is, set up an app lock for your apps that you don’t want to be opened by others who you give access to your phone. To set it up, open the app Security in your phone which comes inbuilt, Security > App Lock and set it up for the apps that you want it for.

    Third on the list is a feature named Second Space in the MIUI 8. Basically, it is like a guest mode that you can give access to the people in a whole other space apart from your space. To enable the Second Space, go to Settings > Second Space > Turn on Second Space.

    Xiaomi Redmi 4A Second Space

    As Xiaomi promises, there are always weekly updates on the MIUI to make sure it is stable and secure. So, always keep a check for the OTA update. Each version of it comes with a different protection level of your data. So, always be reminded of such updates.

    To be more private of your whereabouts and location, turn off the location services more often based on your preferences. It not only keeps you private but also saves the battery. So, what is, apps like Facebook, Twitter, and other Social media handles always keep a check on your whereabouts to notify you to check in and update.

    Sometimes, this data may go into the wrong hands and you might be vulnerable. So, turn it off for the apps that you don’t want to give access to. All you have to do is, go to Settings> Additional Settings> Privacy> Location and turn it off.

    The other tip that will keep your data private and saves your juice is to turn off the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity when not in use. When connected, hackers can get a connection and have access to your files. And other suggestion is that not to connect to any public networks that you don’t know of. And, if you do, make sure to use a VPN while browsing.

    Here’s how to setup a VPN

    Next thing that comes up is the backup of your data. You can do this if you already use any other client for backup or you can use the MIUI Mi Cloud to backup your photos, messages, contacts, and notes. Initially, Mi Cloud offers you a storage of only up to 5GB. So better stick with your other backup clients if you use any.

    The other feature that comes handy to keep your data safe is the Remote Lock/Wipe. To enable this, go to Mi Cloud and set it up. You can remotely lock, track, and also wipe your data with access to the internet.

    Last and the final thing is that, beware of installing third-party apps from unknown sources. There are many trojan apps that are being set up by hackers which display lots of ads and also have access to your data. So, just be careful while downloading these and installing such kind of apps. Make sure to be download from known and genuine sources only. And, if you want to turn it off, go to Settings > Additional Settings > Privacy > Unknown Sources and turn it off.

    So, these are some of the tips to keep your MIUI secure. Do you use any other features to keep yours safer? Let us know by commenting down below.

    Sai Abhijat
    Sai Abhijat
    Sai Abhijat is a biking enthusiast, still a student who is a tech geek and a passionate writer.

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