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Complete Guide to Manage Samsung Galaxy S5 Security Settings

By: Grace Gajetes-Hisona | Saturday, July 5, 2014

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Among the options to configure for securing information on your Samsung Galaxy S5 include Encryption, Passwords, Device Administration, Security Update Service, and Credential Storage. Read on to learn how to manage each of these options on the phone settings, so as to enhance your phone's security feature, anytime and anywhere you go.



A. How to configure Encryption settings on the Galaxy S5

1. Tap on Apps from the Home screen to begin with.

2. Tap to select Settings.

3. Tap on the Security icon.

4. Choose from any of the following encryption options:
  • Encrypt device - To get started, tap on Set screen lock type and then follow the on-screen prompts to complete the entire information encryption procedure.
  • Encrypt external SD card - Tap on Set screen lock type to begin with, and then follow the on-screen prompts to encrypt information on a preferred memory card installed on the phone.
Note:

To avoid any issues when performing encryption, be sure to have your phone battery charged to at least 80%. Otherwise, it would be better to plug your phone into the power source and leave it charging during the encryption process.

B. How to configure Passwords settings on the Galaxy S5

As recommended, use the Make passwords visition setting to view password characters as you type them into the password fields. Doing so will help prevent incorrect password entries. Follow these steps:

1. Tap on Apps from the Home screen, to get started.

2. Select Settings to continue.

3. Tap on Security.

4. Tap to check the box next to Make passwords visible. Doing so will enable the setting. Tap on the same check box to disable it.

C. How to configure Device Administration settings on the Galaxy S5

There are some apps that would require you to allow access to your device through device administrators in certain circumstances, like when you lost your device or it is stolen.

Among the features that a device administrator can handle include the following:
  • Setting the number of failed password attempts before the device is restored to default factory settings.
  • Locking the device automatically.
  • Restoring the device's factory settings.
These are the steps to configure Device Administration options on the GS5 handset:

1. Tap on Apps from the Home screen.

2. Tap Settings to continue.

3. Tap on the Security icon, and then select any of the following security options:
  • Device administrators - This option allows you to enable, view or disable device administrators on the phone. Under device administrators is the Android Device Manager option that lets you lock or erase a lost device. To get this done, you need to enable Android Device Manager.
  • Unknown sources - This option will enable or disable your phone's ability to install apps from unknown sources other than Google Play Store. Just tap the check box to turn this option on or off.
  • Verify apps - This option will enable or disable a warning before installing applications that may cause harm or some issues afterward. Tap the check box to turn this option on or off.
D. How to configure Security Update Service settings on the Galaxy S5

This is where you go to select options for updating security policy on your phone. Follow these steps:

1. Tap Apps from the Home screen.

2. Tap to select Settings next.

3. Tap on the Security icon, and then choose any of the following options to configure:
  • Security policy updates - When enabled, this option lets the phone automatically check for changes to the security policy and then download any updates available for better security and service. Perform the following steps to enable this option.
a. Tap on the check box next to Automatic updates. Doing so will enable or disable automatic updating of the phone's security policy when connected to preferred networks.

b. Tap Preferred networks, to choose an option for downloading security updates on the phone.

c. Tap Check for updates, if you want to manually check for updates.
  • Send security reports - When enabled, this option lets the phone only send security reports to Samsung when it is connected to a Wireless network.
E. How to configure Credential Storage on the Galaxy S5

You may use the phone's Credential storage settings to allow applications to access the security certificates and other credentials. Follow these steps to configure this feature:

1. Tap on Apps from the Home screen.

2. Tap Settings to continue.

3. Tap on the Security icon.

4. Tap any of the following options to configure:
  • Storage type - This option lets you choose a storage type to store data in key-value pairs, in a private database, on the device memory or your own network server.
  • Trusted credentials - Tap this option if you want to view credentials you have installed on your phone.
  • Install from phone storage - Tap this option if you want to install encrypted certificates from an available memory card installed on the phone.
  • Clear credentials - Tap this option if you want to clear or remove stored credentials and reset the password. This option is only available when credentials are installed on the device, though.
Hope this helps.




 

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