The more open nature of the Android operating system makes it more susceptible to the kind of malware that we’ve grown accustomed to dealing with on Windows PCs. Although the scale of the Android malware problem isn’t yet as bad as it is on Windows, it remains a threat all the same. The security software test lab AV-TEST [www.av-test.org], has no fewer than 1.8 million different pieces of Android malware in their database – malware that is typically used to steal your valuable personal data from your phone without your knowledge.
Make sure you have an anti-virus app on your tablet and if you have anything of value on it, make sure you have a copy – after all, you don’t want it stolen.
If, however it does get stolen you can often find out where it is through Android Device Manager.
Finding your tablet or phone
When you log on to your google account on a computer and access the android device manager service (just log in and search for android device manager) it will try and find all devices linked to that google account. If it can’t find them, the device may be turned off, not connected to anything (phone network, wifi, internet) or the feature may not have been turned on on your device.
You will need to make sure that “Lock and Erase” are also enabled on your google account in Android Device Manager.
On your device, you can check if you have the location service enabled by going to Apps, Google Settings, Location and/or Security and make sure that remotely locate ths device and allow remote lock and erase are enabled.
Keep yourself safe!
Apple have had a similar feature for a number of years, set up through your iCloud account.