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Protect the security of your personal files

Add a PIN code to your pictures, music and more

With the emergence of cloud storage, developers have been keen to implement new ways users can safely secure files both stored within the cloud and internally on a device. There’s been everything from password systems to account vaults that all work well, but none are quite as easy as Andrognito. The app uses a three-layer encryption service so that only users with a specified PIN can gain entry to certain files, while also catering for nearly every type of file you could encounter when using your Android phone or tablet.

If your device does fall into the wrong hands it’s no problem, as the app has a unique fake vault feature, which will send users to a fake vault that can be created, with your sensitive data still remaining completely safe. It’s an incredibly useful set of features and in this tutorial we’ll show you how by using Andrognito, you can safely secure your internally stored files and point out some of its other amazing uses as well.

For even more tutorials, make sure to check out the latest issue of Android Magazine.

  1. step1

    Add login details

    Users will first need to enter a username and unique PIN to create a Andrognito account. The PIN will act as a gateway to your account so make sure it’s varied, but also easy enough for you to remember. Once created, Andrognito will search for all of your saved files.

  2. step2

    Initial search

    All your files will be distributed into different folders, depending on the directory to which they were saved. Against each type of file you’ll see a small icon that can help differentiate it between a document, audio and video files. Unknown file types won’t be listed with the app.

  3. step3

    Secure chosen files

    Once you’ve located some files you want to secure within Andrognito, long-press on one file and then manually press the remaining ones until they’re all ticked. Now press the padlock icon at the top of the app to make them only accessible through your created PIN.

  4. step4

    Find secure files

    Press on the menu icon at the top-left of the app to open up the app’s side menu. Under the files listing you should now see a number that corresponds to the number of files that you’ve secured. Each of these will be saved under a specified tab at the top of the app.

  5. step5

    Using flash mode

    As well as securing individual files, users can also secure folders full of files at the same time. Long-press on a specified folder and press the lightning icon at the bottom of the app. The app will now scan the folders for important files and add them to the secured list.

  6. step6

    Choose to unsecure

    Depending on the type and size of file you’re trying to remove PIN protection from, you may be required to enter your login details once again. It can take a little while for the files to unhide, but a small pop-up will appear once the process has been completed.

  7. step7

    Await for confirmation

    You can order the various files and folders in a number of different ways. Remember these are the folders you’ve accessed during the past year, so you’re refining a search within a search. You should definitely check which you’ve used most recently, and which are taking up the most space.

  8. step8

    Add to favourites

    After a prolonged period of time, you may find that Andrognito moves some of your files around and places them into different tabs. The app tracks how you interact with your secured files, so you may find some of them appear in the Favourites tab down the line.