Who doesn’t love a good mobile game or social networking app? The question is, do you love them enough to open yourself up to security threats? Probably not, but if you don’t make a habit of logging out of Google Play, you could be leaving yourself exposed.
Don’t worry, though, logging out only takes a few simple steps that won’t impede your day.
The Universal Google Account
Google play is the Android equivalent of Apple’s App Store, only it offers an even greater range of options for download, including movie rentals. The problem is that logging into Google Play requires that you log into your Google account, which likely has a great deal of personal information associated with it.
You can never be too safe when it comes to cyber security, so why not take the extra step of logging out once you’ve finished browsing Google Play?
Exiting Your Account
For the purpose of ease, your device will automatically keep you logged into Google Play. As kind of a gesture as this is, it means that you’re responsible for remembering to log yourself out after use. Luckily, your Android device makes it easy to do. Simply access your settings, go to “accounts & sync,” select the account you’d like to log out, and then you’re done.
If you’ve lost your phone and need to log your account out from your desktop, that’s possible too. Just go to play.google.com where you should see your account listed in the upper right hand corner. Click on your icon, and then hit “sign out” in the bottom right corner.
Logging out of Google Play simply gives you extra peace of mind that you won’t fall victim to identity theft, and that peace of mind is worth the few seconds that it requires.