There has been a recent surge in malware plaguing Android devices, especially very harmful ransomware that encrypt and keep you out of your own files. Some, especially Android critics, might point out how that's not exactly new for Google's mobile platform. But the brazenness and frequency has admittedly increased of late. In this age of near unchecked spying, hacking, and all sorts of unauthorized access to networks, computers, and smartphones, users can no longer remain complacent. We all have to do our small part in keeping our devices secure. You don't have to turn your smartphone or tablet into a tank to keep it safe. Here are a few simple steps you can take, and most of them don't even require money!