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6 Really Cool Things to do With Your Smartphone

Posted by Cellular Chloe on Oct 15, 2012 7:52:00 PM

It never ceases to amaze me when someone actually tells me something you can do with your phone or mentions an app I didn't know about. It's rare but it happens! More often than not I find new apps by browsing through my phones. My phones and I spend a lot of time together!
I enjoy finding ways to use your phone to be more productive. However, sometimes I find things that smartphones do that are just plain cool. Here are a few of them.

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Topics: As heard on Damon Scott Show, Android Apps, apps, Apple, Smartphone, Windows Apps, iOS apps, As seen in ConnStep Advantage

Don't Become a Victim of Smishing

Posted by Cellular Chloe on Sep 27, 2012 11:28:00 AM

Smartphone Survival Guide

If you own a Smartphone or tablet, you are probably well aware that they are essentially mini, portable computers. Which means, they are susceptible to many of the perils a computer might face.  The most obvious is hacking and theft of identity or personal information. I referred to them as portable to remind you that they are also prone to loss or theft.

As long as there are devices that collect personal information, there will always be thieves inventing new scams to try to separate you from personal information. For example, there is a new threat called smishing. We are going to run out of "ishing" terms to name these scams. This is when you get a text message with an offer to get something free by going to a link. If you go there it is generally a website that asks for information. Just by clicking the link the damage is already done. You'll never get that $1000 gift card and there is now spyware on your phone capturing the keystrokes that you type in,  such as passwords, credit card numbers, etc.. 

 

 

Here are a few apps  to safeguard  your phone against these dangers. Most of these apps  are free.

Smishing/Malicious Attacks

Android

 

It's always easy to say after you have been hacked or lose your data, "I should have installed virus protection" or, "I should have backed up." What's really easy is installing Lookout on your phone. Lookout periodically scans your mobile device specifically looking for phishing, malware and spyware. It also checks any apps you load on your device and any websites you visit.

 

iPhone

Norton Identity Safe prevents dangerous websites from stealing your personal information. It does this by letting you know if a site is dangerous before you visit it. This can be downloaded from the AppStore for free.

 

 

 

Loss/Theft

 

Android 

This is the first and only phone locating app that you download AFTER you've already lost your phone. Having  Lookout on your phone is the best way to protect your phone and find it fast, but use  Plan B if you have already lost your phone and didn't already have Lookout installed. From another device, you can send the app to your phone OTA (over-the-air), as long as the phone is on. It will turn on the GPS and gmail your coordinates on a map back to you. I swear by this app as about a year ago my Droid Bionic was stolen nd using this app and the help of the police, I got it back.
Verizon Mobile Security provides antivirus protection to detect viruses and malware. It will also identify and warn customers of suspicious websites. That tier of the software is free. The next tier, available for $1.99/month per line,  Verizon Mobile Security Premium also provides a recovery feature that allows customers to remotely locate, alarm, lock or wipe data from a lost or misplaced device using their My Verizon accounts.

 

 

iPhone

 

Find My iPhone works on iPhones, iPad, iPod Touch or Mac. This will let you use another device to find and protect your data. Find My iPhone will help you locate your missing device on a map. From there you can choose to display a message, play a sound at full volume for two minutes, remotely lock your device or erase your data from it.  You can even write a message and display it on your screen. Something like, “If found, Please call me at 408-555-0198.” Your message appears, even if the screen is locked.

One thing to be aware of in OS6. if you turn off location services, it will disable Find My iPhone.

 

 

Lookout is an easy way to protect your iOS device from loss. You can use the Internet or another phone to determine the missing device’s location. It will also back up your data and protect your personal information. Then you can send a loud alarm to pinpoint its location, even if it's on silent.

Stay safe out there!

-CC

 

 

 


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Topics: Android Apps, Android, Lookout, cell phone scams, cell phone, iphone, iOS apps, Tablet, Iphone4S, As Read in CONNStep Advantage, iPhone5, iPad, As seen in ConnStep Advantage

Cellular Chloe the Columnist

Posted by Cellular Chloe on Aug 15, 2012 4:03:00 PM

The second issue of ConnStep Advantage Magazine is out and my Password article is in it. Instead of just a column this issue, they gave me a whole Page! They are probably sorry they asked me to contribute, since I have so much to say! Anyway, check it out and please share it if you like it! Everyone is responsible for keeping their own identity secure. Remember that!

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Topics: As seen in ConnStep Advantage

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