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How Smart is Your House?

Posted by Cellular Chloe on Mar 14, 2013 2:56:00 PM

How Smart Is Your House?


How many times have you left your home and had to turn around and go back to ensure you locked the door or shut off the iron. Maybe you were on your way to a meeting or appointment or heading off on vacation and were prevented from going back home to check. Imagine being able to use your smartphone like a universal remote control for your home? Thanks to Verizon products and services, that concept is now a reality. 

 

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Topics: As heard on Damon Scott Show, Android, Smartphone, Mobile Broadband, Phablet, iphone, As seen on Fox 61, Tablet, Verizon

Phishing and Smishing? Coming Soon to a Mobile Device Near You

Posted by Cellular Chloe on Aug 21, 2012 12:49:00 PM
Phishing
Have you heard of Phishing? It's like fishing, but the bait is your nievity regarding your cell phone.  It generally happens when you get an email asking for you to update information from a bank or other institution that might already have your information. However, the sender is someone other than a reputable source, hoping you are on your cell phone and hoping you'll sense an urgency to respond instead of worrying about where the message came from. On your computer it is much easier to spot scams and phishing than it is on your cell phone, especially since the link might take you to a sight that looks like your bank. After all, anyone can lift a logo online and build a webpage with a form.

Smishing
Now there is a new scam to keep an eye out for. It's called Smishing. It entails the same bait as before but it uses SMS to get the message to you. It might be in the form of an offer, a coupon or various other offers people fall for. The way it works is you'll get a text message with a call to action usually in the form of a link. Use your common sense. If it looks too good to be true, it most likely is. 
Just between North America and 2 other countries, 30 million such messages are sent daily. In the US alone there are 300 million mobile devices and 72% of then use text messaging.
A study done by Cloudmark shows that SMS offers a better ROI (return on investment) than email spam. So you can expect to see more and more of it. 
Metropolitan areas are more prevalent as spammers tend to gravitate toward living in those areas. One benefit of major metro areas is that long code providers are more prevalent. Short codes need a mobile device to push out the message whereas Long codes are executed from a 10-digit phone number (no mobile device is needed). Those 10-digit virtual numbers enable the sending and receiving of SMS over landlines. Long codes are not only low cost and efficient, the virtual numbers are not tightly regulated as short codes and startup times take days not months.

Safeguards
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." Do you know what's really easy? installing Lookout or another virus protection to your phone. You wouldn't run your computer without Norton or some antivirus software. Your smartphone is a mini computer vulnerable to many of the same hazards as your laptop or desktop. Lookout periodically scans your mobile device specifically looking for phising, malware and spyware. It also checks any apps you load on your device and any websites you visit.

What to do about it
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Topics: Android, Apple, Lookout, Mobile Broadband, cell phone scams

Now It's Incredible and 4G!

Posted by Cellular Chloe on Jul 3, 2012 10:10:00 AM


At 4G speed, this HTC Incredible 4G will be in stores before you know it!

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Topics: Android, Mobile Broadband, HTC, Ice Cream Sandwich, cell phone, games, 4G LTE, Announcements

What Do You Do With a Drunken Sailor; a Tale of Mobile Broadband

Posted by Cellular Chloe on Dec 6, 2011 2:15:00 PM

So I'm on this cruise ship in the middle of nowhere and I find myself yet again without my phone, or at least it's fullest capabilities (data). I bought an internet package at the ships' cyber cafe but I had to sign over my firstborn. The joke is on them, my child bearing years are over. I would have picked the arm and a leg payment plan but if I was suddenly missing an arm and a leg, I'd have bigger problems than needing access to the ship's hotspot.

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Topics: Mobile Broadband

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