Tag Archives: Mobile Phone

4 Tips on Phone Security

2 Jan

Now that you got that new mobile phone for the holidays, how do you keep it safe? The rules for keeping both iOS and Android secure are exactly the same:

  • Install updates as soon as they’re available. This is harder on Android as some OEMs are really bad about pushing patches.
  • Don’t jailbreak/root. Doing this is intentionally breaking the security of the affected OS – it also generally means you can’t install updates.
  • Don’t install apps from 3rd party appstores. Almost all of the smartphone hacks you see start with “an app on Chinese-run appstore…” just don’t do it. Google, Apple, Amazon only.
  • Practice safe browsing. The same things that make your computer vulnerable, make your phone vulnerable.

If you follow these tips and you should be golden. Don’t bother with anything claiming to be antivirus or security software for your phone. Security software needs to run at a permissions level that just isn’t possible on a non-rooted/jailbroken device in order to be effective. It’ll just end up causing you problems and providing no protection.

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Apple Can Disable Cellphones At Concerts

9 Jul

Did you know that Apple first applied for a patent back in 2011 to disable cellphones and just received the grant? The new technology will use an infrared signal that can detect and disable both still images and video recordings. What do you think of this technology? How would you feel if your cellphone was disabled to take picture or video at a concert? Gene Simmons from KISS says as long concert goers are notified ahead of time it’s OK.

http://loudwire.com/kiss-gene-simmons-opinon-disabling-cell-phones-concerts/

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How Secure Is Your Smartphone?

29 Jun

In a recent study by NQ, your smartphone could be at risk from a malware infection. According to the study, 58% of young smartphone users from the ages of 13 to 17 have been attacked from 2011 to 2012. The study highlights the top four ways your phone can be attacked: VDloader, DDSpy, Fireleaker or DyPusher.

  • VDloader is a malware that is run as a client on an Android device and then requested interaction with a remote server. Generally you get infected via a text message, so be on the look for suspicious texts.
  • FireLeaker is malware was disguised as a widget and hidden from view but
  • could collect device specific information. You can get this via clicking on a link by browsing or in a text message.
  • DDSpy is disguised itself as Gmail and ran silently in the background. It showed no icon and hid itself in the app list, communicating with its command and control server via SMS. This was discovered as a client-side Trojan malware.
  • DyPusher is capable of uploading device specific information as well as dynamically downloading files and apps without the user’s consent, thereby causing loss of privacy and potential bill shock.

Install security apps on your phone to detect malware – Android and iPhone.

The Mobile Data Security Study
http://www.nq.com/2012_NQ_Mobile_Security_Report.pdf

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iPhone Keeps Changing World

26 Aug

I was going to call this entry generically the “Mobile Phone Keeps Changing The World”, but to be honest I am an avid an iPhone user. I am constantly amazed by the apps that are being created for it and the gadgets being retrofitted around the phone. Take this Kensington phone charger slash night stand that will keep your phone propped up, transforming it into an alarm clock but at the same keeping it charged.

Have you heard that Tom Tom is now selling an app on iTunes for $99 that transforms the iPhone into a phenomenal GPS tool? I went out on the road with a friend last week and tested the iPhone Tom Tom app. I was amazed at the accuracy of the estimated time of arrival and directions. Yes, on this current version of Tom Tom street names are not available, however with lower end physical Tom Tom device you only get street names as well. The Tom Tom app also drains a considerable amount of energy from the phone. However coming out soon, a gadget that retrofits on the unit will increase it’s battery life, it’s signal and double as a dashboard mount for your car.

We are in the age of the Jetsons. Now your mobile device with the single click of button it can become a state of the art GPS system. So what’s on your iPhone?

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Travelers Bookmark “411 Genie”, A Great Mobile Resource

25 May

Mobile applications are taking over phones from the iPhone to the Blackberry.  But this old school website has superb information worthy of a bookmark.  The website is built specially for mobile phones and for travelers.
This great mobile resource has great listings and contact information on all major hotels, airlines, airports, car rentals, cruise lines, credit cards & checks and couriers. With the economy being stagnant, many families are looking to plan to trip to state close by this summer. If you are one of those families, you must check out 411 Genie to browse all 50 state’s travel headquarters contact information.

A Great Mobile Travel Resource
http://411genie.com/

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