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  • New ATM Skimmers Put Consumers at Risk

    December 15, 2014 - Leave a Comment

    Card Skimmers can be anywhere you swipe your credit or debit cards; ATM's, gas stations or even your local post office.  It is important to be observant before you swipe, but unfortunately many of these can be very difficult to detect.  Thieves are now trying  a new type of wiretapping device that can steal your account numbers without needing access to your card’s magnetic stripe.  

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    Fox Van Allen of Techlicious explains in his article Beware New 'Wiretap' ATM Skimmers, one way that they do this:

    Criminals drill a small hole into the front of an ATM machine where the “insert card” decal is located. They then feed a wire into the machine using a metal rod to tap the ATM’s existing card reader. A new decal is then pasted over the hole, making the crime incredibly difficult to detect.

    Van Allen also describes another device being used called an “insert transmit skimmer.”  Please read his entire article to learn about this threat here.

    Both of these new devices require a hidden camera for thieves to steal your PIN, so always cover your hand when entering your pin.  

  • Buckhead Business RadioX Speaks with Karen Reynolds

    December 9, 2014 - Leave a Comment

    Karen Reynolds recently shared the zBoost solutions to dropped, missed and choppy voice calls with the listeners of Buckhead Business RadioX.  Rich Casanova hosted the event and Reynolds was joined by Rick Griffin of Midlife Road Trip, Leslie Kuban with FranNet, and Amy Self with Capstone Financial Group.  

    Some excepts include:

    Buckhead Business Radio 11-18-14 Karen Reynolds 2As President and CFO of zBoost, formerly Wi-Ex, Karen Reynolds has immersed herself in the technology, manufacturing and business aspects of the wireless industry and under her leadership, zBoost cell phone signal boosters has expanded into new markets, and increased sales by more than 35%.

    While the technology continues to advance including 4G for data, recent announcements of 4G for voice and the continued growth of smartphones and tablets, there are still challenges to a strong indoor cell phone signal including green building materials, heavy foliage in the warm months, hills and mountains, valleys, and adjacent tall buildings, to name a few. This can result in the potential for millions of unhappy mobile users as a result of slow data and dropped calls.

    The listen to the podcast and see the guest summaries click here.

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  • Stay Safer This Winter While Traveling

    December 3, 2014 - Leave a Comment

    NewsUSA recently described the troubles that travelers often have on the road and the need to stay connected, especially in the winter.   Some excerpts of the article, How to Boost Your Cell Phone's Signal for Safer Winter Travel include:

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    It's the bane of every cell phone user -- conversations that become garbled and calls that drop. These "dead zones," usually happen while you're on the road, and can be frustrating at best, while making you feel exposed and defenseless at worst. However, they also present a critical safety issue when driving during the winter. That's why zBoost, a Georgia-based company that develops and manufactures cell phone signal boosters, is helping people stay connected no matter where they are, while giving winter travelers a sense of safety and security.

    "As a realtor in snowy Ohio, I am on the road showing homes or visiting family, and I'm dependent on my mobile phone to stay connected," said Lisa Van Doting. "Before adding my zBoost Mobile1 cell phone signal booster, I was frequently in areas with no cell service, which left me disconnected and vulnerable in emergency situations."

    The entire article can be found here.  To learn more about zBoost Mobile1 In-Vehicle Cell Phone Signal Booster click here. 

  • INT2View.com Reviews zBoost Mobile1

    December 1, 2014 - Leave a Comment

    Brad Pransky, Editor at INT2View.com, an Interactive Intelligence e-publication, recently reviewed the zBoost Mobile1 Cell Phone Signal Booster.  Pransky depicts the challenges he and many face when traveling or spending time outdoors when cell signal is sometimes weak.  Some excerpts from his article are below.  Please see the entire article here.

    Do you ever:

    1. Travel (drive, train etc.) and find yourself losing cell service?
    2. Hike, bike ride (motor or pedal), explore only to find yourself in a cell service black hole?
    3. Find yourself in the woods, in a tent, with a bear....and sketchy cell phone service? ...
    4. ... Up a creek, with or without a paddle, and barely one bar on your cell phone?

    Who ya' gonna' call???

    NOBODY!

     Cause you don't have a signal...unless...

    you have the zBoost ZB245 mobile 1 cell phone signal booster.

    We have all experienced those times when the signal on worlds end trailour cell phone is less than desirable. If it's at a specific location, such as your home, or a portion of it, there are devices to remedy that. We tested one a while back from zBoost and it worked beautifully. But what if you're in your car? Let's say your daily commute or a road trip you're planning leaves you with the ugly reality of negligible cell service. Let's say you're tired of finding out you've been talking to yourself for several minutes. zBoost has an economical product for that too; the zBoost Mobile 1 in vehicle cell phone signal booster (ZB245) ($89.99) Continue reading

  • Interesting Thanksgiving Facts

    November 24, 2014 - Leave a Comment

    The first Thanksgiving took place in 1621, and was to celebrate the first successful harvest by the pilgrims.  It was a 3 day festival which included eating, hunting and entertainment.  The Indians came and brought with them 5 deer.  The menu did not include turkey, potatoes or pumpkin pie but rather venison, indian corn, fowl and barley.

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    More than one hundred years later on Thursday, November 26, 1789, President George Washington announced the first National Thanksgiving Holiday.

    Thanksgiving did not become an annual tradition until the 19th century.  An American writer, Sara Josepha Hale led the charge to make Thanksgiving a national holiday.  She worked hard for 30 years. She also published recipes for turkey, pumpkin pie and stuffing which became common menu items of the present day feast.

    Continue reading

  • Black Friday, Black Thursday or Black November?

    November 17, 2014 - Leave a Comment

    Black Friday has traditionally been the official start of holiday shopping with fabulous deals for brave consumers who wait in lines early in the morning and fight (sometimes literally) for the best deals. Lately though, black friday has been expanded to start earlier.  Some sales begin on Thanksgiving day, some earlier in the week, and some even earlier during the month of November.Free Black Friday

    Black Friday is "more of an idea than a single-day event anymore," says Calvin Silva, lead retail analyst at Nasdaq Advisory Services.

    We are seeing earlier and earlier deals for consumers. With on-line shopping available 24/7, brick and mortar stores feel the pressure to compete. So how does the consumer know the best time and place to begin their holiday shopping and get the best deals?

    Fortunately, there are a number of sites and apps to assist you.  Kaitlyn Wells of Techlicious outlines these in Get the Best Price with These Shopping Sites & Apps. To see all of her tips click here.  Some of the tips include: Continue reading

  • Holiday Travel Gadgets

    November 11, 2014 - Leave a Comment

    Many of us travel over the holidays.  Some of us travel to visit with family, others travel to get away for a family destination spot.  No matter where your travels take you, you may just want to take along some cool travel gadgets.

    When traveling by car or RV be sure to stay connected with zBoost's Mobile1.  Unfortunately, there are many cell signal dead zones across America, making the zBoost's Mobile1 cell phone signal booster a necessity for keeping drivers connected to family, work and emergency personnel while on the road. Mobile1 hi def image

    Additionally, Techlicious' Natasha Stoke recently outlined some cool travel gadgets to take along on your travels in 8 Great Travel Gadgets.  Some of her picks are described below:

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    • ChargeAll Portable Wall Outlet - This comes in two sizes.  The larger one stores 18,000mAH and weighs 5 pounds.  It provides a socket for charging larger devices, and two USB ports for charging smartphones, tablets, and  cameras. The smaller version is slightly larger than an iPhone5, and can store 12,000mAh of power.

    • Netatmo June UV Exposure Bracelet - If you are heading to sunny skies, this gadget measures the sun levels you’re exposing yourself to and sends alerts to your iPhone.   A UV sensor is located under a plastic jewel and reads the current conditions outside.  It compares your personal data (skin tone, eye & hair color)  to determine an relevant recommendation for you.

    • The Lock Box - If you need a safe place to keep your keys, license, or other small items, this credit-card-sized box with a combination lock is perfect and can be attached under your car.

    • Luggage Tracker - Luggage trackers can be placed into checked bags and if lost, the location can be sent to you via your phone.  Trakdot and LugLoc are two options to consider.

    To see all the recommended gadgets click here.

     

     

  • Public WiFi Networks - Protect Your Privacy

    November 5, 2014 - Leave a Comment

    We are accustomed to always having access to the internet.  Often when we are at the airport, coffee shop, or other "free WiFi" spot, we forget that when on a public WiFi network, we are "public."

    Elizabeth Harper of Techlicious recently  wrote How to Protect Your Privacy on Public WiFi Networks.  She consulted with Con Mallon, a mobility expert with Symantec about the security issues on public Wi-Fi.  

     

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    Harper describes that using public WiFi can expose your personal information and passwords.  "Honeypots" can be set up by thieves to try to attract individuals to jump onto their sites thereby giving them access to all data that you send.  Hijacking is another potential threat where your open session can be taken over, or your browser cookies (which recognize who you are) can be stolen.   However, if caution is used, you can protect yourself.  Some of the precautions that you can take include:

    • Make sure that your computer, tablet or smartphone does not automatically connect to unknown WiFi networks.
    • Make sure you connect to sites via HTTPS.  This will protect what you send and receive from a website  (check the address bar of your browser)
    • If you want to encrypt all of your data, use a VPN service such as Witopia.net or StronVPN.com.  There is a fee for this service.

    Please read the entire article including the additional safeguards you should take here.

  • Halloween Fun At zBoost!

    October 31, 2014 - Leave a Comment

    Lots of fun today at the zBoost Halloween Costume Luncheon!

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    Happy Halloween!

  • Halloween Tech Fun

    October 27, 2014 - Leave a Comment

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    Halloween is just around the corner. Aside from all the candy and goodies, decorations and parties, there's plenty of fun technology to explore. Mashable's Rebecca Levey recently shared in 5 Halloween Tech Tricks and Treats to keep your kids  (or you) entertained.  

     

    • PicMonkey - A free photo collage-based app that uses creative tools for photo editing and graphic design.  They have a Halloween feature that lets you or your kids change photos into zombies, vampires or other scary creatures.

    • Ghost Radar App - A free application designed to detect paranormal activity for the iPhone, iPod touch, iPads. Ghost Radar attempts to detect paranormal activity by using various sensors on the device on which it is running.

    • Pumpkin Pops - Free popping strategy game for pumpkin lovers.

    To see all of Levey's Tech Tricks and Treats click here

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