Tag Archives: smartphones

  • Smartphone Security Measures

    February 24, 2015 - Leave a Comment

    Smartphones have increasingly become our go-to devices for just about everything we do.  Unfortunately, they also are becoming a target for cybercriminals.   We need to take measures to protect ourselves and our devices from spyware.

    “Chains Joint On Smartphone Showing Security Unity” by Stuart Miles  Freedigitalphotos.net “Chains Joint On Smartphone Showing Security Unity” by Stuart Miles

    Natasha Stoke of Techlicious recently outlined  some safety measures that you can take for your device in 9 Steps to Making Your Smartphone Secure.  Some of her recommendations include:

    1. Log out after banking and shopping - Always sign out from banking or shopping sites to protect your personal information in the event your device is hacked.  If possible, use your banks official app.

    2. Only use public Wi-Fi hotspots that require passwords - If you need to use public Wi-Fi be sure to only use secure networks that require a password.  Unsecured networks let hackers see all web traffic including passwords.    If you need to use public Wi-Fi, be sure to use an encryption app such as Freedome. This will  secure your connection to Wi-Fi networks so that your data is unreadable, and blocks tracking while you're surfing the web.

    3. Set a password on your lock screen  Without using an obvious, simple password, you can delay a phone thief long enough so that  you can use your site (Android Device Manager, Find My iPhone, or Windows Phone) to locate and remote-erase your device.

    4. Get a security app - There are free security apps available such as Lookout and Avast Free Mobile Securtiy which scan apps for malware, and if discovered, will remove it.  They also can help you find your smartphone if lost or stolen.

    Be sure to read all of the 9 steps to stay smartphone secure here.

  • Staying Connected is Top Priority on Vacation

    July 15, 2014 - Leave a Comment

    Travel&Tech- new infographic

  • zBoost Tops Travel and Tech List for Road Trips

    July 15, 2014 - Leave a Comment

    Staying Connected is Top Priority on Vacation

    With calling and texting remaining the primary reasons smartphones are used on vacation, zBoost (www.zboost.com), a leading provider of consumer cell phone signal booster kits, provides the zBoost Mobile1 to boost more miles of cell phone coverage. The zBoost Mobile1 is an in-vehicle cell phone signal booster, that creates a single user cell zone for more miles of uninterrupted voice and text.*

    “Along with the bathing suits and camping gear, technology is now an integral part of vacation packing and with the majority of summer travel done by car, a reliable cell signal is crucial for staying connected,” said Karen Reynolds, President of zBoost. “The zBoost Mobile1 cell phone signal booster keeps consumers connected to family and friends while driving to their summer destination, by significantly reducing their dropped or missed voice calls and increasing their ability to send and receive text messages.”

    The Travel and Tech Trends infographic showcases consumers’ reliance on their smartphones - even while on vacation. Key highlights include:

    • Almost half of U.S. travelers cite #FOMO - Fear of Missing Out as their reason to stay connected**
    • 85 percent of U.S. travelers report using a smartphone while on vacation**
    • 82 percent of U.S. workers stay connected with the office while on vacation***

    The zBoost Mobile1 comes kit complete with a power supply, antenna and cabling, and a bi-directional amplifier unit housed in a sturdy, lightweight cradle.  The zBoost Mobile1 retails for $89 MSRP. Benefits of the zBoost Mobile1 include:

    • “Hands-free” operation to boost signal for voice and text for all phones
    • Boosts in-vehicle signal for a single user
    • Reduces dropped calls and dead zones
    • Extends cell phone battery life

    * Please don’t text while driving.

    **Trip advisor TripBarometer 11/13

    ***PGI Workcation Survey 8/13


  • Landlines Are Being Dropped- 4 in 10 US Homes are Cellphone Only

    July 8, 2014 - Leave a Comment

    Homes in the United States are dropping their landlines and opting for Cellphones only according to a recent CDC study. Four out of 10 households use cellphones only, which is twice the rate from just five years ago. Mike Stobbe of AP recently reported for ABC News, 4 in 10 US Homes Are Cellphone Only, Skip Landline.

    The CDC survey released today, July 8, 2014, is based on in-person interviews in more than 21,000 homes during the last half of 2013. Some of the facts that the researchers found include:

    • Not all homes have phones: About 3 percent have no landline or cellphone.
    • About 9 percent have only landlines, and about 48 percent have both. Five years ago, 17 percent had only landlines, and about 60 percent had landlines and cellphones

    • Younger people rely more on cellphones: Nearly two-thirds of people in their late 20s live in households with only cellphones. Only 14 percent of people 65 and older use only cellphones.

    • The Midwest is the most wireless region: About 44 percent live in cellphone-only homes. The South and West were nearly as high. In the Northeast, 25 percent live in cellphone-only households.


    To read the entire article go to http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/10-us-homes-cellphone-skip-landline-24461249

    The full CDC Survey is at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhis/earlyrelease/wireless201407.pdf

  • Drop Landline-Stay Connected with zBoost Cell Phone Signal Boosters

    June 23, 2014 - Leave a Comment

    While Millennials and Generation Y continue to lead the trend to lose their landline for a modern mobile life, the CDC reports that 38% of adults in the U.S. live in households that have only a cell phone. With this continued decrease in landlines, a strong indoor cell phone signal becomes a necessity rather than a luxury.

    A recent Consumer Reports survey found top reasons for keeping landlines to include: price, reliability, habit and quality. zBoost provides cellular signal boosters for everyone, at virtually every price point and can help consumers finally cut the landline and still stay connected,

    •    Connection: 68% of consumers' smartphone use happens at home. So what happens when this connection is lost? zBoost boosters help ensure consumers are connected for everyday activities as well as emergency situations, by bringing reliable cell phone signals inside, helping prevent dropped or missed calls, improving data speeds, and extending battery life.

    •    Savings: The FCC recently estimated the average monthly landline phone rate at $30/month. With many zBoost boosters a consumer will have paid for their booster with less than 12 months of avoided landline charges.

     zBoost provides solutions for the 72% of cell phone owners experiencing problems with their cell phone service.  Find your solution at  http://www.zboost.com


  • Connected Living Made Easier with the Award-Winning zBoost TRIO™, A Cell Phone Voice and Data Signal Booster

    June 11, 2014 - Leave a Comment

    The zBoost TRIO, now shipping, helps make Connected Living a reality by increasing indoor cell phone signal.

    The zBoost TRIO, now shipping, helps make Connected Living a reality by increasing indoor cell phone signal.

    The Connected Life, propelled by smartphones and other devices that rely on cell phone signals, brings together video, voice, and data services to help keep consumers entertained and organized. The zBoost TRIO boosts indoor cell phone signal for the 77 percent of cell phone users who experience slow internet download speeds, as well as, the more than 70 percent of cell phone users who experience dropped calls at least occasionally.*

    zBoost TRIO SOHO Set up Overview zBoost TRIO SOHO Set up Overview

    The zBoost TRIO line which boosts voice and 4G LTE data includes the zBoost TRIO SOHO™, zBoost TRIO CONNECT™ and zBoost TRIO Xtreme™. The line of products provides a solution to dropped calls and slow data speed inside buildings. The zBoost TRIO models are carrier specific and boost 4G LTE data on Verizon™ or AT&T™ networks, as well as voice and text for all carriers and devices operating on the 800MHz and 1900MHz frequency bands.

    “The explosive growth and adoption of 4G LTE technology by consumers using smartphones and tablets is driving our move towards true Connected Living,” said Karen Reynolds, president of zBoost. “Recent reports find that 68 percent of consumers’ smartphone use happens at home** making a reliable indoor cell phone signal an important component for making Connected Living a reality.”

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  • zBoost Cell Phone Signal Booster Kits Keep Moms, Dads and Grads Connected, Organized, and Entertained

    April 11, 2013 - Leave a Comment

    Wi-Ex, a leading provider of consumer cell phone signal booster kits, showcased today its zBoost line of cell phone signal booster kits as a perfect gift to keep the Mobile Mom, Digital Dad and Gadget Grad connected.  The zBoost line of cell phone signal booster kits connect home, office, dorm or car and prevent dropped or missed calls and slow data on their mobile phone or tablet.  On display at Pepcom’s DigitalFocus, the zBoost family of cell phone signal boosters brings reliable cell phone signal inside and helps prevent dropped or missed calls and slow data, as well as extends battery life.

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  • The Powerful Smartphone: Infographic via CTIA

    March 21, 2013 - Leave a Comment

    Wi-Ex is gearing up to head to the upcoming CTIA show in May. From the release of this infographic via CTIA, it looks like the smartphone will continue to be a hot topic in tech at this year's show.

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  • Gadgets Ping, Are You Listening? zBoost Holiday Gift Guide for Staying Connected

    December 13, 2012 - Leave a Comment

    Businessman working at his workplace

    Wi-Ex, a leading provider of consumer and commercial cell phone signal booster kits, announced today its zBoost Holiday Gift Guide for Staying Connected. Whether video chatting a loved one abroad, wishing your News Feed ‘Happy Holidays’ or simply sharing festive photos, staying connected is a holiday necessity.

    According to Microsoft Tag, on average, Americans spend 2.7 hours per day socializing on their mobile devices. Because 91% of mobile internet access is to socialize, it’s important to have devices that keep up with your connection demands.

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  • Paying with Smartphones to Outpace Credit Cards by 2020

    April 19, 2012 - Leave a Comment

    Smartphones will become even more important as they take over the role of credit cards as a method of payment.  As a result, small businesses will need a strong cell signal in their buildings for customer's payments to be processed on their smartphone.  This will increase the need for small businesses to add a zBoost cell phone signal booster. 

    The following article by Cameron Scott, IDG Services outlines the results of a survey regarding smartphone payments.

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