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  • 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.

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    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.

  • 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.  

  • 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.

  • Techlicious likes zBoost SOHO Xtreme Dual-Band Cell Phone Signal Booster Kit

    June 10, 2014 - Leave a Comment

    Techlicious'  Rachel Cohen recently talked about zBoost SOHO Xtreme in How to Get Better Cell Phone Reception At Home.

    There’s something depressing about seeing a single, sad bar on your cell phone indicating barely any reception — or worse, no bars at all. The reality is that sometimes you need a little something extra to strengthen your signal so your calls, texts and everything else go through according to plan. Without that boost, your home becomes a dead zone.

     

    Choose from these solutions for a boost that works with your budget, service and phone model.

    zBoost SOHO Xtreme

    Cell phone signal boosters

    Sometimes referred to as a repeater, a cell phone signal booster is a bidirectional amplifier that enhances your reception whether the problem is interference, the location of the cell phone tower or something else. It receives a signal from the closest cell phone tower from a receiver you mount outside and passes it over a cable to the amplifier, then increases the signal’s strength and broadcasts it inside your home using an internal antenna. Since the your phone is connecting to the strong signal generated by the antenna in your home, boosters also extend your phone's battery life.

    We like the highly-rated zBoost SOHO Xtreme Dual-Band Cell Phone Signal Booster Kit. This all-in-one package increases indoor signal coverage in homes of up to 5,500 square feet. And, it's compatible with all U.S. carriers and mobile devices using 800 and 1900 MHz (except Nextel/iDEN or 4G).

    To see to complete review go to http://www.techlicious.com/tip/how-to-get-better-cell-phone-reception-at-home/

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