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The Safety Of Your Mobile Phone

The Safety Of Your Mobile Phone

The mobile phone is celebrating more than ten years since it was introduced to the world, and most of us are still surprised and in wonder about the capabilities of this technology. I wonder what our current life would be without it? With other supporting inventions today, smartphones are playing equal fields with computers. No, you can carry the story of your life in your hands, literally! This is the reason it is quite scary and disheartening to know that if your mobile phone falls into the wrong hands you could lose a lot.

The Common Risks

Our mobile phones are always exposed to all kinds of risks. Here are few a few of these issues:

Losing your mobile phone from robbery

Leave your mobile phone unattended, even for a few minutes could cost you. In addition to the initial cost of replacing your device, there is a chance of exposing private information. All it takes are a few hours for criminals to remove the stored passwords, access the phone book, pictures and valuable information about your bank account. Then continue to blackmail and confuse you and harass your contacts.  

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Social Scams

This is one of the most popular techniques for fraudsters. They send texts messages that require taking action or email with links that are contaminated. Sometimes, they even have the boldness to call you with untrue stories in an effort to elicit personal information from you and defraud you with it.

Oversharing

Treat your mobile phone in the same way you treat your laptop when it comes to sharing. Or better yet, be careful when you give your phone out to your friends even for a few minutes. Why is this? Because your location can be traced through your mobile phone and could allow immediate distribution of info.

Wireless network

Your mobile phone and personal information are vulnerable to hacking when you connect to an unsecured and public network. Using public wifi is not safe and you should avoid this as much as possible.  

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SIMPLE STEPS TO PROTECT YOUR PHONE AND INFORMATION

Your smartphone can be worth more than your wallet in most cases because it might contain very sensitive information that could be detrimental to personal and financial safety and security if it is exposed. Sometimes, we have the nagging feeling that we are not doing enough to protect our devices outside and this feeling should be taken more serious, and we should take steps to protect our phones. Here are some tips to help you secure your phone more and avoid messages, sensitive data, information and important pictures from falling into the wrong hands:

Update Your Smartphone

If you’re the type who ignores updates, it’s time to stop. These updates not only add interesting functionality to the phone[1] but also protect adding new security features. In addition, most of these updates are the developer’s answers to the problems that affect the phone in its current state, so go ahead and do the needful.

Install Security Software

Although your phone developer might have added some security applications to your phone, much of your information is still exposed. You can take an additional step to secure your phone by installing a security software like a Virtual Private Network (VPN). A good VPN[2] will protect your smartphone by encrypting data and information you send and receive on your phone and prevent the growing incidence of computer malware and hacking. In addition, it would also keep hackers and eavesdroppers away. Most of this security software, like VPN, automatically saves data and helps the authorities to track your mobile phone if it is stolen.

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Install SIM lock

With securing your phone, make sure the SIM card is locked if it is important to you. SIM lock (sometimes called a SIM PIN or SIM Security) is especially important if you are related to a contract with no restrictions.

Disable programs from unreliable sources and don’t root or jailbreak

Although it can often be a good idea to download and install programs that are not in the App Store or Google Play Store, these programs tend to be those that are less safe. Google, Apple and Microsoft, as well as the likes of blackberry, keep an eye on the applications included on their websites. (Please know that you can remove the application before installation.)

Use an application to unlock

One essential that may be particularly important in protecting messages and images is to add another layer of security. If you have access to the code that manages to get into the wrong hands, your data may be at risk.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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