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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 October 16, 2019

11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

Automations are key to improving efficiency. Set the system up right from the beginning and you’ll reduce the amount of no-shows and cancellations.

Whatever your business is, with automations, meeting scheduler apps do more than just streamline appointment setting. They prime your workflow for maximum results.

Meeting scheduler apps are awesome if you use them right. Use them wrong and you can look like an arrogant elitist.

In this article, I will share with you 11 great meeting scheduler apps you can start using today to boost your productivity.

1. ScheduleOnce

    ScheduleOnce is an industry leader and robust solution. Whether you work alone or have a large team, ScheduleOnce can support you.

    ScheduleOnce allows you to create multiple users and multiple calendars. I use one calendar for booking podcast guests with automations set up to prep my guests for our interview. I use another calendar for strategy sessions and coaching calls.

    ScheduleOnce also has embeddable widgets so you can keep the scheduler inside your own website.

    Starting at $7 a month and a 14 day free trial, ScheduleOnce can fit a variety of needs in business.

    Available on Web

    2. Calendly

      Calendly stands out for its clean, easy to use interface. If you like clean design, Calendly might be your choice. It too has robust automations and integrations for individuals and teams alike.

      You can try Calendly free for 14 days. Their basic plan is free while their most robust plan is only $12 a month.

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      Available on Web | Google Chrome Extension

      3. Assistant.to

        For those who use gmail, Assistant.to is a super simple solution.

        From inside an email, you click on the Assistant.to icon and pick times your free. Assistant.to embeds the times directly into the email so the recipient can quickly pick a time that works for them.

        While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of apps like Calendly or ScheduleOnce, Assistant.to is completely free.

        Available on Web

        4. Acuityscheduling

          Acuity is a robust meeting scheduler very similar to ScheduleOnce. It integrates with CRMs, Email Marketing platforms, Analytics tools and accounting software.

          It comes with a 14 day free trial. They have a free solo account but if you want the benefit of the integrations, you’ll start as low as $15 a month and can cost up to $50 a month.

          Available on Web | iOS | Android

          5. Pick

            Built for simplicity, Pick is direct and easy to use. You can create your own url extension like pick.co/yournamehere and it integrates with Google calendar and Office 365.

            At $3 a month, this is a great tool for quick scheduling.

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            Available on Web

            6. X.ai

              For those who are early adopters of AI, this may be the solution for you. X.ai created two AI assistants they call Amy and Andrew Ingram. After setting up your account you simply CC them on your emails with the person you’re wanting to schedule and the AI assistants will email your guests from there until your appointment is set.

              This type of scheduler feels more personal because of the dialogue. There are stories on their site of people thinking Amy and Andrew are real people. X.ai integrates with Google, Office 365 and Outlook.

              Starting at $29 a month for an Individual account and $39 a month per user for a Team account, Amy and Andrew are ready to schedule meetings for you. Want to try it out first? They do have a free trial.

              Available on Web

              7. YouCanBook.me

                is another competitive solution for scheduling meetings online. You can manage the calendars of your entire team, configure booking forms, and integrate with your calendar.

                They have a free account branded with their company name or you can have some control over your branding and appearance at $10 a month for all their features. Either way, this company is worth a look.

                Available on Web

                8. Doodle

                  Doodle is unique in the space of meeting schedulers because it helps groups of people find a time to meet that works for everyone.

                  It integrates with your calendar and allows you to send a poll to all invited. Once people vote on the poll you can see which time works best for everyone.

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                  You can also run polls for food preferences if you’re scheduling a lunch meeting or a section of town if people are coming from all over.

                  While there is a free account, you’ll unlock it’s potential starting at $39 per year.

                  Available on Web | iOS | Android

                  9. WhenAvailable

                    WhenAvailable is another scheduler that works for groups of people. You can use it to schedule a pickup game of basketball, decide on your next book club or book your family reunion.

                    Their free account allows up to 20 guests, unlimited events and one contact group. For $15 a year you unlock all the goodies including reminders and chat messages.

                    Available on Web

                    10. Rally

                      Like Doodle and WhenAvailable, Rallly is helpful for scheduling meetings and events with multiple people involved. You create a poll and everyone votes. It’s quick and easy.

                      Unlike Doodle, it doesn’t have as many features, but it’s entirely free.

                      Available on Web

                      11. NeedtoMeet

                        Finishing strong, NeedtoMeet is our last app that allows you to schedule meetings or events for multiple people. It has mobile apps, custom urls, easy polling, notifications and commenting.

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                        NeedtoMeet also allows 1:1 Meetings for things like performance reviews for your whole team. You send out the your calendar slots to your team and they can only pick 1 slot, minimizing the amount of emails and scheduling you have to coordinate.

                        While they have a free account, you can unlock all features for only $19 a year.

                        Available on Web

                        Bonus: Don’t Make These Common Mistakes When Using Meeting Schedulers

                        In the excitement of streamlining your scheduling process, it can be easy to forget the feelings of those you’re inviting to meet. I know. I’ve done this.

                        To say “Hey, schedule time on my calendar” feels colder than “Hey, here’s my calendar. To avoid all the back and forth, pick a time that works best for you.”

                        Always make sure to frame your invite with your scheduler app with the benefit to them and why we’re doing it this way rather than the old fashioned, personal way.

                        A little finesse goes a long way. Without it, you risk seeming transactional and cold.

                        Some meeting scheduler widgets you can embed in your site can take a couple seconds to load. If you go this route, make sure there’s text just above the widget that lets your guest know the calendar will appear below and to wait for it to load.

                        If you use an online meeting tool like Zoom, it’s also important to explicitly let them know the meeting will take place on Zoom and include the Zoom link in the email reminder. Many make the mistake of not clarifying where the meeting will actually take place which can create last minute chaos at the time of the meeting.

                        Should you require special settings, like ethernet, external mics or lighting, let your guests know that on your thank you page and reminder emails so they are prepared for the meeting and you end up with the best meeting possible.

                        With clear communication in your automation, your meeting scheduler tools can almost perform like a virtual assistant for a fraction of the cost, or free, depending on the app you choose.

                        The Bottom Line

                        Meeting scheduler apps are diverse in features and unique in design. Before committing to one and realizing it’s not a fit, I recommend exploring which 3 might best fit you and then doing a trial with each of them at the same time so that you can see how they feel as you use them side by side.

                        Scheduling meetings the old fashioned way can be tedious. Conversely, finding a scheduling app that works seamlessly in the background is heavenly.

                        Like cell phones, meeting scheduler apps are moving from a nice-to-have luxury to must-have necessity in the lives of productive people. As you explore your options, stay true to your brand and the tools that have worked well for you to this point and simply find a meeting scheduler app that plays well with what you have created.

                        Featured photo credit: rawpixel via unsplash.com

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