Sunday, 19 January 2014

Tips for being safe on your mobile device

The merriment of Christmas is behind us and a New Year of wonder. and sometimes worry, is in front of us.  Here are a few tips to help ease some of those worries with the new devices like mobile phones and tablets so lovingly given over the festive season, or about to be bought in the sales.

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Don’t buy a fashion accessory when buying a Smartphone.  Take time to research its features and how it can benefit you.  Learn its default settings when you purchase and turn off features not needed i.e. Bluetooth, GPS.  This will prolong the battery life and minimise security risks.

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Depending on the type of phone, the operating system may have encryption available. This can be used to protect the user's personal data in the case of loss or theft.

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With the increase of bogus application on mobile markets you should look at the developer/company publishing the application and what you accept when agreeing to their terms.

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Protect your mobile device with a passcode.  Make sure your screen lock is set for minimum period of time for non-activity.  This will automatically lock your device stopping unauthorised usage.

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Formalise yourself with the applications that enable Geo-location. The application will track the user's location wherever you happen to be. This application will be used maliciously

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Be aware that by modifying (rooting) your device from the way executed by the phone manufacturer will increase the vulnerability for it to be attacked. This will also stop some applications from working, for example BBC iPlayer and Sky Go.

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Be aware of connecting to unknown wireless networks and if you have to use them avoid using online banking and purchasing via debit card or PayPal.  Information of your details can be captured.

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When you upgrade your device and you decide to sell your old device ensure you factory restore and format the device any internal SD card.

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Treat your device the same as you treat your personal computer by not clicking on unknown links on emails or internet pages.  Be aware website addresses are now often shortened and you cannot be sure where they are linking to until you get there.

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Obtain an Awarding winning internet security software, F-Secure, to protect you from malware, viruses and other attacks. This has the added advantage of features such as added features of parental control, anti-theft/phone locate, call barring and even a facility to stop Sim change.

At Verbo Computers Ltd we like to give a little extra, so if you have a worry or questions please send us an email on or call on 01474 353277 and we will give you an answer. 

Windows 8 Menu

November 2013: This month we see the roll-out of Windows 8.1 and about time; Windows 8 got it’s a Start button back. After 5 months of the launch of Microsoft Windows 8 they are returning back to the  Windows desktop and Start button in-place (not the same as Windows 7) of the new touchscreen driven Metro UI. The new metro will now become an application launch program. Other than a few bug fixes they have made it more flexible allowing resizing and layered apps in Metro UI.
Although the Start button is back you have to right click to get to use the menu.  We still think to give some usability with the desktop a old style would be very useful.  Our advice would be to try third-party menu like classic shell or even better Pokki menu from  this is a different menu to Windows 7, however with companies like Lenovo installing this on their Windows 8 computers this does give the software creditability