How to Secure Smartphones

Nokia Lumia 900 Smartphone

As a matter of fact, smartphones such as Android and iPhone are more prone to security threats than desktops and laptops, especially while using their WiFi feature. As more and more people are embracing smartphones, these intelligent gadgets are becoming the hit targets of hackers who always seek to spy for stealing critical information. However, with the advancement in the technology, these smartphones are now supporting more and more security features so that the risk of different threats is minimized. Right from the built-in security features to the third-party protective apps, the smartphone technology has really challenged the intruders and even the owners to misuse the phone in the presence of these security options. So, here are some of the most reliable ways to secure your smartphone.

Set up a Password
As usual, securing the phone with a password even today is the easiest way to start. Today, a majority of smartphones have a built-in password protection feature that allows locking your phone. However, there are different ways of password protecting your phone. For example, any Android phone, except for 2.2 Froyo, comes with a swipe grid pattern wherein you connect the dots to form your own pattern to lock the phone. Irrespective of style and type, the password-protect method will only be successful if you choose a complex phrase or pattern.

Install an antivirus
This is the most common way of securing your smartphone from viruses, bad apps, malware, and unauthenticated access. The desktop rulers such as McAfee, Norton, and AVG have already come up with their own unique antivirus version for smartphones, which are either available for free or at reasonable price. Do check out the Android market or iPhone store for apps! And yes, after installing, ensure that you keep updating the antivirus app. This is because the latest patches make it possible for the app to deal with new threats.

Install an advanced spying app
In case you want to track a lost smartphone or wish to keep an eye on what is happening on your kid’s phone to ensure her/his security, get an advanced spying app. The most admirable feature of such an app is that it works in an invisible mode after installation so that your kid or the robber does not come to know about your spying activity.  Moreover, you can keep an eye on the calls, e-mails, SMSs, MMSs, downloaded or captured multimedia, and live GPS location from a remote place just with the help of a PC or mobile Web browser. Some apps, such as phone spy, give you a complete control of the phone’s live screen via a Live Control Panel on its official site so that you can stop the risk activities.

Take a Backup
Many times, the only way to deal with a virus is to format the phone’s memory. Therefore, it is wise to take backups of your phone book, apps, photos, videos, and messages on regular intervals.  Disable Wi-Fi or Bluetooth As a rule of thumb, you should always turn off the wireless features whenever you are at a crowded or strange place. If they are kept on, hackers can easily gain access to your phone from a remote location. Even if you want to use the features, ensure that the data you exchange is encrypted.

 

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Skype 2.6 Comes To Android, Adds File Sharing

Skype on Android

Skype has been the favorite instant messenger for millions of desktop users for years and it is now catching up fast to become the preferred choice of Android users. Ever since Microsoft purchased Skype, they have released numerous updates to address issues in the existing application as well as to add new features to enhance user experience. The latest offering in this series of updates is Skype 2.6 for Android. It is packed with fresh and intuitive features and is definitely good news for Android users.

The file sending feature is considered a must for an instant messenger. Many Skype for Android users have complained in the past about the absence of the file sharing feature, which the PC version of Skype has offered for years. The Skype 2.6 update, although being termed as a minor update, adds this long desired feature. Users now have the ability to send files, be it videos, photos or documents to family and friends, all for free. File sharing can be done via your device’s Wi-Fi connection or through your device’s data connection. This feature should now cover all the file sending needs of the users, for which they would have used numerous applications in the past. Also, there would not be any need to send files individually through SMS or an email. It also supports video calling service for different android devices.

Apart from the major feature of file sharing being offered to the users, Skype 2.6 for Android has many other new things to offer. The code for the application has been enhanced to provide a perked up video quality for tablets as well as for phones which are equipped with the NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor such as high-end smartphones or Android Honeycomb tablets. This is definitely good news for many users including the ones who own the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 or the Asus Eee Pad Transformer. Skype 2.6 also adds official support for the Motorola Droid Razr and the HTC Amaze 4G. Skype is also working up hard to bring support for video calling to almost all the phones running Android 2.2+. Skype 2.6 has also been enhanced to provide an improved battery usage. Other minor improvements include bug fixes, fix for the white screen on some devices when Skype is launched from the recent applications list, voice mail improvements, new graphics, a fix for video orientation on Galaxy Nexus, capability for auto-sign in and fixes for startup issues on Android 2.1.

As far as the availability of Skype 2.6 is concerned, it is available as a free download in the Android market. The package size is reported to be around 12 megabytes. It is recommended that the users should update their previous versions to this latest one.
Skype has always been a frontrunner as an instant messenger and with this new and improved latest update, the number of downloads are only expected to go higher. Skype 2.6 will definitely contribute to a richer and smoother user experience.

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Sun Cellular Facebook Zero for Android Smart Phones

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Some Android phone users are getting some difficulty accessing the free version of Facebook for mobile.  I’ve been using Samsung Punch for Facebook zero on a Sun Cellular network, and am not getting any problems aside from the slow connection of course.

Now that I got the new Samsung Galaxy Y Young that is running on Android, I also got some problems connecting to Facebook zero. I don’t know if anyone has done this, I accessed the mobile site using the this URL  m.facebook.com and its working fine but it I know that it will cost me for the data charges. Then I add a number zero after the m and it worked, so I’m sharing this to you guys if your having the same issues. Here is the URL for reference and to avoid confusion.

m.0.facebook.com

This would probably work on any Android smart phones like iPhone using a browser, it won’t work using the Facebook app for Android.  Although it connect using Enhanced Data rates for GSM Evolution (EDGE) of Sun Cellular, Smart subscribers can also try this out.

 

Level App with the Samsung Galaxy Y

Samsung Galaxy Y

Samsung Philippines released the new Samsung Galaxy Y, an entry level Android phone  intended to replace your first Android smart phone. If your stuck with limited features, level app now with the Samsung Galaxy Y.

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It’s powered by Android Gingerbread OS, a 832 MHz processor to meet your need for fast response. Don’t worry about connecting to the web with its built in WiFi and of course an expandable memory of up to 16GB of storage. The Samsung Galaxy Y or Samsung Galaxy “Young” is priced at Php5,990 probably one of the cheap android phones in the Philippines.

Grab the FREE 2 limited edition ArtWraps if you buy from October 15-31, 2011 a great offer that would save you from buying a mesh case. Right? This would be a great  upgrade to my Samsung Punch that I’m having problems with the installation of jar files.