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Security For Mobile Is Important Too

android-security-appsThese days it’s all too common to fall victim to hacking, phishing, and scams. Most of the time people think that if they protect their computers they are safe. And this is entirely true. However, there is a definite increase in the amount of malware incidence on mobile phones. More vulnerable seems to be the Android platform, but iPhones are also at risk. Many people are unaware the mobile malware even exists at all as it’s a relatively new phenomenon that coincides with the relatively new smartphone hardware that has exploded in popularity in the past few years. It wasn’t that long ago that nobody had a smart phone.

The funny thing is that nowadays losing a mobile phone could be potentially more dangerous and damaging than losing your wallet. While you can quickly cancel a few credit cards and write off the cash lost, losing your mobile phone could leave you vulnerable to a LOT, including email fraud, hacked accounts, and other potentially damaging theft.

Many mobile anti virus/malware programs are designed to help you prevent infections, as well as provide some measures to destroy your data in the event that your phone is lost.

One of the most common mobile device trojans is an app that disguises itself as a legitimate app but covertly sends shortcode SMS messages and bills the phone owner. The only way someone might find out about this is if they actually look at their phone bill and are unable to recognize the numbers that their texts are going out to. And I’m not personally someone that looks at the bill all the time. When’s the last time you saw a list of your texts?

Another sign to look out for is suddenly decreased battery life. This is a clue that your phone is working overtime on something in the background.

So what are some apps that you can get that will protect yourself from mobile hackery? According to this tech website, one of the best ones is Lookout. This program can help you to ensure that your mobile phone is secured against most threats that are on the market. It comes in free and premium versions, and the best part is the signal flare that will mark the location of the phone when it is about to die of low battery life, and then email that location to you.

The bottom line is that your phone is a vulnerable weak point, and the most common method of obtaining data from it could be theft. Ensure that you have a passcode, and enable apps that will allow you to remotely wipe the phone in the event that it is stolen. This is what I had to do when my phone was stolen. I truly don’t like having a passcode, but sometimes it’s necessary because we’re all human and sometimes we leave our phones behind. And then other humans are not so nice, and steal your belongings. Another good idea is to back up the data on your phone (such as photos) in the event that your phone is lost.

Ensure you’re not spreading harmful files to your smartphone when you connect it to your computer by installing a good antispyware software program, such as Spyhunter 4 or similar.

Keep yourself ahead of the game in terms of phone hacking news and updates by bookmarking a good security website, such as We Hate Malware.  This site is great at keeping on top of the latest threats in the security world and informing its readers.

Media Changed Lives Even 30 Years Ago

newtechnologyPeople are constantly bemoaning the way that social media is changing our lives constantly.  But did you know that this fear has long been around, even 30 years ago?  At that time, TV use was on the rise in quite a big way, leaving people trying to figure out how it was affecting our lives.

BUT NOW, Meyrowitz points out repeatedly, the electronic media have blasted away all those ancient obstructions. Because radio, TV, the telephone, and the computer can transmit their signals into any sanctum, you can now participate in a common life without ever leaving home, or bed, or jail. Conversely, it’s now all but impossible to keep the whole wired world from breaking in. and as the electronic media have undermined the old privileges of physical place, so have they freed us from the bondage of print: Unlike books, TV can be deciphered with equal ease by babies, teens, and old folks of every race, class, and I.Q. Because TV thus reveals everything to everyone at once, the print-induced hierarchies can no longer be sustained, nor can the authorities of yesteryear preserve themselves in mystery.

Meyrowitz, then, sees “a new social order” taking vague shape around TV. Now that the electronic media have shown us all the same real world without its erstwhile verbal disguise, we are all becoming blissfully alike. “Male and female roles are merging,” racism is in decline, children and adults are indistinguishable, and our political leaders now behave as informally before the cameras as they do while washing up. Thus “the widespread social upheavals of the 1960’s,” generated mainly by TV, have actually continued, bringing us ever closer to a wholly mediated utopia where there can be no more bigotry or war.

WHAT’S wrong with this picture? While it is true that TV has pulled us all into its orbit, and also true that it helped to make the sixties what they were, TV did not reverse the direction of modern culture. It only fulfilled a process that had begun long before the medium’s triumph. Advancing a theory kof technological determinism, Meyrowitz argues that it is the electronic media that “turn once private spaces into more public ones,” an opening-up that he believes is something new. And yet the impulse to make all places permeable and homogeneous antedated by many years the advent of TV or radio. On his return visit to this country in 1904, for instance, Henry James was struck “at every turn” by what he called the “inveterate suppression of almost every outward exclusory arrangement.” American architecture appeared to James as the result of “a conspiracy for nipping the interior in the bud, for denying its right to exist, for ignoring and defeating it in every possible way.”

Similarly, the eponymous hero of Sinclair Lewis’s Babbitt, published in 1922, is alread celebrating what Meyrowitz calls the “decline in the difference between here and there,” although that fictitious booster was conceived decades before the rise of video. Quoting the versifier Chum Frink, Babbitt extols the vast sameness of America’s hotels:

But when I get that longing spell, I simply seek the best hotel, no matter in what town I be–St. Paul, Toledo, or K.C., in Washington, Schenectady, in Louisville or Albany. And at that inn it hits my dome that I again am right at home. . . . So when Sam Satan makes you blue, good friend, that’s what I’d up and do, for in these States where’er you roam, you never leave your home sweet home.

As such evidence makes clear, the American impulse toward universal standardization was already manifest early in this century. It was this impulse, and not TV, that began to erode the “sense of place” in America, where, over 80 years ago, James could perceive little difference between “the Pullmans that are like rushing hotels and the hotels that are like stationary Pullmans.” Moreover, this impulse was realized openly and eagerly by the spokesmen for American business, who did all they could to standardize the elements of public life, and to invade the sphere of the private, for the sake of ever-growing profits. Indeed, TV itself was foreseen by those businessmen as a great money-making instrument. “Then will come television,” wrote one typically fervent adman in 1929, “creating a new advertising medium, fast, graphic, and universal in its language, a new competition for the publisher and the lithographer.”

 

 

Miller, Mark Crispin. “No sense of place: the impact of electronic media on social behavior.” The New Republic 22 Apr. 1985: 30+