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What You Need to Know About Malicious Mobile Apps

Posted by Helen Akers on Sep 3, 2020 12:29:24 PM

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reports that in one year alone, $57 million was lost through phishing schemes. Many hackers manipulate email, smartphone apps, online ads, and web browsers to gain access to sensitive data.

Although mobile phones and apps can be convenient ways to get things done, communicate, and be entertained, they can also come with security risks. Most recently, the popular social media app Tik Tok has come under fire for its questionable practices.

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Topics: security, apps, mobile, malicious

3 Ways to Utilize Smartphone Apps While You’re at Home

Posted by Helen Akers on Apr 15, 2020 5:17:49 PM

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the daily routines and lives of many, as most states have enacted shelter-in-place orders or restrictions on in-person non-essential activities, including school and work. More people are now confined to their homes most of the time. There is also increasing collective anxiety over when things will return to “normal” and whether the spread of the virus will personally impact ourselves or someone we know. Spending more time at home has increased the need to rely on the Internet, smartphone apps, streaming, and online-based means of entertainment and information exchanges.

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Topics: internet, smartphone, apps, home

What is a Smart Home and How Can It Benefit You?

Posted by Helen Akers on Feb 7, 2020 4:53:38 PM

Technically, a smart home is a residence containing one or more smart devices. While some prefer to use these devices to increase their home’s energy efficiency, others enjoy the conveniences of creating sophisticated entertainment rooms or automating routine chores. From smart speakers and vacuums to smart home lighting to locks and doorbells with built-in security cameras, homes and cities are becoming more “wired” to the internet.

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Topics: wireless, apps, mobile, smart home

Mobile Commerce and What it Means for the Future of Shopping

Posted by Helen Akers on Jan 31, 2020 4:46:05 PM

When online shopping began to take off with the internet, no one could have predicted the role mobile shopping would eventually play in online sales. While e-commerce sales make up 10.7 percent of all U.S. retail activity, m-commerce or mobile-commerce sales reached 41.2 billion dollars in the second quarter of 2019.

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Topics: tablets, security, apps, mobile, shopping

11 Tips Everyone Should Know About Smartphones

Posted by Helen Akers on Feb 20, 2019 4:29:06 PM

Many of us think of a smartphone as a device we can use to make calls, send text messages, or gather information through web browsers or apps. While these are common uses, smartphones can perform more advanced functions including substituting as a remote for your TV. Besides what a phone can do, there are things to look for and consider before purchasing a new device.

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Topics: cell phones, Technology, smartphone, apps

3 Reasons Why Smartphone Apps are Becoming Subscription-Based

Posted by Helen Akers on Sep 10, 2018 10:44:01 AM

If you’ve ever purchased a smartphone app from the Apple Store or the Google Play Store, you’re probably familiar with the idea of paying for some apps and installing others for free. There’s a good chance most of the paid apps have involved paying a one-time fee to download, install, and use them. But what if you had to pay a monthly or yearly fee to keep using the app?

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Topics: Technology, smartphone, apps