Why is Mobile Security such a hot topic?
The popularity of having a 'Smart Phone' and having an Internet Connection wherever you are has dramatically increased the past two years. However, how does Internet Safety relate to mobile use? You can now use your Smart Phone to do the majority of activities that you would normally do on a computer!
Downloading and using Apps
Oh yeah .. It is a phone too! You also can make phone calls!
Because Smart phones are so versatile and handy, there is a lot of sensitive data that could be stolen and malicious transactions performed!
How do I protect myself?
1. Install only Apps that you NEED!
Many applications are accessing data on your phone without any warning or description of this upon installation. In my post 'Are your applications being naughty?' I discussed a new App by … Read More »
Ahhh cell phones!! I remember when I got my first cell phone. I was in college and I still felt like it was a splurge because the campus did have courtesy phones in many buildings. Now with the growing trend of cell phones, it is not uncommon to have an eight or ten year old with a cell phone.
How do we manage this WHOLE NEW PIECE of technology?!!
I would recommend creating a cell phone agreement. Set up rules for the proper use of the phone. Even though most plans allow for UNLIMITED texting, should your child have UNLIMITED access to texting day and night? I worry when my son finally gets a cell phone, will I only be talking to the top of his head?!
1) BE RESPONSIBLE! Stay within budgeted minutes or texts. Be responsible for any overage fees.
2) … Read More »
The top requested present this year for kids ages 10-15 was an iTouch. Those ages 15+, it was an iPhone, or iPad. I LOVE the iTouch. I got it for one of my anniversary gifts two years ago and I posted on my blog how I like gadgets better than jewelry. Fast forward two years and I have an iPad and iPhone as well. Ok, we get it. Everyone loves apple products, so what are the implications of these AMAZING devices.
An iTouch, iPhone, iPad are very similar to a COMPUTER. Let me repeat. THEY ARE JUST LIKE A COMPUTER!!! The blogs about Internet Safety have been telling us for years to keep our computers in a 'public' location. The kitchen, family room, somewhere where you are likely to be seen. Also, the sites you are browsing can be seen. Any … Read More »