Posted by Guest Blogger as tech trends
The support for online cloud storage has grown rapidly in just a few years. Back in 2000 nobody would have considered this as a plausible solution. Yet more companies are getting involved with cloud storage, cloud web hosting, and even CDN content farms. I really like these ideas where they can help new businesses or larger companies organize data.
But it is also true that even the individual user might enjoy cloud storage. The performance benefits are much like you would get after purchasing a web host. This may also include VPN access or at least FTP/SFTP to move files between computers. Data backups are meant to get your most important files into a duplicate copy which is stored elsewhere for safe keeping.
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Posted by Guest Blogger as mobile devices
Unfortunately many users who engage with their smartphones on a daily basis do not take the necessary steps to secure their device when mobile banking.
So how should a user go about security their mobile banking? Here are a few simple yet effective solutions.
The first step in securing your mobile device for banking purposes is to set a PIN key. While this option will not save you from a hacker if unlocked, it will stop mobile device thieves from easily accessing your personal information. Along with your PIN code make sure to set an auto-lock feature for no more than a five minute period.
Make sure you download your applications direction from the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, or other trusted sources. Unauthorized application downloads have been known to feature many different types of viruses and malware. Even if you choose to download trusted apps you should make sure they are always updated with their newest versions to ensure a hacker free environment.
An unauthorized app may include a keylogger or screengrabber which actively monitors your smartphone and steals your log-in information and other personal data.
Are you aware that anti-virus programs are available for mobile devices? Some of the best antivirus programs for mobile devices are offered by way of Lookout, Sophos, and even historical favorite Norton.
Anti-Virus software should be increased in importance if you purchase a second hand device from eBay, Craigslist and other sources. Sometimes pre-installed malicious software can track a users smartphone use and lead to identity theft.
The very mobile nature of smartphones and tablets make them a popular target for hackers who snoop for devices on public WiFi networks. Bluetooth connectivity can also pose a risk.
If you really don’t have a grasp on which antivirus program to purchase or download for free, check out best antivirus, a website dedicated to showcasing the computer protection applications on the market.
My personal banking app offers several layers of protection. First, I must enter a personal PIN number which is different from my debit card. Second, I an required to enter my online banking password, and third, the software issues a private image that verifies to me that the application is authentic and safe to use.
Different banks offer different levels of security for mobile banking protection.
Mobile banking is a great convenience for users but it can also become quite the headache if the right precautions are not put in place. Whether using a smartphone or tablet be sure to properly secure your device and mobile banking app before you begin.
A growing number of women have become victims of sex crimes including sexual assaults. In the U.S., the Justice Department’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) revealed that one in every four women have experienced several physical violence by a spouse or boyfriend while an estimated 5.2 million women each year are victims of stalking.
Additionally, one in five women or nearly 1.3 million women in the U.S. are victims of rape each year.
With these alarming statistics, it is a must for every woman to take the right steps to protect herself. Being vigilant and alert all the time can greatly help deter any attempt to cause harm. Learning some self-defense techniques is also an ideal move to take as well as bringing handy personal safety tools in one’s bag.
These days, women can turn to mobile technology for their safety. Life saving and free mobile apps that help alert family members, friends and authorities are very popular today. Here are some of them worth installing on your smartphone. Read the rest of this entry »
Managing one’s finances can be quite a challenge for many people. But if you’re bent on maintaining a sound financial state and experience the lifestyle you want, there’s no reason why you can’t get out of debt and grow your savings onwards.
Did you know that apart from getting professional advice from financial planners, there are mobile apps available today that can help you keep track of your finances? They’re called personal finance apps that can be used with your iPhone or Android phone.
These finance applications work by obtaining real-time information from various service providers such as your banks, lenders, credit card companies and investment houses. Compared to the traditional way of monitoring one’s expenses from saving receipts and paper bills and visiting the bank regularly, using these mobile apps is more convenient particularly to people conscious of where their money is spent and how much they’re saving.
Here are some of these personal finance mobile apps that might interest you. They’re safe to use as personal information is not stored on the servers and even on your mobile phone. Read the rest of this entry »
When I watched “The Avengers,” the thing that struck me the most about the movie was Tony Stark’s clear cell phone. And it struck me because I knew that we probably weren’t far away from having phones like that. Technology is booming, and while we might not have transparent smartphones or JARVIS, we do have some pretty awesome stuff about to come on the market. Read the rest of this entry »
Apple’s big event is due to take place on September 10th where the Cupertino based company will launch the iPhone 5S. A email leaked today from Nuance, the company that powers Siri, tells us that the long awaited operating system upgrade iOS 7 will go live the same day. Owners of existing iPhones and those considering getting their hands on the iPhone 5S after launch already know quite a bit about the update thanks to an earlier preview. Here we give you a catch up of what’s in store.
Apple’s iOS 6 is already one of the most advanced and user friendly mobile interfaces available, so many of the updates in iOS 7 are simply improvements to existing features. The notification centre is one of the most popular features to be added to iOS, allowing users a quick overview of their latest messages, emails, upcoming events and other updates important to them – without even unlocking the phone. However the notification centre can quickly fill up, so Apple’s iOS 7 update organises the screen into a three tabs, one of which displays the essentials for ‘Today’.
Multitasking is also updated – while the method of accessing open apps remains the same, double tapping the home button, the update now displays previews of the open apps. It also now takes note of when you do certain tasks and intelligently organises the apps in the order that your most likely to need them, so if you always check the weather app when you wake up it will bring this to the front in the morning.
Other changes to existing features include a unified search field in Safari and many more voice command for Siri to make the voice assistant truly useful. Photos are also getting an update to allow you to see auto-generated albums based on events such as a holiday.
There’s new features too: AirDrop works similarly to the Mac based version where files can be shared with nearby friends without having to type their email address or phone number. Simply select to share by AirDrop and anyone with an iPhone nearby can be selected to receive the photo, video or contact – they’ll then be able to accept the transfer. This should speed up sharing and encourage us to be more social.
Control Centre makes it easier to do the simple things that need to be done quickly. With a simple swipe up of the screen you can access many features and controls from the music player to the WiFi network. Perhaps the most useful feature is the ability to quickly turn the brightness up or down (useful for not disturbing your sleeping partner) or turn a torch on for finding the way to the kitchen in the middle of the night.
The biggest change in iOS 7 isn’t a new feature though. For the first time in the history of the operating system, first launched in 2007, there’s going to be a major aesthetic change. Out goes the apps designed to look like real life objects, in comes a bright coloured flat design where icons appear to float over the background. The design change was always going to be controversial, especially as it’s such a departure from what everyone knows. However after playing with the new design for some time we feel it adds a sophistication and coherence to the design that was previously lacking, while remaining fun and customisable.
Apple will almost certainly have a few extra features ‘up their sleeves’ that even trusted developers haven’t seen yet. While some of these will almost certainly be limited to the new device, others could be available for existing phones. Discover when these are as they are announced by watching the live stream, or catch up on mobile phone blogs later that day.
Modern cars of today have sleek and functional designs inside and out. Inside such as in the dashboard, many of them have useful compartments that can accommodate personal gadgets and other accessories.
Apart from the built-in compartments, however, there are also useful tools available that can be installed on the dashboard. An example is the car PDA holder.
Car owners who can’t do without their PDAs and mobile phones while driving should get a PDA holder. There are plenty available online which they can easily order.
Most of these PDA holders are the universal type that can be mounted on the dashboard or windshield. By universal, it means the tool is flexible to hold any type of smartphone, GPS or PDA. They’re also very affordable costing less than $10. Read the rest of this entry »
Electronic gadgets come and go. They’re constantly upgraded, thanks to developers who continue to find ways to meet the ever changing needs of consumers, young and old.
The youngsters of today are among the most tech savvy. They have this great desire to own the latest model of gadgets from mobile phones to tablets and game consoles not only to satisfy themselves but also to keep up with the trend.
Some $1.1 trillion is expected to be spent by consumers on electronics alone, according to the Consumer Electronics Association. This is an increase of about four percent from the 2012 figure. The experts attribute this growth to the advances in smart technology to include tablet computers and other portable devices that utilize apps.
An estimated 40 percent of gadget spending is foreseen to focus on smartphones and tablets. An understandable trend as many industries today are now using technological innovation. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by Teresa M as PDA Phone News
The personal digital assistant or the PDA is said to be the precursor of today’s very popular smartphone. Some deem it obsolete because of the latter’s inherent functions which will usually include those that are being performed by a PDA. It continues to be relevant though today even with the seemingly redundant function because some people will still prefer to have a personal information device separate from a phone. Many PDA applications provided by web hosting providers have also made PDA phones more in demand.
For a device to be called a PDA, it has to perform the basic functions of providing an appointment calendar, contact list, to-do list, memo, and calculator, among others. What differentiates it from the traditional style of doing these things is the apparent upgrade from doing it all manually and the possibility of wireless connection . Smartphones just took it a notch higher by integrating phone features this the so-called PDA phones.
Data is entered through the touchscreen while data is stored through the memory card. The data contained in PDAs can be synchronized with applications in a computer. Data update then becomes automatic thereby ensuring against loss of important information. This is easily done through the use of a synchronization software. PDA applications provided by web hosts are typically agreeable with PDA phones.
PDA phones now function as miniature personal computers. Aside from the usual function of keeping record of important personal details, being connected to the Internet allows the device to perform many other functions . This allows users to use the device as if they were carrying around their desk-top computers but of course with certain limitations.
Depending on the type of PDA phone and web hosting service provider, owners can avail of various apps that will enhance their experience to a large degree. BestHosting offers a useful comparison tool in choosing a web host service provider. The Gdesk for one as a customizable and extendable desktop system for Symbian provides launching of applications, plug-ins, and page links by tapping them. One of the best instant messaging experience can be had through the EBuddy Mobile Messenger app. Reading and writing .txt format file can be achieved through an office application called the TinyBook.
A whole lot of other apps can provide unlimited opportunities for further functionality, communication,entertainment, and even learning. There is even an app that can easily convert a PDA phone into a spy camera. Of course with all these, PDA phones have to be first and foremost a speedy task manager.
Posted by raheem as Technology
Increasingly, the most valuable items we buy are portable things we don’t just use at home. Things like laptops, tablets and mobile phones aren’t just expensive, they also tend to be things we use all the time and find it hard to function without. So, when it comes to buying insurance, these are often the things we care most about getting replaced fast if anything happens.
Nevertheless, many consumers aren’t aware of exactly what position they’re in with regards to their home insurance if their gadgets get lost, broken or stolen when they’re not at home, or how quickly their insurer guarantees to get them the use of a replacement device if this happens either on the insured property or out and about.
When it comes to evaluating how well covered you are when it comes to your tech devices, one of the first things to consider is your excess. This is the amount you’re expected to swallow before the insurer starts to pay for things. If your excess runs into the hundreds of pounds, this could be pretty much equivalent to you having to buy a new phone, camera or iPad yourself. If this is the only item you are claiming for then it is often not worth losing your no claims bonus just for a small percentage of the money your device was worth.
Some policies cover things when they aren’t in the home, which in the past usually meant things like jewellery and watches but increasingly is used to cover portable technology. You need to be aware of where your policy covers these items and any exceptions (for example are things covered in your car, or at your workplace?). If your policy does cover things like this, make sure that if you have to name the items you have done this. Also check what the insurance situation is if you take your devices abroad – you may need additional coverage (for example from your travel insurance).
What kind of things are your devices covered against by your home insurance? While your policy may cover you having your device stolen or damaged in a flood or fire, is it insured against breaking down, or you losing it? Home insurance generally doesn’t offer the same fully comprehensive cover for the various things that can go wrong with a device that you get from specialised device insurance, such as you can get from many manufacturers and service providers (for example Apple Care) when you buy your device, or through specialist insurers like Protect Your Bubble Mobile Insurance.
If you are unsure about how well covered you are, it is worth checking your documents and policies to look for any gaps that could pose problems when it comes to your gadgets and your phone. If your home insurance isn’t sufficient for your needs, the best options are to upgrade it, or get some specialised insurance for your tech gear to supplement it.
Laura Ginn is a finance and consumer interest blogger who knows the inconvenience of a stolen mobile first hand! She’s keen to help other people make sure they have an easier time if the worst happens to their own vital gadgets.