When it comes to our smartphones, tablets, and computers, we upgrade these regularly. During the time we use the devices, we tend to collect a lot of data, music, videos, pictures, and other files we do not want to lose. To ensure you do not lose any of your data, let’s take a look at some effective ways on how to safely transfer data to your new device.
Gaming systems today have essentially become a type of computer. While gaming consoles have not reached the stage where they are easily susceptible to viruses and malware, like other devices, there are still ways hackers attempt to gain access. One of the most popular methods is to attack online gaming accounts.
Our reliance on touchscreens has grown exponentially over the past several years. From smartphones and tablets to touchscreen laptops and desktop computers, we have grown accustomed to tapping the screen for various apps, tasks, and other functions.
A growing problem in Florida is the use of skimmers on credit card machines. Skimmers are small devices attached over the actual card reader. When you insert your card, the device reads your card information and then sends it electronically to the person who installed it.
Skimming devices have grown more complex in recent years. As soon as steps are taken to identify current devices, the criminals have already developed a new method of skimming card numbers.
We’ve all been there before: You are working on your computer and all of sudden for no reason the computer shuts itself down and won’t power back on. Then there are times we accidently delete a file we did not intend to and worry it is lost forever.
Fortunately, with either of these situations, your data may not be permanently lost. The most important thing to do is to stop using the computer until you can troubleshoot and diagnose what went wrong. Deleted data is not always permanently gone right away. However, it could be lost if it gets written over.
How confident are you that all of your passwords are secure enough to keep a hacker out? Hackers have hundreds of ways to steal people’s passwords so you may not be as safe as you think. Hackers are always hard at work trying to come up with new ways around the latest anti-hacking advances. Their goal is to find a way in and prove the newest protection methods do not work.
New Year’s is a time for resolutions about all those things we want to accomplish in the coming year. For most of us, it means revisiting old resolutions we fell short on in previous years and making some new ones. No matter what resolutions you make for 2019, remember to include some or all of these:
From scammers to hackers, fraudsters attempt every holiday season to take advantage of you if you are not careful. With the holiday season underway, it is a good idea to take a look at some of the more common holiday scams you may encounter and what you can do to prevent becoming a victim.
- Fake Online Websites
Scammers and hackers will create “look-a-like” websites that mimic popular online retailers. The key difference is in the web address, which will be something similar, but not the actual website. For instance, shop-amazon.ca instead of amazon.ca or amazon.com.
Are you among the numerous people that like having access to the latest smart home devices? If so, you could be leaving your smartphone, tablet, and computer all at risk of hacking. Many types of smart home devices are built with convenience in mind but not necessarily security.
From smart refrigerators to televisions and voice activated assistants, there are many devices you could have around your home that are not secure. Many of these devices are “always on” and “always connected” to the internet over your home wireless network.
As mobile technologies continue to expand, one feature many people are gradually adapting to is the use of mobile wallet payments. This form of payment allows you to store your debit and credit card information directly on your smartphone. When you need to pay for gas, groceries, or other goods or services, you merely choose the card you want to use and tap it against a card reader to complete the sale.
As with any new technology, there are concerns over how safe it is using mobile wallets. Let’s look at some of the more frequently asked questions regarding mobile wallets and mobile wallet payments.
What happens if someone were to misplace their smartphone?
There is always the risk of losing your phone or having it stolen. To protect the card data in your mobile wallet, the actual numbers, payment code on the back of the card, and expiration date are encrypted on the phone.
Even if someone were able to get into your mobile wallet on your phone, they would only see the last four digits of the cards. As such, there are actually less risks of fraud compared to losing your actual wallet full of debit and credit cards.
Could someone else use your mobile wallet fraudulently?
When entering in debit and credit cards into your mobile wallet it is always recommended to require using your fingerprint to authorize payments. This way, it makes it almost impossible for someone to use your mobile wallet fraudulently. If you are not sure how your mobile wallet is set up, review the settings now. If it is set to use a passcode, change it right away, as it is easy to hack passcodes.
Could someone hack into your phone and mirror your wallet?
There is a risk someone could hack into your phone and mirror your mobile wallet. However, these risks are at their highest when you are accessing unsecure and public Wi-Fi networks. You should NEVER add, modify, or alter your mobile wallet data when you are connected to an unsecure or public Wi-Fi network.
If you need to add, modify, or change any data in your mobile wallet, make sure you are only connected to your wireless carrier’s network and no wireless networks. Even if your home network is secure, there are ways hackers could potentially access it, like through an unsecured smart device, like your smart TV.
Paying for goods and services using your mobile wallet is actually safer and more secure than using physical debit and credit cards, so long as you take the time to carefully configure your card data.
In the event your phone gets damaged and stops working, you will want to use data recovery services to ensure the data is removed from the device. For information about recovering data from non-working phones, computers, tablets, and other storage devices, please feel free to contact Taking It Mobile at 888.877.5002 (1-888-Call-TIM) today!