27 Oct

Could Your Smart Home Devices Be Unsecure and Easily Hacked?

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.

Smart Home Devices Be Unsecure

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15 Sep

How Secure Are Mobile Wallet Payments?

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.

Secure Mobile Wallet Payments

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.

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07 Aug

Tips on How Fix Some of the Most Common Smartphone Problems

As more and more people rely upon their smartphones for more than just their phone, it seems like the number of problems and issues we experience are on the rise. Fortunately, many of the smartphone common problems we experience can be resolved on your own without having to take your phone to a repair technician.

 

Fix Smartphone Problems

 

 

  • Cracked Screens: The easiest way to prevent a cracked screen is to get a screen protector. If your screen is already cracked, you can replace the screen yourself. Just remember to check out videos on YouTube first to make sure it is something you can do.

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31 Jul

You Could Have a Hidden Fortune with Certain Outdated Technology Devices

As advances in technology happen fairly quickly, the average life span for devices today is about two years. Many of us do not even wait that long and upgrade our smart devices every time a new model is released every year.

Outdated Technology Devices

 

Eventually, most of us end up with a box full of old and outdated technology devices that gets forgotten. If you have a collection of old devices, electronics, computers, or even video game consoles that are sitting in your attic or basement, they could be worth a small fortune.

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28 Jun

Why Do I Keep Getting Viruses on My Devices?

You installed anti-virus protection on your computer, smartphone, and tablet devices, yet for some reason they keep getting infected. Your device crashes or you get strange pop-ups. You are worried about your personal data, time spent removing the problem, and other concerns and just want to know how to make this problem stop.

Getting Virus on device

 

Well, there can be several reason why you keep getting viruses on your devices which could include:

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28 May

Preparing Your Smartphone for Your Summer Vacation Holiday

With the summer holiday travel season soon upon us, now is a great time to review some essential tips and suggestions on how to prepare your smartphone for travel. Whether you will be driving, flying, or enjoy time onboard a cruise ship, you will want to make sure your phone is protected against accidental damages and potential data loss.

Preparing Your Smartphone for Your Summer Vacation Holiday

Tip #1: Do a complete backup of your devices prior to departing. Take the time to do a full backup of all of the data, apps, pictures, music, videos, and so on that are on your smartphone. There are different backup methods you can use, including the Cloud or your desktop or laptop computer. If you back device data up on your computer, it is recommended to make a backup of your backup either to the Cloud or onto a removable storage device as an extra precaution. read more

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22 Apr

Remember to Spring Clean Your Electronic Devices

When most people think about spring cleaning, they focus on cleaning up their homes, getting rid of excess clutter, and making some renovations or improvements to their living spaces. However, they tend to overlook spring cleaning their electronic devices too!

Remember to Spring Clean Your Electronic Devices
Over the course of a year, you can acquire a large amount of data from pictures and videos to email messages and files. It can be beneficial to set aside a few hours to go through your devices and get rid of anything on them you no longer want, need or use. read more

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20 Mar

Data Storage 101: Data Storage Options

You have a wide range of options when it comes to data storage these days. From desktop and laptop computers to mobile devices and networked servers, your data could be saved in numerous locations. In order to effectively determine what type of data storage is best for your needs, you need to understand the different data storage options.

 

Data Storage 101: Data Storage Options

1. Hard Disk Drives

Hard disk drives have long been one of the most widely used forms of data storage. They are found in desktops, laptops, and network servers. Their storage capacities range from a few gigabytes to several terabytes. Maximum storage capacities continue to increase on a regular basis. read more

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24 Feb

Employees Leaving? Why You Need to Back-up Their Hard Drives

Employees come and go at various times throughout the year. However, the number of people that tend to switch employers is typically much higher from mid-January through the end of February.

Employees Leaving Why You Need to Back-up Their Hard Drives

Most employers tend to put off hiring new employees over the holidays. If they follow a traditional fiscal year, January is when new budgets begin that include creating new positions and hiring new employees. read more

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20 Jan

What Will Become of Hard Disk Drives in the Future?

One question a lot of people have is what is going to happen to hard disk drives (HDDs) now that we have solid state drives (SSDs). One might assume that SSDs are going to displace HDDs much like DVDs did to CDs and Blu-rays have done to DVDs. Before you start buying up all the HDDs on the market to have a supply in the future, you need to know HDDs are not going anywhere.

What Will Become of Hard Disk Drives in the Future

First of all, the cost for high capacity SSDs is quite expensive once you start taking about terabytes of storage space. Many people and businesses still cannot afford to cross over that threshold. Not surprisingly, HDDs with larger terabyte drives tend to cost less and fit the budgets of most people and businesses better. read more

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