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Category Archives: Mobile Devices

Using Personal Hotspots

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Many smartphones and cellular modems have the ability to act as personal Wi-Fi hotspots, allowing you to connect laptops and other devices to the internet through a cellular connection. Before activating a personal hotspot, however, you should take care to … Continue reading

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Apple iOS Update

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Apple yesterday released an update to its mobile operating system, iOS 6.1.3.  The update addresses a recently discovered vulnerability that could allow someone to bypass an iPhone or iPad’s passcode, and access data such as contact lists and voicemails.  You … Continue reading

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This Week in Security

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Twitter announced today that it has discovered unauthorized attempts to access user data, including usernames, email addresses and passwords.  The attackers may have gained access to information on approximately 250,000 users.  Twitter has reset the passwords of affected users, and … Continue reading

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FCC’s Smartphone Security Checker

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Smartphones provide access to a great many services, from email to social networking to online banking.  With all the personal and financial information accessible by modern smartphones, mobile security is more important now than ever. To help smartphone users protect … Continue reading

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Securing Your Mobile Device

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With the number of tablets and smartphones in the world on the rise, they are becoming the target of an increasing number of security threats. Below are some links that describe the most common security concerns for mobile devices and … Continue reading

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QR Codes: Scanner Beware

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QR, or quick response, codes are barcode-like images that you scan with your mobile devices. Often found on billboards and other outdoor advertisements, scanning these codes points your mobile device to a website or app that will provide more information … Continue reading

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Spammers Turn to SMS Texts In Latest Scam

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You may have recently received text messages on your phone that claim you are eligible for a free iPad or other prize. These texts say that all you need to do to claim your prize is click the included link. … Continue reading

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Bluetooth Technology and Security: What You Need to Know

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Many of today’s smart phones, personal computers, and tablets use Bluetooth technology to wireless communicate with peripherals such as headsets, mice, and keyboards. While this technology is space-saving and convenient, it also has some potential security risks associated with it. … Continue reading

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Personal Device Security During the Holiday Season

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The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) has posted the following security tips for those that may be traveling with mobile devices such as smart phones, tablets, and laptops during the holiday season. This information can help you keep … Continue reading

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