Apps To Help Secure Your Phone

We heavily depend on our phones in our everyday lives. While the Android and iOS platforms are continually improving, some users want extra protection on their devices. In today’s post, we list some apps that will help boost your security on these devices.

GlassWire (Android)

GlassWire keeps an eye on your phone when you cant. It monitors the install apps data usage and will alert you when a new app starts using an Internet connection. This app is useful when trying to not go over on a data plan. It also allows you to see if any apps are using more data then normal.

Fing (Android & iOS)

Fing tells users what devices are on your network at any given time. This way, you can pinpoint any devices that are using too much of your broadband. Knowing this information can help with troubleshooting WiFi issues and keeping your network secure. You can use Fing when traveling to stay safe as well. When in a hotel, Fing will scan to detect any hidden cameras.

Bouncer (Android)

Bouncer helps manage the installed apps on your phone and what permissions they have. It allows users to grant certain permissions to apps on a temporary or one-time basis. For example, say an app needs your location, but you don’t want it to have access to your location all the time. Bouncer allows you to grant permission but revokes it after a period of time or after the app closes.

Access Dots (Android)

Apple devices receive an onscreen alert when an app attempts to access the camera or microphone. Access Dots allows Android users the same thing. Whenever an app tries to access either feature, a dot will appear in the toolbar.

Jumbo (Android & iOS)

Social media companies intentionally make their terms of service extremely difficult for the average person to understand. Jumbo steps in to help decipher the complicated legalese, so you know exactly how much and what information you were giving away. The app takes it a step further and helps keep your accounts in line. For example, it will stop Google from collecting information on your web usages, delete old tweets, and much more.

Twilio Authy (Android & iOS)

Two-factor authentication is very important for keeping all of your online accounts secure. Twilio Authy helps manage all of your online accounts in one spot. Adding new accounts to the app is easy and works with a multitude of online providers like Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and more.

Firefox Focus (Android & iOS)

Firefox Focus is a browser that blocks ads and trackers by default. This allows users faster and more secure browsing experience. It comes with a big trash can that automatically wipes your browsing history.

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Online Security Tips

In today’s post, we want to cover some security basics that our clients ignore or don’t know about. Following these steps will help keep you protected online.

Not Keeping Your Device Updated

Many people don’t like updating their devices because updates can cause problems or change the way we interact with the device. What most people overlook is that most updates contain security patches. These updates patch over vulnerabilities in the operating system that hackers exploit. Follow the steps below to check if your device needs updating:

  • Windows 10: Start button > Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > Check for updates
  • Mac: Apple Menu > System Preferences > Software Update
  • Mobile devices: Every manufacturer has a different location for updates. However, usually, they can be found in the settings menu.

Sharing Too Much Information

Facebook is a great way to keep friends and family up to date on what’s going on in your life. Facebook and other social media sites are the perfect stalking grounds for hackers, thieves, and other threats. For example, posting that you are on vacation and how long you will be gone is an announcement to the world that your home will be empty. Additionally, many apps, games, and other services encourage you to link them with your social media. By allowing it, you are opening up your data to companies with less than stellar security records.

Check The Information

Further, if you receive an email or call from someone claiming to be from a government organization or other entity, make sure they are who they say they are. Phishing and spam emails are becoming more and more convincing—double check all links, phone numbers, and other information in these emails. These emails are typically crafted by non-English speakers. Consequently, most spam emails will contain spelling or grammatical errors.

Passwords

One of the most common things we recommend to our clients is to have multiple passwords for their online accounts. Using the same password for multiple online accounts is a major security risk. All a hacker needs to do is break into one account; they will be able to break into all of your accounts. Once they have access, they can cause all sorts of damage. For instance, they could spam your email or social media contacts, to transferring money from your bank account.

Plan B

Lastly, back up everything. Your computer, phone, tablet. Any device that has personal information, pictures, or other important information to you needs to have a backup. Ideally, you will want to back up to the cloud; that way, your data isn’t on a single device that could be lost, stolen, or damaged. Another benefit to the cloud is the information is available on any device with an internet connection.

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3 Quick Ways To Boost Your Security

Our clients often come to us with concerns about their security online. With news reports of data breaches and software glitches, this is understandable. We wanted to offer our readers three easy steps you can take today to help secure your computer and accounts.

Proper Anti-Virus

We are asked all the time if you need Anti-Virus on your computer. The short answer is yes. Malwarebytes reports that in 2019 there were over 40 million detected threats for PC users. Even Mac users need to be concerned. Apple saw threats on their computers rise over 400% in 2019. Some will say that Anti-Virus slows their computer down, and they end up taking their chances. The important thing is to find an Anti-Virus that doesn’t suck up your computer’s resources resulting in slowdowns. Computer Warriors offers cloud-based Anti-Virus, resulting in solid protection without harming the performance of your device.

Update Your Software

Another quick way to help make sure your devices are secure is to run all updates when they become available. Software like your computer’s operating system is continuously evolving. Manufacturers release updates after new bugs or vulnerabilities are discovered. By not keeping your device up to date, you are leaving the door open for scammers and malware to exploit your device and steal your information.

Step Up Your Password Security

The first rule with passwords is to not use the same one for all of your accounts. If a hacker breaks into one account, they will have access to all of them. While it will be annoying to have a bunch of passwords, it is the best way to stay safe online. There are several password managers available that make storing all your passwords a breeze. In addition, most accounts now offer two-step authentications. 2FA is a setting in which a code will be sent to you by email or text message each time you sign in. This way, even if someone gets your password, without the code, they cannot get in.

Feel free to bring your device by to Computer Warriors for an evaluation and help make your device more secure. We offer plans that include protection and ongoing support. We can also help secure your accounts and show you the steps to stay safe online!

iPad Keyboard Shortcuts

If you use a keyboard with your iPad, did you know there is a shortcut cheat sheet that works with most apps? Find out more below.

iPad Shortcuts

Once a keyboard is attached to an iPad, press and hold the Command key. A new window will pop up, displaying the shortcuts for that app. For example, this is what the Home screen shortcuts look like.

Displaying the cheat sheet works for most apps by pressing the Command key. However, some third-party apps like Twitter have their own cheat sheets. Other apps, like Safari, have multiple pages of shortcuts for all sorts of functions.

iPadOS contains a variety of shortcuts. Hit the Command key when in apps to display the available shortcuts. If you found this article interesting or helpful, check out our other posts!