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SMARTPHONE SECURITY TIPS

 

Today we’ll be taking a look at how to keep our Smartphones secured and ensure privacy too.

We’ll be giving out 10 tips on how you can do so.

But to be quite sincere, there is no such thing as 100 percent privacy while using a smartphone. But, if you remember certain important tips and tricks, and follow them accordingly, the chances are that at least 75 percent or may be more can be achieved.

They are as follows:

 

  1. SECURITY PIN/PASSWORD/PATTERN LOCK: This is one of the most primary steps to ensure your smartphone is locked from anyone but you at all times. However, as basic as it may seem, most people are too lazy to set it up. Setting up a screen lock is very important. Ensure you pin/password is not something simple e.g. 1234, which people can crack at first try. At the same time, don’t make it so confusing that even you don’t remember it. It’s also ideal to select a combination of numbers and alphabets. You could also set your screen to lock between 1-5 minutes of being idle.

 

  1. TRACKING/WIPING SERVICE: Smartphones now have a free tracking/wiping service. This is a kind of remote tracking and wiping tool. Android phones have what is called a Device Manager; while iPhones come with find my iPhone, etc. These tools come in handy when your phone is lost or stolen. You can use these tools to remotely lock, track, and even wipe your phone data using a computer with internet access. But the trick here is to have these tools up and running on your Smartphones at all times.

 

  1. LOCK APP: Download some kind of file lock app, because there has to be something on your Smartphone e.g. a chat, a picture or anything that you wouldn’t want prying eyes to see. Furthermore there may be some apps that you don’t want others using your phone to access. There are many good ones you can download from app stores download and install them, then password-protect the data you wish to hide.

 

  1. SET UP A GUEST MODE/PARENTAL LOCK: Android 5.0 Lollipop and iOS 8 from Google and Apple respectively come with something called Guest Mode. Basically, the trick is to restrict access to the content on your Android/iOS smartphone when you’re giving it to somebody. Using the Guest Mode, you can create a separate user profile on your smartphone and assign it with the apps and content that you deem fit to be accessed by someone else. Once you have this profile up and running, the next time you handover your phone to someone you simply have to enable Guest Mode and he/she will gain access to this profile, hiding all the other stuff. The normal profile will be password protected and cannot be accessed until it is typed in correctly.

 

  1. REGULARLY UPDATING YOUR SMARTPHONE: Software developers release periodic updates to their software, improving upon an already existing version. These improvements include security and stability updates as well. Therefore, as and when updates (no matter how big or small) come up for your OS, make sure you update it, and have the latest version running on your smartphone at all times. It’s more important from a security point of view, since these updates may have some fix for some security issue that might be plaguing an earlier version. Also, software developers tend to push out fixes to security bugs (as and when something is detected) therefore it is highly advisable to update your phones periodically.

 

  1. BEWARE OF INSTALLING APPS FROM UNTRUSTED SOURCES: Android smartphones have something called an Unknown Sources option in security settings. Checking it allows you to install third-party apps from sources other than Google’s official Play Store. You don’t have such an option in the iPhone, and you need to jailbreak it if you want to install third-party apps. Ideally, you must not do either of these. Always install apps from trusted sources, meaning the Google Play Store and the iTunes Store. Apps there meet the desired standards of official safety and security.

 

  1. KEEP YOUR LOCATION SETTINGS IN CHECK: Every smartphone now comes with a built-in GPS or location tracking feature. Essentially, these keep your apps and services like Google Maps and other live and active at all times. While, it may seem convenient to have your location settings open for such apps, even others like Facebook, Twitter, etc., there may come a time when you don’t want others to know where you are. But more than anything, you wouldn’t want your apps to know where you are, at all times. It is possible to individually allow/deny apps to ascertain your location. You can control your location settings, even shut it off completely.

 

  1. PUBLIC WI-FI IS DANGEROUS, AVOID IT: Public Wi-Fi or the Wi-Fi you get at places like some restaurant, coffee shop, etc is the breeding ground for some of the most dangerous cyber-attacks. Miscreants who have good technical know-how tend to use these networks to push ‘man in the middle’ attacks. Basically, using some cyber sorcery, hackers can gain access to your smartphone (when you’re connected to the public Wi-Fi network) and can do a lot of many dangerous things, ranging from gaining your online passwords, to getting access to your confidential bank records. While you must refrain from using the smartphone for sensitive dealings, the truth is we are doing it a lot these days. Therefore, the one way to ensure your security is to avoid public Wi-Fi networks.

 

  1. TURN OFF WI-FI/BLUETOOTH WHEN NOT IN USE: Many people have their Wi-Fi on at most times. So that when some Wi-Fi networks open, they like to have it up and running on their smartphone to save their data charges. It’s not safe to do this. Also, having your Bluetooth on when you don’t need it is also calling for trouble. Hackers may use an available connection on your phone to access your files. Therefore, have these on only when you need to.

 

  1. BACK UP YOUR DATA: This is more of a precautionary step in the event your smartphone gets lost or stolen. Have a backup of all your data/contacts/documents etc ready at all times. Ideally, you should have it in some physical drive, but saving it up in the cloud is also a handy option.

 

 

Culled from Tech news

 

 

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Health tips for the day

  1. Taking the right medications, in the right doses and at the right time can help tame resistant hypertension.
  2. Physical activity may prevent gestational diabetes (diabetes that develops during pregnancy), relieve stress and help build more stamina.
  3. Drink herbal tea that has anti-bacterial properties. It helps to improve and develop strong immunity against germs and bacteria.
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Health tips for the day

 

  1. Eating healthy foods can help keep your blood pressure under control . get plenty of fruits and vegetables, especially those rich in potassium.
  2. Focus on eating high-fiber foods in pregnancy, including fruits, vegetables and whole grains; they will help you feel full longer.
  3. Begin with small changes when trying to live healthy. Trying to change too much at once can be overwhelming. Make one or two small changes at a time.
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VAS2Nets at 2015 GSMA Mobile 360 series Africa:

From left; Sonal Shah, Executive Director, Beek Centre for Social Impact and Innovation, Ayo Stuffman, Chief Executive Officer, Vas2Nets and Algy Williams, Chief Executive Officer, Every Mobile Limited after a panel discussion on Power to innovate: Growing start-up ecosystem and cultivating entrepreneurship at the just concluded 2015 GSMA Mobile 360 Africa series held in Cape town, south Africa. Photo by Emeka Aginam.

From left; Sonal Shah, Executive Director, Beek Centre for Social Impact and Innovation, Ayo Stuffman, Chief Executive Officer, Vas2Nets and Algy Williams, Chief Executive Officer, Every Mobile Limited after a panel discussion on Power to innovate: Growing start-up ecosystem and cultivating entrepreneurship at the just concluded 2015 GSMA Mobile 360 Africa series held in Cape town, south Africa. Photo by Emeka Aginam.

 

 

The GSMA represents interest of mobile operators and related companies around the world. The group is devoted to supporting the standardizing, deployment and promotion of the GSM mobile telephone system

Just last week at the just concluded GSMA Mobile 360 Series African conference, GSMA  had reported in its latest study that the mobile industry in the region has contributed over $100 billion to the region’s economy in 2014.

The figure is an indication that the African region is heading towards the right direction, especially with the current mobile for development strategic focus of the GSMA and its partners.

Alex Sinclair, Acting Director General and Chief Executive Officer, GSMA told the gathering that Africa has the capacity to achieve digital, financial and social inclusion if all stakeholders including government worked together.

Several issues were discussed e.g.

Connectivity: GSMA Mobile for Development support emerging market operators address barriers to network coverage, affordability, locally relevant content and digital skills to help link the next two billion to the mobile internet.

Digital identity: With the porous security situation in most African countries, she assured that the umbrella body for mobile operators will work with operators, governments and humanitarian organizations to leverage mobile to identify citizens without identity.

In doing so, she said that issues around identity theft, advanced fee fraud, cyber-crime would be solved to the barest minimum.

Mobile Money: The Mobile Money programme works with mobile operators and the financial industry to accelerate the availability of affordable financial services that provide safety, security and convenience to the unbanked. Chidi Okpala, Director and Head, Airtel Money – Africa, said that regulatory framework was limiting mobile money take off in Nigeria. According to him, mobile operators should be allowed to play leading role in mobile money business in Nigeria just like some countries in Africa.

Connected women: Even when women own mobile phones, there was a significant gender gap in mobile phone usage preventing them from reaping the full benefits of mobile phone ownership.

Push for $20 3G enabled smartphone: To achieve more mobile connectivity in the sub-Saharan Africa, two giant service providers, MTN and Etisalat have said that cost of 3G enabled smart phones was still a key barrier to connectivity.

The Executive Director, Group President and Chief Executive Officer of the MTN Group, Sifisco Dabengwa told the gathering that there was need to still bring down the retail price of cheapest devices from  fifty dollars to twenty dollars to achieve connectivity.

Also speaking, the Deputy Chairman, GSMA, Group Chief Executive Officer, Etisalat Group, Ahmed Abdulkarim Julfar also said that cost of smart phones must be reduced for digital inclusion.

“There is need for the vendors to bring down cost of 3G enabled devices in the region. Device price is a challenge in the region. There is also need for infrastructure sharing, government support and alternative technologies in the region to drive connectivity” he said.

 

Culled from Vanguard

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Health tips for the day

  1. Hypertensive urgency is a situation where the blood pressure is severely elevated (180 or higher for systolic BP or 110 or higher for diastolic BP).
  2. If you’re 35 or older, have chronic high blood pressure or diabetes or are carrying multiples, you are at a higher risk of preeclampsia.
  3. Depression affects all areas of life. Losing pleasure in daily activities often requires treatment including counseling and sometimes medication.
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Health tips for the day

  1. Even if your blood pressure is normal, you should consider making lifestyle modifications to modifications to prevent the development of hypertension.
  2. Drink plenty of fluids (not coffee or tea, which are diuretics) during the day when pregnant, but limit them towards bedtime.
  3. Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder where sufferers briefly stop breathing for short periods during sleep. It can cause loud snoring and fatigue.
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Happy Customer Service Week!!

Dear Esteemed Customer,

This day we celebrate you – our valued Customer, not just this week but always.

We’re most grateful for the opportunity you’ve given us to serve you.

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