Cell Phone Security Tips

Many people use cell phones for daily communication and transactions. Unfortunately, the cell phones are exposed to different security pitfalls. In fact, the more people rely on cell phones to communicate and transact their personal financial business, the more they are exposed to mobile security pitfalls. However, there are various ways of enhancing cell phone security.

Close Vulnerable Applications

It is hard to distinguish between a good and bad app because there are many mobile apps. However, people can identify simple applications which can compromise their online privacy through careless code or weak privacy settings. It is advisable only to download apps from trusted sites such as Amazon, iTunes, Getjar, and the Android Market. However, it is important first to check each application’s rating and read user reviews to ensure that the app is accredited and valid.

Set a Unique Password on the Cell Phone

Some people prefer using cell phones without passwords. Such case might be understandable especially for those who cannot memorize the password or do not want to keep on entering the password every time they use the phone. However, without a password, anyone near the cell phone can swipe it and read the text messages, emails, or listen to the voicemail. Therefore, setting a password is one of the basic defense actions for a cell phone. Setting a password is easy and takes less than 30 seconds.

Avoid Suspicious Links

People are more likely to click and follow suspicious links from their cell phones than their personal computers. This is because cell phones have small screens thus making it hard understand whether a link is legitimate or not. Nonetheless, people should be cautious of suspicious-looking links sent to them in email, on social networking sites, or text messages. Entering personal information on suspicious sites might put an individual at risk of identity theft or fraud.

Be Wary When using Unsecured Wi-Fi Networks

One should be careful when checking his/her email using public Wi-Fi such as at a local coffee shop. Some of these wireless networks might transmit personal data over-the-air. Therefore, when a person enters his/her credit card details or password using public wireless networks, he/she risks exposing sensitive information to ill-intended people.

We recommend using a VPN program such as Tunnelbear.

At the same time, cell phone users should avoid automatic connections. Some cell phones such as Smartphones automatically connect with any available Bluetooth devices and Wi-Fi networks and. It is advisable to disable this option to prevent the phone from connecting and transmitting sensitive information data without you realizing it.

Avoid Spyware

Although spyware might sound an issue out of a detective story to some people, it might be a horrible story if an individual ends up with the spyware on the cell phone. People even without a password download spyware onto other people’s cell phone and track their phone usage, location and banking activity, and text messages among other things without the knowledge of the phone’s owner.

However, some phone manufacturers help people protect their phones by allowing them to download free cell phone security apps. For example, Android allow users to down free phone security apps from iTunes or Market store that can prevent users from unknowingly downloading viruses onto their cell phones before doing it.

You can learn more about spyware via tech blogs such as We Hate Malware, so you can stay up to date on security trends and new threats to watch out for.

Overall, cell phone security is a concern for all those own phones. Although it might be hard to prevent all security pitfalls, setting a password, avoiding suspicious links, and public or automatic Wi-Fi networks can improve cell phone security.

Is Hunting Helping Conservation?

There has been a huge internet uproar over the recent death of the famous African lion “Cecil” at the hands of dentist Walter Palmer.  While internet lynch mobs seem to gather at the drop of a hat these days, only to disband just days later, it does bring an interesting light onto a controversial topic.

Recently Gizmodo blogger Wes Siler posted an interesting blog post highlighting the fact that these trophy hunters actually do a heck of a lot for conservation.  In fact, legal trophy hunting can help bring back animals from the brink of extinction as happened in South Africa with the southern white rhino.

It is interesting to note that these trophy hunters pay upwards of tens of thousands of dollars to shoot these animals, and if done legally the meat and hide will go to local villages and actually be used in a productive way.

I did not know that hunting was actually more commercially profitable than poaching, and could be an economic incentive to end poaching and strengthen the numbers of wild animals – simply because it’s profitable.

In a perfect world we wouldn’t need big-headed richy rich types to go in and kill certain animals.  However, is it the lesser of two evils?  We cannot rely on the human race to simply be altruistic and just “donate to the cause”.  Unfortunately money rules, and that’s just the way it is.  So perhaps a few animals must die to benefit the species?  I’ll take it.  I hate, hate, hate killing for the sport of killing.  It’s ridiculous.  I support killing animals, however, if it is for the greater good – whether it be food or conservation efforts.

I say, if we have to choose one, allow big game hunting for a high price tag.  People will pay – there are a lot of rich people out there.

Also, hopefully Africa can clean up its act a bit and crack down on the crooked swindlers that take much of this cash for themselves.

What do you think? Do you think a certain amount of hunting should be allowed in order to benefit the greater good of conservation and animal populations?