Latest trend: Fake virus warnings on phones when browsing

Latest trend: Fake virus warnings on phones when browsing
I received a call from my mother today asking about a warning she received on her iPhone referencing six viruses. It was obviously a ruse and I told her to ignore it. Later in the day, I received the same alert, a pop up ad of sorts. It warned me that my phone was 45.5 ...

Testing cellular data use when on wi-fi

Today I made a completely unscientific, but still using somewhat of the scientific method in determining why there is data use when on wi-fi. There was an article shared on Facebook from The Theresa Dixon of The Plain Dealer newspaper in Cleveland by two of my friends and I just had to see for my own. ...

AppCertain parental controls for iOS

AppCertain parental controls  for iOS
AppCertain is a free parental control application (app) available for iOS. It provides parents with two main advantages. The first advantage is that it provides analysis of every single app installed on the iOS device. Some of the analysis categores include educational value, what resources the app accesses such as the camera and location services, ...

AppCertain’s new curfew mode is a dream come true for parents

AppCertain's new curfew mode is a dream come true for parents
A few years ago, my husband and I had provided our son with a simple phone with few features but he never took it with him. He was always taking my older model iPhone that he was using as an iPod Touch (without cellular service). It never left his side except for school when it ...

Regretting the purchase of a PS3? 1

Recently I’ve been concerned with the amount of screen time my 12 year-old son has been having with all the devices available in my home. I have set up time and Internet restrictions on most of the devices but one, the Sony PlayStation (PS3), has been eluding me. Until now… Finally, a company called Bigben ...

Life 360 Family Locator 2

Life 360 Family Locator
Life 360 is a communication service for families to keep connected via a variety of devices such as the iPhone, Android, iPad, Blackberry and other cellular phones. It provides a location-based map that tracks family members, crime and the listings of registered of sex offenders. The service is free for iPhone, Android and Blackberry phones ...

Lookout Mobile Security

Lookout Mobile Security
Lookout is a free security application (app) available for both Android and iOS used by millions of users around the world to protect their devices from malware, viruses, spyware with the ability to backup and restore data remotely. Both versions are worth installing but the Android version provides more functionality due to the open architecture ...

Someone just tried to scam me over the phone!

I just received one of those calls you hear about on Web sites where a “technician” calls to tell you that your computer is infected. Obviously, I was the wrong person to call…I asked him “which computer? I have six.” He then said it was the one I use most often. I then told him ...

Safe Browsing with Mobicip 4

Safe Browsing with Mobicip
Implementing parental controls on iOS and Android can only restrict the downloading of age specific elements from each systems’ application (app) store. However, the default Web browsers for Android and iOS do not provide parental controls similar to the V-chip in your television. This is were the Mobicip mobile Web filter is beneficial. The Mobicip ...

Android Parental Controls 101 1

Android Parental Controls 101
Android is the mobile operating system from Google. It’s used on smart phones, tablets and other mobile devices. Google provides an open environment different from Apple’s closed environment. This means that there are more apps (applications) available to Android users because the Android developers have fewer restrictions put upon them.  At this point in time, ...