What’s the Right Age to have a Cell Phone?

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Sometimes a cell phone can be of great benefit for parents who work, because they need to get in touch with their children. Even though there are many aspects you should take into account before handing a personal phone to your child, here we will tackle the security concerns behind this decision.

When talking about the right age to give a cell phone to your child, you have to think about the characteristics of your child, such as their self-control or responsibility level. The consensus is that the age range between 11 and 13 years is acceptable to equip children with their first cell phone, kids at this age and younger are the most vulnerable to phone loss, theft or malware.

No matter what type of product you buy, you should be familiar with the various parental controls available and applications that can help monitor your children and their phones.

MyAntiTheft is the best app to locate your child’s phone avoiding loss and protecting against theft and malware. MyAntiTheft offers features such as:

Lock – The most comprehensive lock on the market that prevents the thief from using any of the applications on your device.
Track – Geolocation tracking to always know where your child’s device is.
Cam – Integrated spy camera that uses your devices built in camera to take pictures of what a stranger is doing. This may help you determine who the potential thief is and where they are at.
Alarm – Getting close to finding your device, or simply misplace it in your house? Turn on the alarm and you will easily find your mobile device!
Wipe – Decided you will never get your device back or have sensitive data on it? Wipe will remove all of your personal data from the device. We take extra caution in that the My AntiTheft & Antivirus PIN code for the device must be entered from the online dashboard in order to wipe the data off of it.
Sync – A feature soon to be released that will synchronize all of your personal data to a My Antitheft protected Windows or Mac device.

You can access these features from the web interface that will offer you complete control over your child’s lost or stolen cell phone. You can block the settings in the phone so intruders or strangers cannot reset the phone or uninstall the application without a pin code that you previously selected.

On top of this, MyAntiTheft comes with MyAntiVirus that will protect your kid’s device and data from potential malware downloaded in many games and apps. MyAntiTheft is also user friendly; it’s set up in one single step since it’s attached to your Gmail account.

So, stay in touch with your kids and keep that line of communication open. Take control with MyAntiTheft.

15 Things you never knew your Android could do!

1. Share apps, contacts, photos, and music just by tapping phones.


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The Android Beam allows you to instantly exchange almost anything — apps, contacts, music, videos, photos, and even certain app-specific items like favorite places on Foursquare or tagged songs in Shazam — just by touching one NFC-enabled device to another, typically back to back, and then tapping to send. Check if your phone is NFC-enabled under “More” in Settings (or, for Samsung devices, Settings > Connections) and then turn on either Android Beam or S Beam right below the NFC option.

2. Turn your photos and recordings into a movie.


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Phones running Android 4.3 and up have the ability to automatically create short films by editing together videos and photos you have stored on your device. The process is a bit more convoluted than the other tips, but the outcome is so much fun that it’s worth exploring. First, go into the Google+ app and turn on Auto Backup from settings, so that every photo you take with your phone will be automatically saved in a private folder on Google+. Then, along the top of the “Photos” section, click on the little video camera icon. From there you can choose whichever photos or videos you’d like to turn into a movie, alter the theme, style, and background music, and Google+ does the rest.

3. Access tabs that are open on your other devices.


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As long as you’re signed into Chrome, your Android has the ability to access all other open tabs on devices in which you are also signed in. To do this, just hit “Other Devices” from Menu or the New Tab Page (or click that bottom-right-hand-corner icon of a folder with arrows, seen above), and then — like magic! — there they are. But what if you want to read that long article on your phone in a place with no service? If you download the free Chrome to Mobile extension, you can send an offline version of a specific web page from your computer to your Android for reading on the subway or in the air or whatever other type of horrifying internet-less you’ll be.

4. Stay awake and bright for as long as you’re looking at it.


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Smart Stay is another Samsung-specific feature, which keeps your Android at a bright display for as long as your eyes are on it. Just go to Settings > Display > Smart Stay (for Samsung: Settings > Smart Screen > Smart Stay).

5. Facial recognition lock.


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To set it up, go to Settings > Security > Screen Lock and choose Face Unlock (for Galaxy devices: Settings > Lock Screen > Screen Lock > Face Unlock), and then snap a photo and you’re good to go. You can also set a backup PIN or take multiple shots for improving facial recognition, and if you’re worried that some mastermind might unlock your phone using just a picture of you, you can set a “Presence Check,” which requires you to blink.

6. Silence your phone or take a screenshot with just your palm.


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Granted, your palm needs to be big enough for this to work, but these are both handy tricks (lol) if you have a Samsung device. You can take a screenshot by swiping the side of your hand across the screen or quickly mute a disruptive phone by placing your hand over the screen; you just have have to make sure that Palm motion is enabled. Go to Settings > My Device > Motions and Gestures > Palm Motion, where you’ll find options for Capture screen and Mute/pause.

7. Take a screenshot.


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Super easy! Just hold down home, power, and volume up buttons at the same time (or, for Galaxy S4, just home and power).

8. Display your contact info on the lock screen.


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Couldn’t hurt, right? Set it up through Settings > Security > Show owner info on lock screen (for Samsung: Settings > Lock Screen > Lock screen widgets > Owner information), then type out whatever information you’d like available to anyone who might find your misplaced phone.


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9. Sync up to a computer or tablet to text without your phone.


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You’ll need to download a free third-party app for this one (MightyText is a popular choice), but it’s a game changer, especially on those days that you’ve left your phone at home. You’ll be able to send and receive text and media messages, linked to your phone number, from your web browser or tablet.

10. Control exactly how much data you use.


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No guesswork here. Your Android lets you set warning levels or limits to ensure you’ll never go above your data allowance, and offers charts that show total data usage on each network (mobile or Wi-Fi) as well as the amount of data used by each app. Just go to Settings > Data Usage to set mobile data limits and to see how much you use per cycle.

11. Double as a Wi-Fi hotspot.


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If you’re in a Wi-Fi jam, you can turn your Android into a portable hotspot. Just go into Settings > Wireless and networks > Tethering and portable hotspot and set up Mobile Hotspot (for Samsung: Settings > More networks > Tethering and portable hotspot). Be aware, though, that whether you’re using your device or a laptop tethered to it, it’s all coming from your data plan.

12. Voice search.


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Your Android wants to help you out; it’s just waiting on the word. Click on the microphone icon in Google search (or say “OK Google”) and send an email or text (just say, “Text Brendan, I’ll be there in five,” or “Email Caitlin, movie at your place?” and hit send), email yourself a reminder (“Note to self, call Jackie”), find out about the weather or traffic (“Do I need an umbrella today?”), track your flights or packages (if you’ve gotten confirmation emails), or simply ask any research question you’d otherwise type into the search bar.

13. Invert colors.


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Just go to Settings > Accessibility (under “My Device” in Samsung) > Negative Colors to make your Android a little more readable at night and a lot more trippy.

14. Type by swiping.


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Gesture typing allows you to compose messages by dragging your finger from letter to letter, which is super convenient if you’ve only got one hand to spare. It’s available through Google keyboard (which you can download for free in Google Play), though the default Samsung keyboard offers the gliding function as well, albeit without the floating previews.

15. Unlock a hidden animation.


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Just go to Settings > About Device, tap on “Android version” until an image shows up (a “K” in Android 4.4. KitKat), and then hold down on that image until the animation begins. In KitKat, you can press down on the red Kit Kat-style Android logo for an even more fun tiled animation.

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Android devices offer many features that allow you to easily share your favorite data with friends and family. Install MyAntiTheft to protect this data and your device from theft.

Why can’t I simply uninstall MyAntiTheft!?

Anti theft applications are available in many styles, offering similar services with different prices.

Some competitors claim they offer uninstall protection, however what they offer is no more than the use of the Android device admin feature. This is only a partial solution that can be easily bypassed by any user as it simply adds one additional step to uninstalling the application.

MyAntitheft and the upcoming Android Security Suite have a comprehensive built in uninstall protection that can only be bypassed with your application pin code or password. This unique feature makes it difficult for thieves or strangers to uninstall or disable the antitheft application, by restricting the access to your phone’s settings and guaranteeing you complete control of your device.

But the question remains for many people, how to uninstall or get access to the phone’s settings? Here we will tell you step by step how to get access to uninstall the application or get access to the settings in your phone.

Since the second update of MyAntiTheft’s software you can now do the following:

• Open the MyAntitheft application with your PIN code

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• Go to the application settings
• Scroll to the bottom
• Click on the uninstall button which will bypass all of the security features designed to block out thieves from uninstalling the software.

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Scroll to the bottom of the app settings and uninstall

To get access to your settings you simply need to enter your MyAntiTheft pin code and that’s it!

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Enter your app pin code to access your settings

Feel protected and in control of your device. MyAntiTheft has the best solution designed for your needs and your personal data safety.

Google’s Lemon Meringue Pie looks tasty!

Google will soon release its highly anticipated Android L update to the Android operating system. The release is rumored to be around September or October and will not be branded “lollipop” as most think but Lemon Meringue Pie.

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Some of the new features of this highly anticipated version of Android include:

1. Material design: Google has revealed a new design language for the Android L release called “Material”. This design will be simpler, cleaner and applied across all Google services. Elements are now given depth so shadows and light sources affect user interface elements in real time. App interfaces will now feature touches of color automatically generated based on the content you are viewing. Along with this comes new animations and touch feedback.

2. Notifications: Android L takes notifications to the next level. Notifications will now be automatically ordered by priority and available on the lock screen. A simple swipe will dismiss them while a tap will open them.

3. Lockscreen: The lockscreen now brings notifications to your attention to make them more accessible. A swipe up will unlock your non password protected device while a swipe left will launch the camera and to the right for the dialer.

4. Multi-Tasking: If you have used Google Chrome for Android then this change in functionality will be familiar to you. Holding the home key will popup your list of actively running or currently used tasks in a 3d like carousel. A simple swipe of a task to either side will dismiss it.

5. Notification Bar: The notification bar brings a new layout and fresh design. You can access it as you normally would by swiping down however a second swipe down brings the hidden quick settings panel where you can toggle specific settings on your device to include the new ‘cast screen’ for Chrome Cast.

6. Better Battery Life: Who doesn’t want better battery life? Android L now includes a new battery saving mode. The battery menu gives more detailed information, and the new Project Volta allows developers to identify how their apps are affecting the battery. Google claims that these improvements show an extra 1.5 hours of battery life on the Nexus 5!

7. Performance: Google has done it again, they have stuffed more features in, simplified the interface, increased the battery life and all while increasing the overall performance of Android! Android L supports 64-bit processors and also supports the ART runtime which according to Google is twice as fast as Dalvik!

8. Security: Security is always a key concern at Google. New security features built into Android will allow you to unlock your device by proximity to another device…can you say an Android Wear smartwatch? The ultimate security solution when used with our upcoming Android Security Suite!

Getting rid of your mobile device?

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Did you recently get a new mobile device or are you planning to get a new one soon?

Smartphones and other devices are innovating every day with new features, designs and services. Alongside this, the Internet and applications are updating and leaving the nice, old devices running short to tackle all the new features and functionalities.

When it’s time to dispose your old device take it to a proper disposal facility. These facilities ensure that the internal components are recycled correctly and responsibly. By doing this you help to decrease the environmental impact while following the law.

However, before taking these steps think about the information stored in your device such as photos, videos, apps and e-mail attachments. Passwords and browsing history that are still stored in your devices, can give access to personal and financial information.

In order to prevent someone from gaining access to all your personal data and activities, make sure that your information is copied from your old device to your new one.

In order to do this, sync both devices or backup the old one to the cloud and then restore it to factory settings.

To be completely sure that your data is deleted, download and use the MyAntiTheft Wipe tool in order to delete passwords, e-mail accounts and pictures.

You can’t be sure what will happen to your old device once given away. You can however control the protection of your data with MyAntiTheft.

Online Dating. Dream or Nightmare?

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Online dating can help you to fulfill your dreams of love but if not cautious, it could also be your worst nightmare.

Sites like Match.com, eHarmony.com or ChristianMingle.com offer heartbroken, disappointed and bored people the chance to meet the love of their life. However there are a lot of risks you need to be aware of in order to protect yourself and have a happy ending to your love story.

Risks:

• Personal safety.
• Stalking and harassment.
• Fraud, by sending money to those that claim to be in an “unfortunate situation”.
• People under false identities.
• Spam, selling or romance fraud.
• Blackmailing, be careful with things you may do in front of your webcam. Fraudsters can record them and use it against you.
Phishing, false emails claiming to be from the online dating site, encouraging you to give personal and sensitive information.
• Fake links appearing to be legit that steal your credit card info. Make sure to pay attention to the link and ensure it is a secure one starting with “https”
• Fake dating sites that will require you to pay money to sign up.

In order to have a safe online dating experience you should take into account the following:

• Choose a well-known online dating site. Favor the ones that protect your anonymity and that have policies against inappropriate use.
• To protect your privacy, set up a separate email account and don’t use your real name or other personal data.
• Always use Google image search on the photos of profiles that interest you to ensure those pictures were not stolen for a fake identity.
• Don’t let anybody pressure you to giving your personal or sensitive information such as phone number or address. Wait until you feel comfortable with an individual before revealing anything personal about yourself.
• Be extremely cautions in front of your webcam. Even if you feel trusting or comfortable with the other person, avoid taking your clothes off or doing other things, you could be recorded and blackmailed.
• Make sure that your user name doesn’t reveal personal information such as Keith_Attorney, Jane1982, etc.
• Don’t play the role of beneficiary. Fraudsters will try to scam you and make up troubled stories so you help them with money or bank account information.

Advice for meeting offline the first time:

• If you are really going to meet the person, make sure it is in a public place with people around.

• Also, don’t let your date pick you up and ensure that your friends and family know where you are going, whom you will meet and what time you’ll be back.

• Don’t leave your drinks or food unattended since you could be drugged and also, don’t get drunk.

• Finally, take your mobile phone, keep it switched on and don’t forget to keep MyAntiTheft running. Recommend MyAntiTheft to your friends or family that are dating online. It will help find your location and protect you everywhere.

Tips to make your Android greener!

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If your Android device is losing battery quickly then you can make some adjustments to give it an energy boost!

Bluetooth: If you are not using it, then switch it off!

Disable location reporting and history: Turn off your GPS if you are not using it, since it will navigate continuously if on. Likewise, location reporting and location history are two GPS-based services that can work with other apps in your phone but when not in use will drain your device battery.
Disable these two features by going to Settings > Location > Google Location Reporting.

Disable Google Now cards: Now is a cool feature that shows you some services in the form of informational cards such as “Nearby places” or “Travel time”. However, Google Now cards can drain your battery.
To disable them go to Google Now > scroll down to the bottom > tap the magic wand. Once you do this, you can pick the cards you actually need. Disable the GPS-reliant cards to give a battery boost to your Android.

Wi-Fi scanning: Even when Wi-Fi is disabled, your Android device still searches for networks.
To prevent this, go to Wi-Fi settings > Advanced > uncheck the option for Wi-Fi scanning. In the future, you will have to connect to Wi-Fi manually but you’ll get more battery efficiency in return.

Get out of sync: As an attempt to back up your data, Google syncs things like your photos amongst other things. This however is a battery killer.
To change this, go to settings > Find your e-mail address under Accounts > tap the account name again to access sync settings > un-check the items you don’t want synced. Alternatively, head to the Gallery app > Settings, and disable Google Photos Sync.

Use the battery tool: If you don’t know what apps are draining your battery, then you can use this feature. The Battery tool will show you which apps are the most draining along with the Screen and Wi-FI as those consume the most of all!

Get help with apps: Android Security Suite will prevent you from downloading malicious apps that will definitely affect the energy efficiency in your Android device. Remember that malware and other kind of viruses will be disguised as legit and interesting apps so you get them, trust Android Security Suite to block those apps that can hurt your device.

A brief history of hacking

“Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster” -Sun Tzu-

In a digital world enemies are changing and updating. Hence, it’s good to know a short history of who they are to be aware of their threat.

1969, Phone Freaking: By blowing a toy whistle into a phone receiver, John Draper illegally accessed the phone network and made free calls. “Phreaking” portmanteau of the words phone and freak affected many people such as Steve Jobs.

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1985, KGB-Hack: During the cold war, German hackers infiltrated the Pentagon and other US military computers in order to sell confidential US information to the Russian secret service.

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1992, Michelangelo Madness: This virus caused hysteria after media reported that it would delete data from millions of infected computers on March 6th, the birthday of the Italian Renaissance artist Michelangelo. Computer users connected to the Internet bought large quantities of anti-virus software but in spite of all the madness, the virus caused little damage affecting only a few thousands computers.

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1999, Email Virus: By sending billions of emails the Melissa virus overloaded the Internet with data. To prevent the worm, email providers like Microsoft shut down losing approximately 80 million dollars.

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2007, Hack attack in Estonia: Estonian Internet was swamped and sabotaged in a series of cyber attacks against government organizations, banks and the general public. This cyber-warfare distributed denial-of-service attacks (DDoS), creating cyber-armies or botnets to send coordinated crash-inducing attacks to targeted Web servers.

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2010, Cyber-warfare: The Stuxnet virus severely weakened the Iranian nuclear program by destroying more than a thousand uranium centrifuges. The US Government is suspect of creating and spreading the virus.

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2013, Big Coup: Globally networking criminals manipulated data of credit cards and withdrew 45 millions dollars at ATMs around the world. The criminals, responsible for this cyber-robbery are still free.

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Hacking is about finding security weakness in networks. Worms and viruses are widely spread nowadays and it’s better to protect your mobile devices with the best, Android Security Suite.

QR Codes, the little maze box

A QR Code is that funny box that looks like a puzzle or a maze and it stands for Quick Response. Invented in 1994 in Japan, nowadays they are everywhere on signs, magazines and websites.

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It is a two dimensional barcode that you can scan with any smartphone. To scan it, you need to install a QR Code scanner app from Google Play or iTunes.

Once you have a scanner app, you can scan any bar code as if you are taking a picture and in the blink of an eye it will open a special website, video, map, social media page, SMS messages, discount coupons and more, the possibilities are endless.

However, be cautious before you scan public ad posters since there are also malicious QR Codes. When you scan them they can download viruses such as malware or Trojans to your smartphone, letting cyber criminals take control of your device.

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It’s always best to take a good look at the QR codes before scanning them since malicious software could attack your device immediately. Having antivirus such as MyAntiVirus to block malicious files, links, websites and apps can protect your devices from these threats but it’s better to be suspicious first.