By Bob Milliken
In early 2014, Internet usage on mobile devices exceeded PC usage in North America. Clearly, whatever your day-to-day focus is, the mobile device has increasingly become the preferred tool for work and communication. If you’re planning on heading out of town – or simply to the coffee shop to work – here are a few tips to keep in mind when using your Mobile device.
1. Protect your devices from thieves. All mobile devices should be passcode-protected and loaded with apps that will help you track and find them in case they get lost or stolen: for iPads and iPhones, you can use the free Find My iPhone; Android users can try Lookout Mobile Security. These apps allow you to remotely wipe the device in case they fall into the wrong hands. Also, never leave your device anywhere you wouldn’t leave your wallet.
2. Backup. Mobile devices get lost and destroyed more often than desktop computers because you’re dragging them around from place to place and exposing them to non-gadget friendly environments. MAKE SURE you are backing up all the data to the cloud. All it takes is a spilled cup of coffee to erase those precious family photos and videos; and most people don’t think about backing up their phone.
3. Take caution when connecting to free public Wi-Fi. Hackers with routers and readily available software set up rogue hot spots for spying and serving you fake websites. They are often named something generic such as “Coffee Shop” or “Linksys” to fool you into thinking that you’re connecting to the coffee shop’s Wi-Fi when you’re actually accessing the web through their portal. If you are going to use public Wi-Fi, simply use it for general web surfing, not shopping, banking or accessing critical data.
4. Turn off sharing. If you use a laptop, you might have it set to share files and folders with other computers at work or home. However, you don’t want this setting “on” when connecting to a public network. When connecting to a public hotspot choose “public” to automatically turn off sharing.
5. Carry your own connection. If you’re going to access your bank account, go shopping online or need to access critical data when traveling, invest in your own personal Mi-Fi connection (Mobile Hotspot). We recommend either the TELUS NetGear Aircard® AC763S 4G LTE or the Rogers LTE Rocket™ – AirCard® 763S. Once connected, it acts just the way your home router does. The Hotspot will be a device under your data plan, but by having a mobile hotspot powering the web for mobile devices you save yourself on a contract.
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Bob Milliken is the president of Cascadia Systems Group.Connect with Bob at TheITguy@CascadiaSystemsGroup.com, or give us a call – 604.270.1730.Your comments are appreciated – ComputerCents@CascadiaSystemsGroup.com