16 December 2011

10 Things Not to be Done With a Mobile Phone

Mobile phones said to be the means of communication have spread their wings all over the world. Once started as a tool, is now giving rise to unsolvable problems and there are uprising issues such as deaths due to talking while driving.

As the National Transportation Safety Board wants a nationwide ban on drivers using a cell phone while a vehicle is in motion. The organization says that it’s a major cause of vehicular death, and could be one of the key ways in which people can improve their safety while traveling.

In fact, there is a wide range of activities that cell phone owners engage in each day. Here are few things that people have to be aware of while using a cell phone.

Drive While Talking

Driving and talking on a cell phone is dangerous. As numerous studies have shown speaking on the cell phone while driving can be as dangerous as drink and drive. Quite often, people who talk on the phone while driving will find that they sometimes forget where they are and what they are doing. It’s a serious issue, and it should not be taken lightly.

Currently, there are several states across U.S. that have bans on talking on a cell phone while driving, including New York. Those states have claimed that by implementing the policy, they have been able to increase road safety.


Losing a Smartphone Without Password Protection

Smartphone owners leave or loose their devices in a public place unknowingly without password-protection on them. Therefore, anyone can walk over the handset, access its software, and start looking through e-mails, browsing history, and more. All Smartphone’s must be password-protected.

With an increasing rate of hacking when there are passwords challenging to them, think of Smartphone with no such securities. It will be a welcome note for those who get it, so it should not be exposed to people waiting for the golden opportunity.

 Access Banking Information

Although most banks now allow users to access their accounts from a Smartphone via downloadable applications, it’s not always a good idea. Earlier this year, a survey showed that in many cases, banking applications lack security features through mobile access. It’s best to access banking sites from home. By doing this a person can avoid unnecessary leakage of information.




Download Applications from Unknown Sources

Android handset owners have been into trouble for downloading programs created by unreliable sources. Upon doing so, the applications installed create malware on their devices and all kinds of trouble ensued. Never download applications from unknown sources.

 Share Personal Information Over Unsecured Networks

Since Smartphone’s are not running Windows, many people believe that the operating systems on their devices are secure. But that is simply not the case because they can connect to any Wi-Fi network, there is no sign if data transmitted over that connection is secure.

Therefore, its best to never share personal information over unsecured networks; it’s too easy for that data to be stolen and used against users. Sometimes this may reach to an extent of making situations turn worse. In order to safeguard personal information rather than letting it out, people should be aware of its consequences and act accordingly.


Text While Driving

If mobile phone owners are not calling while driving, they certainly should not be allowed to text message others while driving. In the age of touch screens, texting while driving requires a person’s attention to be on the phone, so they can see which characters they are pressing.

And when doing so, they are not focusing on the road. That is practically suicidal and creates physical and property damages. As life is valued so much, it will be a vital mistake committed being literates. This increases more number of deaths and has been a major headache for most of the countries that are trying various ways to solve it by making policies.

Forgo Standard Security Practices Readily Followed on Desktops

If a person was on a Windows PC, they would not click on a dangerous link from a social network and would not browse to unsafe sites. They also would not try to open e-mails from people they do not know. Because mobile operating systems are widely viewed as “secure,” they do just that on Smartphone’s.

They should not because there are many such sites existing on Smartphone’s too. While browsing on a Smartphone the people might get unknown link, at that point of time they should be aware of the remedies to be taken. Clicking on unsafe sites and links end up in problem. Standard security practices are essential to Smartphone’s like desktops.

Access Corporate E-mail From Unsecured Networks

Earlier, it was said that users should not try to share personal information over unsecured networks. But it goes beyond that. Corporate e-mail is accessible from mobile devices nowadays, and in many cases, it includes important enterprise data. Because of that, cybercriminals are always spying on unsecured networks if they can steal that data.

Corporate E-mails that deal with official documents and certain project oriented details will be an easy target for cyber criminals who keep an eye on these unsecured networks. This may lead to cyber crime and information’s fall for them as an easy prey.

 Share Location Information When Away From Home

With services like Foursquare and Facebook places becoming quite popular this year, more and more people share their location information from their mobile devices. All too often, they end up telling people when they are not at home. If the wrong person sees that, those folks might come home to a ransacked house.

Location services are great, but they should not be used so often. Sharing location information is making an easy path for the looters and crimes. This is a serious issue that has to be dealt with common knowledge, and should be aware of the worst things that might take place.


Choose the wrong service plan

Too often, people get into service plans with carriers and pay too much. Some folks think they would not use their Smartphone’s nearly as much as they actually do and pay huge sums when they exceed plan limits. Other times, they think they are going to use them more than they do, and end up paying more than they would.

Carriers construct service plans to cost users money, but that does not mean customers have to fall for the trap. Hence they must have a clear idea about the service plans and their benefits before accessing it. There are many of these service plans that are made to pull people’s attention and later the users land in deep trouble.