How to protect yourself from identity theft

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Falling victim to scams and having your identity stolen can be one of the worst feeling in the world, it’s like having your privacy invaded by a stranger and not even knowing about it. Today we will talk about methods to stop anyone from invading your privacy and potentially becoming you.

Internet Phishing

Phishing is a popular term often used within the internet community. The way website phishing works is by changing the URL of websites to be relatively close to the original and then fooling the user into inputting his personal information. Make sure to double check all websites and see that they are HTTP: secure. Most often phishing scams tend to look for this type of information:

  • Social Security Numbers
  • Home Addresses
  • Full Names
  • Possible Credit Card Info
  • Email
  • Health Insurance ID Numbers
  • Bank Account Numbers

These scams can be evaded easily by taking the extra second to double check the URL. If you ever see something out of place, make sure to leave the site immediately.

Email

If you are like 80% of the world you will most likely have an email sitting around with some private information. Make sure to protect your email as much as possible as there could be even info you might have forgotten about in there. A good way to protect such things is by creating strong and complex passwords. If you’re like me and were never good at passwords, then you can relax, because there are many website that can take care of password generating for you.

Unsolicited email is also another way phishing scams happen. Make sure to have your spam filters up and running on your settings to be able to detect those for you. The majority of the time email filters do a great job of this and you won’t have to worry about anything accidentally being thrown away.

Anti-Virus

With many programs available for use on the market it is easy to find one that suits your desire. Having a good anti-virus can help keep malicious software from taking root in your hard drive. Take the extra step and keep your anti-virus up to date, as they are always patching to help protect from modern threats. The benefit of having one of these programs is that you can have it running 24/7 and never let something slip by without your consent.

Disposal of Devices

Don’t allow your old devices to be sitting around with important or person information. Make sure to clear all data from the drives before disposing of them. If you do not know how to do this you can always access digital manuals online that can give you a detailed report on how to do it. Remember to do this, because once the item is gone, you never know whose hands it could land in.

Social Media

With the rise of social media, we all want to tell everyone exactly what we are doing in that given time. This can be a little dangerous don’t you think? I always found it odd when people post where they like to eat and even their address for get-togethers in the event sections. All this type of information should never be given out to strangers. Some might argue that they only have friends on their social media – but did you know others can read those comments? This is a great way for others who potentially took your information to know even more about you.

Never use the GPS location application that most of these sites contain. What it does is link your current location with the post whether it is a picture or a text post.

Virtual Private Networks

A VPN, or Virtual Private Network, is the best security measure for all your online activity. This is a tool mainly to secure and mask your identity; a good example would be if you place all your computers data on a cutting board and chopped it up into a jigsaw puzzle. Anyone who would want your information now will have a hard time recognizing and using such data. Any time you finish using the virtual private network, and disconnect, all the information goes back to normal, so don’t worry. This is also a great way to work safely anywhere if you connect to public Wi-Fi networks.

Take all this information and use it to your advantage in fighting online identity theft. Many of these tools are easily configurable and don’t take long to figure out for any level of users.

Moto E detailed top to bottom

There’s little we don’t know on relatively good authority at this point about the Moto E. This device is meant to take the rather-successful low-end smartphone Moto G to a new level. This means keeping the experience very, very similar to the Moto G while cutting down specifications to the bare minimum, cutting down cost in the process.

Motorola seems to have realized their strength at last. Instead of focusing on beating the higher-end devices like HTC One (M8), Samsung Galaxy S5, and iPhone 6, Motorola will continue to take the battle off-contract. While hero smartphones cost upwards of $600 USD off-contract, the Moto G costs $179 USD.

We can expect the Moto E to cost even less.

moto e phone

The Moto E will work with the following details as well – for a comparison to the Moto G, have a peek at our Moto E vs Moto G article, then our Moto G vs Moto X guide for good measure.

Moto E
• 4.2-inch display
• 540 x 960 pixels
• Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core 1.2GHz processor
• 5-megapixel camera back-facing, no front-facing camera
• 4GB internal storage
• MicroSD card slot for 32GB expansion

This device will come in white or black fronts and a multitude of back-facing covers. This is similar to the Moto E, which has an online Motorola “Maker” console which allows you to choose your cover right out of the box.

Blackberry Z10 Smartphone Specs and Price

Blackberry Z10 is designed to compete with Apple iPhone 5 and Google Nexus 4. Blackberry really took time to design a great product and this one really blows previous versions of the blackberry OS out of the water. This flagship is the 1st to have the all-new Blackberry 10 Operating System and also the first with LTE 4G.

Blackberry Z10 is pretty much like an iPhone at first glance, a basic black-slab phone with straight edges and round corners.

blackberry z10 specs, price and release date

Blackberry Z10 key features are the HD display, the 8 Megapixel Rear and front camera, NFC, memory card slot and removable battery.  See the quick specs of the phone below.

Blackberry Z10 specifications

Processor: Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait, Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon
Display: 4.2 inches: 1280×768 resolution
Sensor: Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
OS: Blackberry 10
Memory: 2 Gigabyte
Storage: 16GB, microSD card
Camera: Rear 1080p@30fps w/ LED flash, Front: 2MP; 720p@30fps
Connectivity: Bluetooh, Wifi, GPS
Battery: 1800 mAh Li-ion
Dimensions: 130 x 65.6 x 9 mm
Weight: 137 Grams
Color: black and white

Another good thing about the Blackberry Z10 is its battery life.  It hasa 10-hours talk time over 3G networks and as long as 13 days standby time. The suggested retail price is Php 29,990 and also available in Smart All-In Plan 1800 and Sun Plan 1799, as well a Globe Plan 1799.

Blackberry Q10 Smartphone Specs, Price and Release Date

The Blackberry Q10 features a superb spacious QWERTY keyboard ,a 3.1-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen display and 8MP rear-mounted camera plus forward-facing snapper that is capable of 1080p Full HD video recording. Powered by a 1.5 Gigahertz dual-core processor and runs on the latest Blackberry Operating System – the version 10.1. The design is cut in the same classic flat shape with softly round edges.  See the quick specification below.

blackberry q10 phone specs, price, release date

Blackberry Q10 Specs

Display: 3.1-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen display
Processor: 1.5 Gigahertz dual-core
Camera: 8 Megapixel Autofocus rear facing Cam, 5x digital zoom, 2MP front facing camera
Connectivity: Wifi, GPS, Bluetooth, microUSB, microHDMI
RAM: 2GB of RAM and 16GB or integrated storage
Battery: 2100mAh
Dimensions: 119.6mm x 66.8mm x 10.35mm
Weight: 139 Grams

Release date Blackberry Q10 will be from the end of April this year and will be sold by Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, & Sprint, with a suggested retail price of $249.

Lenovo A390 SmartPhone Specs and Price

Lenovo just launches 3 new phone here in the Philippines. One of them is the dual core Lenovo A390, (the other phones are the quad-core A706 and the Intel Powered phone K900).

Lenovo A390 is the company’s entry-level smartphone that features a 4-inch 480×800 TFT screen display and support Dual SIM standby capability. See the quick specifications below.

Lenovo A390 specs, price, release date

Lenovo A390 Specs

Display: 4.0 inches TFT touchscreen 480 × 8000 pixels.
Processor: 1Ghz Dual Core
RAM: 512MB with microSC
Camera: YES, but with no flash
Operating System: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Connectivity: Bluetooth, 3G, Wifi
Dimensions: 125.9 x 64 x 10.2mm
Weight: 131 Grams
Other: MP3 Player, Video Player, FM Radio

The price of A390 will be below Php5000

Nokia Asha 210 Specs, Price, Release Date

Nokia has just Announced a new affordable QWERTY Phone, –  the Nokia Asha 210. This is the newest addition to its Asha Family which according to the company is the the most social Asha Yet. The new phone comes with both single SIM and dual-SIM flavors. See the quicks specs of Asha 210 below.

Nokia Asha 210 specifications

Screen Size: 6.1 cm
Camera: 2 megapixel rear
Display: 2.4 inchd LCD screen
Memory: 64MB, expandable upto 32 Gigabyte microSD card
Connectivity: WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
battery: 1200maH

nokia asha 210 specs, price, release date

Nokia Asha 210 also feature a dedicated WhatsApp button. Available in cyan, black,magenta, and white colors. The retail price is around $72 or around Php3000, release date is expected in the 2nd quarter this year. Watch the video below.

Nokia Asha 210 Video

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One Android Phones – Which One to Buy

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. HTC One. So which one should you buy? Both of these smartphone have powerful components and features. So, its really a tough choice. It will be a firce fight between the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One. Watch this 15 minutes video, it talks about the displays, storage, skin, batteries, design and more. This will help you decide which Android phone is right for you.

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. HTC One Video

HTC One Specs, Price, Release Date

“Best in the Market”, this is what HTC describes says on their new HTC One previously known by its code name M7 with full-spec quad core Android phone, 4.7 HD screen and camera. THe HTC One boasts performance that beats the rest in all key areas. See the quick specs below.

HTC One Specs, Price, Release Date

HTC One Specifications

Operating System: Android 4.1.2
Processor: quad-core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, 1.7GHz
Screen Size: 4.7 inches
Camera: 4 MP Rear; 2.1 MP Front-Facing
Memory: 2 Gigabyte DDR2
Storage: 32GB/64GB
Weight: 143 Grams with battery
Dimensions: 5.4 x 2.7 x 0.36 inches
Bluetooth Version: 4
GPS: Yes
NFC: Yes
microsSD Slot: No

As for the retail price, HTC cost about $800. Release date will be on April 24th.