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Christmas is just around the corner, and technology gifts like mobile phones, tablets and laptops are hot. But when you are gifting someone a device with wireless capabilities, are you taking steps to help them implement mobile security so their personal information is secure? If you’re gifting a device to your child, are you sure they will care for it and not lose it?
We all hear about identity theft and credit card fraud online, but do you know how to protect yourself and your information? I have to admit, I don’t know as much as I should. Both of my debit card numbers were stolen somehow this year, and Brian’s was just last week. So, I really want to better protect us in the future.
I also have a tendency to misplace my phone. A lot. If I had a dollar for every time I’ve had to ask Brian to call my phone, well, I’d have more money than I do now! I have always joked that there needed to be someway to remotely trigger my phone to make a noise so I could find it. I just discovered that there is!
I recently downloaded the Norton Mobile Security app to try on my Android phone (you can get a free 30-day trial here). It was super easy to install and very intuitive. I have been playing around with it and I have to say – it’s one of the coolest apps I have ever used!
When you misplace your phone around the house, you can log in to your Norton account online and make it “Scream.” It will even scream if you have it on silent! I wanted to do a huge happy dance when I tested it out and it worked! Now I can find my phone anytime.
If you actually lose your phone rather than just misplacing it, you can do some pretty awesome stuff like:
- Lock it so it can’t be used
- Look at the GPS to see where it was recently
- Remotely take “Sneak Peek” pictures so you can see who might have it
- Wipe the data off it in case you have any sensitive information you want to protect
When you lock your device, Norton will track and report the device’s location every 5 minutes and your phone will take a Sneak Peek photo every 10 minutes! That is pretty amazing!
This is what the Lock Phone screen looks like in the online app (I blacked out my passcode and phone name – gotta be safe & secure!)
I can’t believe I have had a cell phone for this long and never knew about Norton Mobile Security. Every smartphone should come with it!
I tested out the “Sneak Peek” feature from the online app and was really impressed with how fast the image came back. Here’s me working down at our local coffee shop.
You can also use the app from your phone to back up your contacts.
You can even block calls and texts as well. I was using another program, but it would notify me when I got a text or call. This one keeps it in the background, which I love.
It also scans your phone for malware and alerts you of any privacy risks.
I highly recommend everyone who has a mobile phone download Norton Mobile Security. Remember, you can get a free 30-day trial so you can see if you’re as enamored with it as me!
I also had the opportunity to try Norton Hotspot Privacy (get your free 30-day trial here), which protects data on your Macs, PCs, iPads, iPods and iPhones. It protects your logins, passwords, credit card information and privacy when you use public Wi-Fi hotspots. I use my laptop at Starbucks a lot, so that sounded pretty interesting to me.
This app creates a secure, private connection that can’t be seen by eavesdropping software. And it makes you invisible on public networks, so no one can track or monitor your online activities. What a great idea.
The only issue I had was with Gmail. I use Gmail through Outlook, and Google kept blocking my email from going through because it doesn’t recognize Norton Hotspot Privacy, even after I confirmed that the login activity was mine. If Gmail and this app were more compatible, I’d probably use it regularly when I use public Wifi connections (although I could just turn Gmail off in Outlook during these outings).
Norton Truck Tour
Norton is also embarking on a truck tour to share the importance of mobile security. Here are are the next 2 stops:
- San Antonio, TX at La Cantera Mall: Dec. 19-22, 2014 (Thursday-Friday 11am-7pm; Sat-Sun 10am-8pm)
- CES Conference in Las Vegas, NV: Jan 7-10, 2014
Testing out these two applications has really opened my eyes to how much there is I can do to better protect my personal information. If you own a mobile device or will be gifting one this year, I recommend investing in Norton Mobile Security.