Jennifer Levin

Jennifer Levin

Gerhard Gschwantner, an author from Salzburg (Austria) said, “Problems are nothing but a wake-up call for creativity.” This is true in many ways. Unless one takes creative measures towards problem-solving, sticking to old ways is not going to help. Employee monitoring has become a recent and fast spreading trend in the business world.

An increasing number of companies are engaging in employee monitoring via xnspy android spying to track their performance. The practice also helps them avoid legal liabilities, protects the company’s trade secrets, and addresses other security concerns. In the end, this practice also has a positive impact on customer satisfaction.

Despite technological advances, companies cannot solve problems outside the walls of their office. According to the report on Techland.time.com titled Who’s Winning, iOS or Android? All the Numbers, All in One Place, androids have always taken the lead in the mobile market. This explains why company issued cell phones are mostly Android smartphones. They are easy to use and offer employers the benefit of finding compatible tracking apps much easily as opposed to iOS devices. Here is how using mobile software technology can help companies solve 5 major problems that they face.

1. Android spying enables tracking employees.

A large number of companies rely on the mobile workforce. It may be part of the employee’s duties to be on the go because of sales, marketing, or delivering products to customers. However, one of the greatest dilemmas they face is being sure that they are where they say they are. Using GPS tracking is the best solution for this and with apps such as GPS Tracker and XnSPy, it has become very easy. All employers have to do is install the app on the company issued cell phone.

2. Listening to calls that employees make.

Employers often worry about employees leaking or trading company secrets with competitors. There have been incidences in the past that led to serious losses to companies when employees committed espionage. However, with monitoring apps, employers can find peace of mind. They can listen to recorded calls employees make using the company-issued cell phones to screen what information they share.

Such apps also provide details like the exact time and duration of each call. Moreover, if an employer watch-lists a particular contact, the app alerts him/her whenever the watch-listed caller engages in calls with the target employee.

3. Tracking cell phone usage and idle time.

One of the greatest reasons for poor productivity and declining efficiency at a workplace is a lack of time management. Often, employees spend too much time on using their cell phone to surf the internet, play games, or watch movies stored on the smartphone. Companies experience avoidable mistakes due to distractions and suffer financial losses too.

To prevent this, modern spying apps come with the ability to track cell phone usage. They track the browser history, bookmarked pages, and they show the user, the frequency of visits by the target employee.

4. Access incoming and outgoing emails by employees.

Businesses rely on email correspondences. Gmail has proven to be one of the most reliable email clients that also allow business management. Managing teams and project using emails has become a very important business practice in recent times. However, sometimes, employees tend to abuse this privilege and use emails to send sensitive documents and company trade secrets.

By monitoring incoming and outgoing emails, employers can protect their business. Most apps for android spying offer email monitoring as one of the features.

5. Remote control of device.

Because cell phones play a very important role in our lives today, everyone and everything depends on them. It is inevitable that employees store sensitive information on the company-issued cell phone. But, in incidences where one loses the cell phone or theft, there may be a risk of leaking classified information. Some information stored on the cell phone like photos, videos, recorded messages, or documents, may damage the reputation of the company. In such cases, the monitoring app installed on the cell phone allows the employer to remotely lock the device, track its location, and even wipe off all data in extreme cases.

Of course, once businesses solve these 5 problems, they can boost productivity and mitigate losses. In addition to using tracking apps, employers can use other tools to save money and cost of business. If you are ready to be successful in business, you need the 5 Type of Tools to Save Money for Your Business.

Author:  Gerhard Gschwantner

Source:  http://www.lifehack.org/

If you’re hosting or attending a Thanksgiving dinner this year, there’s a good chance you’ve used Google to help with the planning. And for businesses, all of those searches can lead to some really helpful insights.

The search engine giant just released a search trends report that shows some of the most popular search terms around Thanksgiving. Not surprisingly, the most popular searches revolve around how to  cook turkey. And people also searched for other alternative recipes, like prime rib, green  beancasserole and pumpkin pie.

But there are also other trends that could be particularly useful to specific types of local businesses. For instance, people tend to search for nearby liquor stores at the last minute. And in certain states, people will also wait until a few days before Thanksgiving to search for nearby meat counters.

Why You Should Know What’s Trending on Google

For businesses, it’s important to  stay in topof what’s trending on Google and understand what they mean for customers. Search engines like Google are prominent with customers looking for specific items or pieces of information. So if you’re able to anticipate what your customers want and cater your website and other online content to it, you can potentially increase your chances of more customers finding your business.

Author:  Annie Pilon

Source:  https://smallbiztrends.com

Wednesday, 23 November 2016 00:31

NASA’s News on Pluto: a new underground ocean

Signs point to an underground ocean on Pluto thanks to information gathered by NASA’s New Horizons probe. While the probe passed Pluto in July of 2015, information continues to travel back to Earth even now. Researchers pore over the information gathered and turn up new revelations every day. While not every finding in the data sent back to our planet is worthy of a massive news story – this one certainly is.

According to a study published this week, scientists from the University of California Santa Cruz, the University of Maryland, and others show Pluto turning over a new leaf. A new leaf, that is, in our understanding of the universe and its possibilities. According to this paper, the reorientation of the nitrogen-covered basin Sputnik Planitia suggests a real-deal subsurface ocean under the surface of Pluto.

ABOVE: New Horizons scientists made this false color image of Pluto to highlight the subtle color differences between Pluto’s distinct regions. Per NASA: “The image data were collected by the spacecraft’s Ralph/MVIC color camera on July 14 at 11:11 AM UTC, from a range of 22,000 miles (35,000 kilometers). This image was presented by Will Grundy of the New Horizons’ surface composition team on Nov. 9 at the Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS) meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) in National Harbor, Maryland.”

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See a full-sized version of the image above at NASA. This image can be downloaded with the link in the lower right-hand side at 1850 x 1850 pixels and over 3MB in size. This is one of many photos of the planet available from NASA for free, thanks to your tax dollars.

Sputnik Planitia is the heart-shaped portion of the planet often shown in the lower right-hand corner of the image. This section is shown in the psychedelic-color image above, half in a sand-tan, half in red. Previous findings suggest that this impact region may have “tipped over” the planet.

The findings suggest that Sputnik Planitia sits close to the longitude of the planet’s tidal axis and “may be an impact feature.” This “may” alludes to features found in other similar basins found on planets throughout our Solar System. It’s said that Pluto likely reorientated when the impact was formed.

The paper references Nimmo, F. & Matsuyama, I. Reorientation of icy satellites by impact basins. Geophys. Res. Lett. 34, L19203 (2007) to show how space bodies like Pluto have moved after impact. If tidal and rotational torques explain Sputnik Planitia’s rise and location, then the feature should be more like a mountain than a dip. As it were, Sputnik Planitia is a rather large dip.

As the research paper says, “if Sputnik Planitia did indeed form as a result of an impact and if Pluto possesses a subsurface ocean, the required positive gravity anomaly would naturally result because of shell thinning and ocean uplift, followed by later modest nitrogen deposition.” A positive gravity anomaly like this requires an “implausibly thick nitrogen layer” (40-kilometers+) unless a subsurface ocean exists.

“To prolong the lifetime of such a subsurface ocean to the present day and to maintain ocean uplift, a rigid, conductive water-ice shell is required,” says the research paper. “Because nitrogen deposition is latitude-dependent, nitrogen loading and reorientation may have exhibited complex feedbacks.”

Author:  Chris Burns

Source:  https://www.slashgear.com

Tuesday, 22 November 2016 17:17

What Does Mobile First Index Actually Mean?

Ever since Google’s Gary Illyes dropped his mobile first index announcement at Pubcon, there’s been lots of theorizing, conjecture, rampant speculation, panic, and confusion about what exactly that means. Will desktop users get mobile sites? Will sites without the mobile friendly designation suffer? Do we need to change all of our canonical tags? How will Google handle the reduced token corpus? What the hell are tokens and a corpus?

Google has gone on record that they are still figuring out exactly how to handle some issues, but that’s probably not comforting to many businesses who rely on Google traffic to pay their bills. As a recovering software engineer turned SEO, I’d like to try and tackle some of these complaints head on and reason through just exactly what may change, how Google might handle them, and what exactly some of these things mean. At the very least, I will add to the theorizing, conjecture, rampant speculation, and panic.

In the spirit of TAGE (that’s TAGFEE minus the fun and empathy) I should disclose that not only did I (and a couple others) share a meal with Gary on the day of this announcement and get a chance to voice our concerns, but we also met with him again after it and had several long talks about these issues on Twitter.

So while much of what I say is technically still conjecture, it’s based on several conversations I’ve had with some Googlers. It’s also important to note that unless I specifically say “Google said this” then Google didn’t say it.

Ok, enough of the CMA-type talk. Let’s get down to it.

First, Let’s Understand What Indexing Means

If you saw my talk at SEJ Summit Chicago I went pretty in-depth into the differences between Crawling, Indexing, Retrieval, and Rankings – the core parts of any search algorithm. It’s important to distinguish them. I assumed this was SEO101 material, but I did see some confusion come up in a few Twitter chats the other day.

  • Crawling is the process by which Google follows links on the web to discover pages. It’s here that they likely discover your content and where they may also apply nofollow and disavow file rules.
  • Indexing is the process of turning your webpage into something more useable and storing it in their database. There’s a lot of cool stuff that happens here like word vectors, ngrams, and all kinds of other awesome computer science stuff I’d love to geek out with you about over some beers. For our purposes though, Indexing is when they make a copy of your page in a format that’s useful to the ranking algorithm. This is basically caffeine, from what I gather.
  • Retrieval is the first part of the search query. It comes before ranking in my example, but there’s a good chance that the actual algorithm does retrieval and ranking at the same time. Retrieval is the part where the engine says “give me everything relevant to this query.” This is the part where those word vectors and ngrams get put to use. This is also the part where Rankbrain most likely comes into play. Hummingbird too (I think – not that it matters.)
  • Ranking is the part we obsess the most over. It’s where they order the results based on whatever number of factors we’re arguing about today. Much of this probably happens during the retrieval phase. However it’s likely that some factors (like penalties, and speed, and even mobile friendly) happen after retrieval. At least that’s how I’d code it – but I’m not as smart of an engineer as some Google employees.

Ok great, what does any of this have to do with the Mobile First Index? I’m getting there, but the WordPress plugin says I need a couple hundred more words, so bear with me. (Kidding, I swear it’s useful.)

So What Is Mobile First Indexing?

Right now, Google has just one index based on the desktop site. It creates signals based on Googlebot with the desktop user agent. Google then crawls with their mobile Googlebot to gather mobile friendly and other signals – but they aren’t creating a new index based on the the mobile site.

Currently, when a user searches Google (either desktop or mobile) the retrieval part of the algorithm looks at the desktop index created by the Googlebot desktop crawler. It finds relevant results based on the desktop index, then ranks them based on the desktop index and even shows the searcher a snippet based on the desktop index. The Ranker then looks at the mobile signals collected by the mobile crawler and adjusts the rankings accordingly.

This has caused some problems. There’s way too many cases where a user sees something in a snippet, clicks the results, gets redirected to the site’s mobile homepage (which probably spawns an app store or newsletter popup) and then realizes the content they saw in the search snippet isn’t available on the stripped down mobile version of the site. This is a bad user experience but it’s pretty much the norm on too many sites.

With this new change, Google seeks to stop that. The general theory (my words not Google’s or Gary’s) is that if the content isn’t important enough to be on your mobile site, then maybe you aren’t the most authoritative or relevant result for that content.

Ok…What’s That Mean?

Many of the conversations and blog posts I see lately are all focused on Ranking. While it’s true that indexing can affect ranking, it shouldn’t be our foremost concern. We should step back and look at indexing if we truly want to be prepared for this change.

When it comes to indexing, there are only a couple of potential situations that can occur for your site. Let’s ignore the concept of “mobile friendly” because that only offers a teeny tiny ranking boost. It also may not come into play here.

It’s important to distinguish between “mobile friendly” for ranking and “mobile index” for relevance. While the weights of “mobile friendly” may change, it’s not the same concept as a mobile index. A site can be in the mobile index without being mobile friendly.

When it comes to mobile first index, there are only about three buckets of scenarios: A website is either responsive, has a separate mobile site, or doesn’t have a mobile site at all. Let’s look at what this means for those three scenarios.

Responsive Sites

The good news here. Pretty much nothing changes with regards to indexing. The same content is (mostly) seen by Googlebot mobile and Googlebot desktop. There’s still some issues here that Google needs to work out but I expect responsive sites to not see much of a change. Issues include things like changing the weights for tabbed content or drop-down menus which are probably less valued on desktop but shouldn’t (in theory) be devalued in mobile.

Separate Mobile and Desktop Sites

Here’s where things get tricky. If a site has device type redirects OR rel=alternate and canonical tags setup, then the mobile crawler will see the mobile site only, and not the desktop site. That means if some content is ONLY on the desktop site, the mobile Googlebot won’t see it and it won’t end up in the mobile first index. This is the issue Google is trying to solve, but it’s also an issue for many publishers.

I showed the below slide at Pubcon. Using SEMrush I grabbed all the keywords that Ampproject.org ranked for on both mobile and desktop. I then graphed them and highlighted the mobile keywords. What’s left un-highlighted is all the keywords where AmpProject.org is ONLY ranking on desktop. That means all of this content is likely not to be seen by the mobile crawler and may soon stop showing up after this mobile index change is made. Or does it? Let’s examine that in the next section.

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No Mobile Site

The last category is pages that don’t have a mobile site. There’s still a ton of those out there. Here’s the good news: The mobile Googlebot will still see these pages! The mobile crawler doesn’t just crawl “mobile friendly” pages. It crawls everything. These pages will still be seen – they just won’t get the “mobile friendly” designation – but that’s completely OK because it has absolutely nothing to do with mobile first indexing. Sure they won’t rank as well as mobile friendly sites – but they’re already not ranking as well as mobile friendly sites. That won’t change after mobile first indexing.

So, What Will be Affected?

Basically, the only pages affected will be pages who have a mobile version that doesn’t include the same content as the desktop version. Again, it’s important to note “page level”here. If we look at our AMPproject.org example above, we see that much of the content is a case study. If that case study had a mobile version that didn’t include all of the content that the desktop page did, then it would suffer from this change. IF, however, that case study ONLY had desktop pages – it would still rank! It’d just be ugly on mobile phones. That’s an important distinction.

And that’s the distinction I’m not seeing many SEOs make. I’m seeing lots of posts looking at the number of pages on a site’s desktop and mobile sites. Unless those desktop pages that don’t have mobile equivalents are redirecting everybody to the mobile homepage, that metric doesn’t matter. Those pages will still get indexed. What we should look at is the content that’s on the desktop page but not the mobile version.

Great, Enough Theory. Just tell me what to do.

Sure, no problem. Make. A. Responsive. Site.

But what about where my mobile users are different personas than my desktop users? What if I want to tailor my mobile site to the fact that they search differently?

Great. Do it! But do it smartly. Think about your site. If your homepage will be missing a ton of content for the mobile version, then maybe that content belongs on a sub-page instead of the homepage? It’s going to take some good Information Architecture, Content Strategy, and UX teamwork, but it’s entirely possible to create a different mobile experience without losing content. It just takes forethought. Hey, nobody said SEO was easy right? It’s time to roll up our sleeves and do some RMS. Real Marketing Shit.

So you’re saying SEO is dead?

Yes. SEO is dead. We need to stop doing SEO and start doing SEO. No, it’s not. This doesn’t really change much in the long scheme of things. It’s just a bit ahead of the curve based on where websites are currently.

What if I’m not responsive? Can I do some little things?

Yup. For starters, get rid of all those device type redirects from sub-pages to the mobile homepage. Nobody likes those. If you don’t have a mobile equivalent of the page, just serve mobile users the desktop page. It’s actually a better user experience to get the content they want in an ugly format than a pretty page that doesn’t relate to what they’re looking for. Better yet, create a mobile version of the page!

What about rel=alternate and canonicals? Do I have to change them?
Probably not. Google has mentioned that it’s likely they’ll be smart enough to handle them on their own – as asking Webmasters to change them all would basically never happen.

Will this open up the doors for spamming desktop users?
Probably not (But that won’t keep us from trying right?) Just like Google visits your site with multiple user agents now to determine mobile friendly, I assume they’ll keep doing that only in reverse. If your mobile site is about Taylor Swift and your Desktop site is about Viagra, they’ll easily catch that and take appropriate action.

Anything else?
Start thinking about micro-formats. For some reason, many SEOs didn’t add these to their mobile sites. Make sure you’re using your schema and hreflang on all your pages.

That’s pretty much it. If you think of other questions or concerns, please share them in the comments or annoy me on Twitter and I’ll gladly take a stab at answering them.

Source : https://www.searchenginejournal.com

Author : Ryan Jones

Harvard Business Review looked at how leading companies turn data into insights that drive marketing performance. They found that leading practitioners focus on seeing, sorting, sharing, and sparking insights to get real value from data.

In this collection of Harvard Business Review articles, brought to you by Google Surveys 360, you’ll learn:

  • What visibility across channels and touchpoints looks like in a mobile-first world.
  • Why integrating and sorting data in near-real time matters.
  • Who needs to share, understand, and learn from data-driven insights.
  • How both planning and experimentation lead to “aha” moments.

Author:  Digital Marketing Depot

Source:  http://searchengineland.com/

The text message is dead! And in its place, long live the more popular, more flexible, more user-friendly - and now entirely free - WhatsApp. With the annual fee having long since been knocked on the head and video calling having finally landed, there's now nothing standing between you and endless chats. That means it's time to progress beyond the basics and learn to become a WhatsApp wizard.

From dodging awkward messages without the guilt to keeping the adult stuff private, here are the WhatsApp tips and tricks that will turn you into a messaging master.

1. Hide the fact that you're ignoring someone

WhatsApp blue ticks

Disabling those giveaway double blue ticks (Settings > Account > Privacy > Read Receipts) is a great way to avoid the 'I know you've read it' message rebuttals when opting to ignore someone. Turn them off all the time, however, and suspicion might start to grow.

And yet you can hide that you've read messages on an individual basis. Before you open the questionable chat, switch your phone to airplane mode. You can now read away with no alert being sent. Now exit the message before you turn airplane mode off again, and it will remain unread - well, in the sender's eyes at least. Cue evil laugh.

2. Enjoy guilt-free message dodging by hiding your 'last seen' time 

WhatsApp Last Seen time

WhatsApp's double blue ticks are a backstabbing homing beacon for social snubbing. However, they're not the only notifier out to show up your message-dodging deceit. Your 'last seen' time is a second layer of unwanted attention when you're desperately trying to avoid an awkward conversation.

You can turn it off though. By heading to Settings > Account > Privacy > Last Seen, you can decide who, if anyone, you want to see when you've last been active. Finally, guilt-free ignoring is possible.

3. Magically recover deleted messages

WhatsApp messages

*Smiles*, *brags*, *accidentally presses delete* ...and as simple as that, the number of that pretty girl/ guy is gone. All is not lost, though, for there is a way to bring back messages from the dead. You're going to have to pre-empt your message deleting misfortunes here a little bit though.

If you've set up daily backup for your favoured chats (see tip #11), WhatsApp will, in the wee hours of the morning, save that day's messages to the cloud. Now, if you accidentally delete messages or entire chats, you can simply recover the lost content with Harry Potter-levels of wizardry by reinstalling the app. Phone numberious, returnerum!

4. Send a message with your voice

iOS 10 Siri

"Hey, Siri, stop being beyond useless." Oh, you've listened, thanks. Having moved past its infuriating "sorry, I didn't quite catch that roots," Siri has added some impressive new smarts, and now plays nice with a number of third-party apps, including the likes of WhatsApp.

That means you can get your voice involved when you want to send a message. Now, instead of dictating your messages to be sent as out dated texts, Siri lets you read out your commands to WhatsApp and enjoy some impressive hands-free messaging. All you need to do, once you've ensured you're running the latest version of WhatsApp, is bust out the correct vocal commands: "Hey, Siri. Send a WhatsApp to mum…"

5. Throw in some bold and italics to get your point across

WhatsApp Bold

WhatsApp is great for most things. Sensing tone isn't always one of them though. Fortunately there's a hidden little feature to help you better get your point across and help your friends understand the urgency of your messages. You can add bold, italics, and even strikethrough.

How? Well, sadly it's not as easy as simply clicking the corresponding button. Instead, every time you want to put a bit of emphasis on a certain word, you'll have to put the desired command shortcut around the words you want to stand out. To bold up, you need to but an asterisk on either side of the word, like *this*, while italics need an underscore on either side of a _word_, and strikethrough a tildes (those squiggly hyphens), just like ~this~. Feeling jazzy? You can even combine commands for *_bolditalics_* attention grabbing.

6. Mute group chat notifications for personal sanity

WhatsApp mute

You just wanted to know what time you were supposed to be meeting at the pub tomorrow. But that one simple question has resulted in three hours of WhatsApp-based 'banter' between your cretinous mates. Each 'your mum' joke and unwitty aside at an ex's expense is now just a movie-interrupting, sleep-preventing irritant.

Well, no more - it's time to hit the big red mute button. In a chat, simply select the name at the top to launch an in-message settings menu. From here you can toggle mute on (NB: not big or red), cutting out the bings and bongs for a range of timeframes ranging from "friend-snubbing" 8 hours to an "OK, we're done" full year.

7. Use WhatsApp on the big screen

WhatsApp Web

Just because your boss gets a bit sniffy about having your phone out in the office, doesn't mean you have to miss out on important WhatsApp messages (read inane, time-wasting chatter). The service can be switched to your desktop too.

Dedicated Windows and Mac OS WhatsApp apps have just launched, meaning you can seamlessly sync your smartphone-based chats to your primary computer and skive work without anyone suspecting a thing - bonus.

8. Stop dirty images showing in your camera roll

WhatsApp pictures

If you're the sort of person who sends and receives images you'd rather your friends didn't stumble across, you probably don't want them saved just two swipes from last night's party pics in your camera roll.

There's an easy way to avoid accidental image embarrassment though. In Settings > Chatsyou can toggle the Save Incoming Media tab. Now you can share smutty snaps with little fear of reprise.

9. Save your data allowance from meme-spam

WhatsApp data usage

If you've been hitting it hard on the train-based Netflix sessions this month, you probably don't want every cat snap or Game of Thrones meme you're sent further eating up your data allowance. But you can save the megabytes by setting images and videos to download only when you're connected to the Wi-Fi.

To enable these data-saving ways on iOS, all you need to do is go Settings > Data Usagewhere you'll be able to assign download methods per content type. On Android things are a little different. You're offered all the same options, but you'll have to go Settings > Chats and Calls > Media Auto-Download to find them.

10. Turn your best mate into a WhatsApp-themed app

WhatsApp

Find it hard to pick out your bezzie mates from your mass of WhatsApp chats? Well, there's a great way to give people priority, although it's one for just the Android folks - sorry Apple owners. You can cut down the search time by saving shortcuts to your favourite WhatsApp Chats direct to your handset homescreen.

A long press on the desired chat will launch a menu of options, including the 'Add chat shortcut' tab. And that's it: you can now share your selfies and oddball chatter a fraction of a second quicker. It's like having an app dedicated to your mate. Which isn't creepy at all.

11. Hide incriminating chats from prying eyes

WhatsApp

There are some instances where you might not want your partner seeing your WhatsApp messages popping up. Surprise party planning, for example. Or, erm… nope, that's it, we can't think of any more innocent reasons.

Keeping your secrets secret can be achieved by hiding your message previews though. This stops your lockscreen alerts teasing the potentially incriminating introduction to a message. 'How?' we hear you cry (with only a slight tinge of urgent panic). Just go Settings > Notifications > Show Preview, and your messages will be replaced by relationship-saving basic alerts.

12. Broadcast your private messages to the masses

WhatsApp broadcast

Just because you want to send the same message to a number of people doesn't mean you necessarily want to start a group chat where everyone can interact with each other and annoy you with endless message alerts. The solution is a 'broadcast'.

Tapping the menu button reveals the 'New broadcast' option. This will send a single message to multiple recipients, creating an individual chat for each. You don't even need to trouble yourself with endless cut and paste efforts either - it's the modern equivalent of BCCing someone into an email.

13. Make it easy to switch phones with your messages in tow

WhatsApp backup

Worried about losing your past year of mass messages? You don't have to put off upgrading your handset - just take your chats with you. It's not hard to do either. Both iPhone and Android owners have their own WhatsApp backup options thanks to iCloud and Google Drive syncing.

In Settings > Chats > Chat Backup, you can set your service to sync up with the cloud on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. Now if your phone malfunctions or you move to a new handset, simply logging in to WhatsApp will bring all your past chats across.

14. Make important messages easy to locate

WhatsApp Starred Messages

We've all been there - scrolling back through 268 messages trying to find an address or meet-up time. There is an easier way though - starring your standout messages for future finding. Similar to favouriting a tweet, WhatsApp messages can be starred simply be holding down on the desired correspondence and tapping the pop-up star icon.

You can then jump straight to a list of all your starred messages direct from your WhatsApp homescreen. Hours of endless scrolling begone.

15. See exactly when your message was read

WhatsApp read times

There's always one person in a group chat who fails to commit to the communal plans - you know who they are. You can chase them up though by seeing not only who has read the message, but exactly when they read them.

Long press on a message you've sent and hit the 'info' tab when it pops up. This will break down who has read and who has received the message, with timings for both handily displayed.

16. Maintain your privacy in unfriendly group chats

WhatsApp Privacy

Check you out with your multiple friendship groups! Aren't we the social butterfly? But while you're strutting around like the big I am, think on: friends of friends you've never met - but share group chat standing with - are snooping on your innermost secrets. Or your personal details, at least.

While you're never going to be able to hide your phone number (probably the biggest bit of data these people can see), you can limit access to your profile photo and personal status by heading to Settings > Account > Privacy and hitting the right sub-menus though.

17. Give yourself no excuse to not reply

WhatsApp unread

OK, so you can't handle replying right now, but you don't want to be forced out of friendship by long-term blanking either. Hmmm, what to do? Well, you could simply set a visual reminder that you've got messages that need returning.

You can do this on your chat list, by swiping in from the left on your desired message thread. This will let you mark that conversation as unread. Now there's no excuse for replying later.

Source : digitalspy.com

There are plenty of jokes that could be made about Donald Trump winning the White House and the appearance of a rare and super bright large moon in the sky Sunday night.Is it the end of the world as we know it?Hold on. Barring something unforeseen, the Nov. 13 supermoon isn't a sign of the end of days. It is, scientist said, just a part of the cycle in the moon's slightly elliptical orbit around the Earth. That orbit means tomorrow night's moon – known as a supermoon or Beaver Moon - will appear 30 percent brighter than it would on a typical night.It's the biggest moon in 68 years. We won't see another supermoon like this one until Nov. 25, 2034.

Supermoon end of days?

Many sky watchers are looking forward to the rare occurrence but there are others who said the appearance of the supermoon is a harbinger of disaster. Most of the latest-end-of-the-world talk is building on the mythology around September's 2015 supermoon, known as a "Blood Moon," which pastors at the time said was part of a series of four blood moon eclipses that signaled doomsday.
This year's end-of-times talk centers on the dates around the appearance of this supermoon. The last time the moon was this close to the Earth was in November 1948, just months after the creation of the national of Israel. Its second appearance comes as work is underway on the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, considered to be the location of Jesus's tomb. The timing of the event is leading some people to see the November 2016 supermoon as the completion of Biblical prophecy.Scientists aren't buying it, however. The supermoon isn't a fulfillment of prophecy – it's just a function of the lunar rock's orbit around the Earth. 
 

Here's how NASA explains the supermoon:

  
"The moon's orbit around Earth is slightly elliptical so sometimes it is closer and sometimes it's farther away. When the moon is full as it makes its closest pass to Earth it is known as a supermoon. At perigree — the point at which the moon is closest to Earth — the moon can be as much as 14 percent closer to Earth than at apogee, when the moon is farthest from our planet. The full moon appears that much larger in diameter and because it is larger shines 30 percent more moonlight onto the Earth.
"That doesn't mean it's not a sign, scientists said, albeit in a scientific way.
"The moon is the Rosetta Stone by which we understand the rest of the solar system," said Noah Petro, deputy project scientist for NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission.
If you want to see what all the buzz is about for yourself, the best time to see the November supermoon is at 6:22 a.m. ET and "opposite" the sun for the full moon at 8:52 a.m. ET. (or 7:52 a.m. CT, 6:52 a.m. MT, 5:52 a.m. PT.)
Source: al.com
Thursday, 10 November 2016 16:25

For American Muslims: Shock fear and resolve

Not when Donald Trump proposed banning Muslims from entering the United States, a plan his own running mate called "offensive and unconstitutional."
Not when Trump suggested monitoring mosques and torturing terrorism suspects.
    Not even when Islamophobic incidents spiked to their highest levels since the 9/11 attacks.
    In some ways, Ali, a 40-year-old mother of three, had been buffered from the long and brutal 2016 presidential campaign.
    She trods familiar ground in her Virginia home. She drops her children off at school, where the teachers know her and she knows them. She shops at the same grocery store, where the people smile at her and she smiles back, her face framed by a hijab.
    At her polling station on Tuesday, she was greeted warmly by neighbors, even the ones whose cars bore pro-Trump stickers.
    As the editor of the Muslim section of Patheos, a website specializing in spirituality, Ali had edited plenty of stories about other Muslims' distress. She knew their fears intimately. But she had never herself felt the stomach-churning anxiety.
    Until Wednesday morning.
    "I woke up today and I finally felt it. It felt personal, like the election was a vote against me."
    As a tumultuous Tuesday ticked toward a worry-producing Wednesday, scores of Muslim imams and activists, soccer moms and scholars, commiserated over their concern and uncertainty, even as they pledged to hold fast to their faith and build stronger coalitions with fellow minorities.
    More than 7 in 10 Muslims had said they would vote for Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee, according to an October survey by the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Just 4% had said they would vote for Trump, and perhaps as few expected him to win.
    Some said his election felt like a betrayal, as if half the country had turned on them.
    "Our worst nightmare materialized last night," said Wardah Khalid, a writer and foreign policy analyst.
    "A man that built his platform on bigotry, misogyny, and the vilification of Muslims and minorities won the highest office in the land."

    'Open season' on Muslims

    "Shock. Complete and utter shock," said Yasir Qadhi, a well-known Muslim scholar in Memphis, Tennessee. He, like many others, said he had expected Clinton to win the presidency.
    "And all of us are genuinely worried. I fear for the safety of my wife in hijab; of my children in the streets; of minorities everywhere struggling to understand what happened."
    Sahar Aziz, a professor at the Texas A&M University School of Law, said Trump's election represents a regression to a less tolerant and inclusive America.
    "The general mood I am seeing among Muslims is concern that a Trump presidency will be open season on them. Some Muslims worry their children may experience bullying at school because Trump's victory validated the mainstreaming of Islamophobia. Some women are afraid to wear their headscarves in public in case this invites physical or verbal assault."
    Amirah Waite, a 19-year-old American-Indonesian college student who lives in Hawaii, said Wednesday she was "so terrified that I can't stop shaking ... stuck in a country that hates me."
     
    Other Muslims said they fear Trump will install anti-Muslim activists, whose work he has promoted, in powerful roles at the Justice Department and other agencies.
    "We could go back to that post-9/11, witch hunt-type environment," said Sheikh Hamza Yusuf, a scholar and co-founder of Zaytuna College, the country's first accredited Muslim college.
    In California, Abdullah bin Hamid Ali said he and other African-American Muslims are somewhat less unsettled than their immigrant co-religionists. They have seen enough of American history to sense that elections often hinge on turning out white voters, sometimes through fear and demonization of "others."
    "While I can't say I'm 'happy' with the results (I wasn't rooting for Clinton, either) I am somewhat hopeful that Trump's election will force people to come closer and be much nicer to one another," said Abdullah, a professor at Zaytuna.
    Omid Safi, director of Duke University's Islamic Center, likewise said he hopes Trump's election will foster a sense of solidarity among the marginalized, including Muslims and Hispanics, African-Americans and Native Americans, poor people and gays and lesbians.
    "If we want to see an America that we are proud of, we have to build that America. It is not in our present, and was not part of our past, it can only be in our shared future."

    Determined not to change

    Dalia Mogahed, a researcher and pollster, said she is in shock, unable to believe that more than 50.5 million Americans voted to elect Donald Trump as president.
    "I'm scared of what this means for my family, especially my kids. What kind of an America will they inherit?"
    But Mogahed said she is determined not to change a "single plan." She will continue to advocate on behalf of this country's estimated 3.3 million Muslims and to wear her hijab in public, proudly announcing her identity as a Muslim.
    Many Muslims expressed similar thoughts on Wednesday, resolving to continue to fight for their civil rights, and to remain vigilant against any encroachments on their claim to an American identity.
    "I'm assuming that the next four years will be hard, but we must use a Trump victory to renew our connection to God and communities so we can organize around important issues that concern us all," said Imam Suhaib Webb, a popular cleric based in Washington.
    "Regardless of the situation, God commands us to stay dedicated to good and to each other. Nothing changes. My passion is greater than it was yesterday."

    'God's got us'

    On Wednesday morning in Texas, Sheikh Omar Suleiman had one of the toughest conversations he can recall with his young daughter.
    "She couldn't understand why America would elect a bigoted bully. And neither can I. But I reminded her what we do with bullies: We stand up to them."
    Hundreds of miles away, Ali had a similar conversation with her 13-year-old daughter.
    The middle-school student had become deeply invested in the presidential campaign. Her class held mock elections and watched the debates for extra credit. She knew that Trump had mocked a disabled reporter. She heard what he said about Muslims and women.
    As her daughter sobbed on her shoulder, Ali tried to comfort her. But her bluff was called.
    "You're right, it's not OK," Ali said.
    "None of this is OK. But eventually, it will be OK. We are a practicing Muslim family and presidents and elections and nationalism and culture are one thing, but God is above all of us. And God has his reasons for doing things that we don't understand, but I fully believe that he's got us."
    Later on Wednesday, after Ali's husband dropped their daughter off at school, Ali called the school counselor. She asked the counselor to check on her daughter, quietly, and not let her know that Ali was worried.
    Source : edition.cnn

    If you've always wanted someone around the house to answer all the questions you have during the course of your day, that someone is a something -- Google Home.

    Google has a winner with Google Home, for those who want a hands-free assistant that can answer a broad range of questions that come up during day-to-day activities in the house. It easily beats what Amazon Echo can do.

    Google Home — which ships to consumers this week — is Google’s answer to the Amazon Echo, which came out two years ago. Both are hands-free, voice-activated devices designed to be placed in a home and able to play music, provide news, control devices and generally serve as an all-around assistant.

    Assistants & asking for answers

    Part of that assistance is answering questions people might have. Here, Google Home outshines Amazon Echo because its built-in “Google Assistant” is smarter than the Echo’s “Alexa” assistant. Because Google harvests information from across the web, it can answer far more types of questions than Alexa can, my testing found.

    I’ve been using Google Home for nearly a week. It sits in my kitchen, next to my Amazon Echo. I’ve asked both questions, as have my family, as they’ve come up as part of our daily routine.

    The videos below illustrate this. In some of them, you’ll hear me ask both devices the same question at almost the same time. If you do it right, you can get “side-by-side” answers. It does have the potential to confuse the device asked first. In any side-by-side examples I show, I also tested each device separately to ensure that they weren’t being confused.

    For simple information, both do well

    Ask both about the weather, and they are an equal match:

     

    Basic facts are also provided by both, such as the distance from the earth to the moon:

    When you go beyond the basics, however, Alexa can’t keep up. For example, Alexa couldn’t answer “Can guinea pigs eat grapes?” while Google Home gave a solid answer:

    That question is a perfect example of how Google Home shines for off-the-beaten track questions. It came to mind because my guinea pig started squawking as I came into the kitchen, wanting a treat. I opened the refrigerator, saw some grapes and wondered if they’d be OK.

    Actually, I already knew they were OK from previous experience. That experience was that I’d looked it up either on my phone or computer. Could one of these newfangled hands-free devices magically give me the answer, no typing required? Google Home could and did.

     

    Hands-free answers, even for hard questions

    As a long-time Amazon Echo owner, I’ve learned that its Alexa assistant generally can’t handle complicated questions. That’s trained me to not even ask. But with Google Home, each success gave me more and more confidence to ask further questions, a positive reinforcement loop and a real edge for the product.

    A real intensive bout of questioning happened when my family was watching TV last week. A commercial came on for for the Kia Soul EV-e, a small electric car. We’ve been looking for electric cars and hadn’t realized Kia made one. My wife wondered how many miles-to-the gallon (or the electric equivalent) they got and the range.

    We paused the TV and asked our assistants, which could hear us from from the living room:

     

    I was pretty impressed. For my family, this was just a challenge to prove that Google Home could be stumped with more questions. My son, who’d been working on homework earlier, asked how to calculate “percent abundance,” which is some chemistry thing I’ve long forgotten and am thankful I don’t need to know now.

    Google Home got it; Alexa did not. Here’s the side-by-side with me asking (and no, Alexa couldn’t get it when asked on its own):

    My wife decided to try and stump Google Home by asking for British chef Delia Smith’s mince pie recipe. Google Home again had an answer where Alexa did not:

     

    Companion app provides further information

    Of course, completing a recipe delivered verbally is pretty much impossible for most cooking, unless you have a great memory. That’s where Google Home has another great feature. For complicated answers, it sends a link to the companion Google Home app on your phone, so you can consult with the source site in more detail:

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    The companion apps for Google Home and Amazon Echo both keep a record of all your queries. The difference with Google Home is that you get these types of more information links presented.

    For more about this, especially for SEOs and search marketers, see my other story: How Google Home turns voice answers into clickable links.

    Welcome home, Google Home

    In the end, Google Home won my wife over. “Yes, I’d buy that over the Amazon Echo,” she remarked. Meanwhile, my son gave up on trying to stump it and instead progressed to tricking Google Home & Amazon Echo to continually talk to each other:

    How to make Google Home & Amazon Echo talk to each other in an infinite loop is my article on how you can do this yourself, if you have both devices and wish to further contribute to the woeful rise in abuse of artificial intelligence and robots.

    I’ve continued asking various questions that have come to mind on the spur-of-the-moment, and Google often comes through.

    For example, I missed game six of the World Series while I was out. When I got home, my wife told me how there was a grand slam. But she wasn’t certain if that was the right term for when a run brings in loaded bases (she’s British). I thought it was but wasn’t certain (because I’m fairly sports ignorant).

    I asked Google Home, one way, and it didn’t know. I tried a slightly different way, and I got an answer. The Amazon Echo couldn’t answer either way. Here’s the successful answer:

    Google Home’s answers aren’t always right

    Google Home isn’t perfect, of course. There are times that it just can’t answer a question. On the odd occasion, the Amazon Echo can answer when Google fails, as when I asked “What’s the World Series score?”, as shown below:

    Asked another way — “Who’s winning the World Series” — and both were able to answer:

    Perhaps a bigger issue is when Google Home confidently answers a question even though the answer isn’t right. For example, when my new Lego catalog arrived yesterday, there was an article about how the new Disney Castle is the second tallest Lego set of all time. I wondered what the tallest was and asked:

     

    Google Home pulled an answer about the Taj Mahal from an IGN article, saying it was the biggest. That’s true. But it’s not the tallest. That’s the Eiffel Tower set of 2007.

    That answer was bad because it didn’t answer the actual question. Here’s an example where Google Home gives a flat-out incorrect answer, that of Barack Obama being “King of the United States.”

    Ironically, that’s an answer from Search Engine Land, where we documented how Google was mistakenly giving the wrong answer for this question from another source. By doing this, we became the new source. It’s just one of many examples we’ve covered where Google’s guesses about answers drawn from across the web go wrong.

    In short, Google Home’s strength in drawing answers from across the web, without human curation or review, can also be its weakness. But overall, I’d say as with regular Google itself, it’s more likely to get things right than wrong.

    Beyond answers, Echo is stronger

    Beyond answering questions, I’d give Echo the edge, an advantage that largely comes from being a platform that has matured over the past two years.

    While Google Home can control devices, Echo seems able to handle a wider variety. In my home, Echo can talk with two different types of connected lights I have, as well as a non-Nest thermostat. Google Home couldn’t see any of these.

    I love how Echo delivers up news from a huge variety of sources, over 300. Google has about 50.

     

    Echo also really shines in having a deep library of “skills,” where third-parties have enabled Echo to do certain things like test your Harry Potter knowledge, play the “Name Game,” have you do random exercises and yes, the always amusing skill to make your Echo fart.

    Activating Echo to ask questions is easier, in terms of syllables and words. Echo responds when you say the “hotword” or “wake word” of “Alexa,” a single word of three syllables. You can even change that to “Echo.” Google Home wants “OK Google,” two words and four syllables. I know it’s just an extra word and syllable, but it still adds a slightly annoying amount of delay when asking for what you want. It’s also not something you can change, but Google is also testing using “Hey Google,” which at least saves a syllable.

    Personally, I feel the sound quality from Echo is better than Google Home. We often play music out of Echo because it so easy to do and the speakers are so nice. Google Home sounded flatter and less rich to me. But others might disagree, and this certainly isn’t a review of its sound quality.

    Another nice touch with Google Home is that if you have two of them, you can have music play on both. You can also speak to one and tell it to send music to another. This worked fairly well in my testing, telling my upstairs Google Home to play something downstairs. You can also send to Chromecast units or devices with Chromecast built-in, though this failed to work with my Vizio TV that has Chromecast support.

    Worthy competition

    If you’ve been considering a home assistant, Google Home is a compelling choice. Even being brand new, it stands up well against Echo in many ways. It’s especially good if you expect you like the idea of a device that allows you to easily ask all types of questions.

    Google Home is also $50 cheaper, $129 in the US versus $179 for the Amazon Echo. Amazon does offer the Amazon Tap for $129, which is basically a smaller version of the Echo that has an internal battery, making it portable. The sounds on that is great, but the disadvantage is that you have to push a button to ask questions. It’s not a robust replacement for a true hands-free assistant.

    There’s also the Echo Dot, which is cheap at $50. It does the hands-free assistant stuff as well as the regular Echo. But it has a tiny speaker that’s not great for playing music, though it can be connected to a sound system.

    Echo has the advantage in being a robust device that’s even smart enough to recognize that different people may use it, so that you can switch to access different music lists or shopping lists. It can even read books that you already own, no audiobook version needed (if you don’t mind a robot-sounding voice).

    While Google Home isn’t as robust in some areas, there’s every reason to expect it will grow. That’s especially because it’s already launching with a solid foundation.

    Source : searchengineland

    Default settings are a blessing and a curse. If you haven’t started customizing your devices, it’s great to have the creator-recommended settings to begin with, but these aren’t always in your best interest. Sometimes, they may value features above battery life, or could be sharing your information without explicitly asking you.

    No matter what mobile platform you’re using, there are some options you should tweak for increased security and privacy. If you’re not used to diving into your phone’s settings, don’t worry! We’ll walk you through how to reach each setting.

    For All Devices

    Before we get to the settings in Android, iOS, and Windows Phone specifically, there are some settings across devices that should be enabled no matter what.

    Set A Screen Lock

    A screen lock is your most basic line of defense to keep unwanted parties out of your phone. Whether it’s stopping your friends from snooping on your photos or keeping your information safe should you lose your device, the second of inconvenience that you deal with typing in a passcode is worth it. Different operating systems have varying options; here we’ll set up a PIN since it’s supported by all, is easy to remember, and is secure (unlike a pattern lock).

    On Android, head to Settings > Security > Screen Lock and from here, you can choose a PIN of four numbers or more. On iOS, you’ll find the same setting at Settings > Passcode. It’s a good idea to make sure that you require the passcode immediately on both devices, so there’s no delay if you lock your phone and then walk away. You can also deny access to certain features from the lock screen if you’re concerned about them.

    01-Android-iOS-PIN

     

    For Windows Phone, journey to Settings > Lock Screen and find the Password option at the bottom. Tip: don’t use the PIN shown in this example!

    02-WP-PIN

    Opt Out Of Ad Tracking

    Advertising is a huge business. We’ve written before about how online ads are used to target youand this goes even further with social media ads. You have to expect a level of this behavior while using the Internet, but there are ways to limit how much information is collected about you.

    For Windows Phone, go to Settings again, this time to the Advertising ID tab. It’s a simple entry that only allows you to toggle targeted advertising on or off; you should disable it so you’re not being tracked. For iOS, you’ll find the option under Settings > Privacy > Advertising. Here, enable the Limited Targeted Advertising setting to reduce tracking.

    03-WP-iOS-Ad-Tracking

     

    Google created a separate app, Google Settings, to manage your account on Android. Besides being a place to disable battery-sucking Google services, you can also find your advertising preference here at Ads > Opt out of interest-based ads. Using this option will reduce the great amount of information that Google knows about you.

    04-Android-Ad-Tracking

    Find Your Phone

    In the old days of mobile OSes, you had to install a separate app to track your phone if you lost it. Now, however, all three platforms have a built-in method to locate your device if it should go missing. It’s crucial that you activate these; if you don’t, you may be left without options if your phone is stolen or lost.

    On iOS, pay a visit to Settings > iCloud > Find My iPod/iPhone/iPad. Once this set-and-forget option is enabled, you can view the its location anytime by installing the Find My iPhone app on another Apple device, or by visiting the web interface. Apple has provided more info if you’re interested in the specifics; if your phone was stolen check out Tim’s tips on what actions to take.

    05-Find-My-iPhone

     

    For Windows Phone, you’ll find the option at Settings > Find My Phone. Choose to toggle the two options here if you like, then you can use the website to track your phone’s location, ring it, or erase it remotely.

    On Android, visit our friend Google Settings again, and browse this time to Android Device Manager. Be sure that the top box is checked; the bottom is a last-resort should you give up hope on finding your phone, so you should enable just in case. Like iOS, you can visit the Android Device Manager online or download its app onto another Android-powered device.

    06-Find-My-WP-Android

     

    Don’t Save Passwords In Browser

    It’s tempting to use the “Remember Password” option that mobile browsers provide since typing out passwords on a small keyboard can be frustrating. However, this convenience is a safety risk, as anyone who grabs your phone can poke around and see which sites you’re already logged into. Keep an eye out for these pop-ups and be sure to deny them.

    To clear out any existing passwords, on iOS go to Settings > Safari > Passwords & AutoFill. Here, be sure that you check “Saved Passwords” for any entries; it’s also wise to remove your credit card info from storage if it’s there.

    07-iOS-Password-Autofill

     

    On Windows Phone, you’ll need to go to Settings, slide over to Applications > Internet Explorerand choose Advanced Settings at the bottom. Make sure that Don’t Remember is selected under Website Passwords. If you already have some saved and want to start fresh, back up one level to Internet Explorer’s settings and choose to Delete History.

    08-WP-Web-Passwords

    For Android, open Chrome and click the three-dot Menu bar in the top-right. Choose Settings and under Save Passwords you can view any that you’ve set to remember or never remember. You can also turn the feature off from here.

    09-Android-Save-Passwords

    Once you’ve done all this, it’s a great idea to get set up with LastPass, which includes mobile support in its $12/year Premium option that we’ve reviewed. When all of your passwords are encrypted behind a master password instead of being insecurely stored on your phone, you’ll be much safer.

    Back Up

    We’ve written about backing up your Windows Phone, a smartphone running Android, or iPhone, and each strategy contains a variety of apps to help you do the job. However, each OS also includes a few built-in settings you want to be sure to activate in the event that you have to wipe your phone. Note that these will not back up everything of value on your phone, so they should only be viewed as one piece of your backup plan.

    For Android, the appropriate setting is at Settings > Backup & Reset. Check the boxes here to be sure that if you ever get a new phone, your app data and Wi-Fi passwords will be intact. On iOS, Settings > iCloud will get you where you need to be. You can choose which types of data are backed up to iCloud; it’s a good idea to send everything up unless you’re low on space. Whatever you choose, be sure that the Backup option is enabled near the bottom!

    10-Android-iOS-Backup

    The Windows Phone entry is aptly-named; head to Settings > Backup and confirm that your device is backing up for you. If you need to tweak a category, press it for more options.

    11-WP-Backup

     

    Individual OS Settings

    iOS

    Most iOS apps will ask you for a variety of permissions, from accessing your photos to your location. Sometimes you want to share these for the app to function, but you might be wary of other apps, such as Facebook Messenger. To review permissions you’ve granted apps, you can head to Settings > Privacy to view permission groups. With iOS 8, you’re also able to scroll to the bottom of the page at Settings and view each app separately. Both will show you the same information; the only difference is whether you prefer to group by app (below right) or by permission type (below left).

    12-iOS-Privacy

    Finally, for iOS you can tweak all of your location-sharing information in one place. It’s buried at Settings > Privacy > Location Services; scroll all the way down to System Services. Here’s you’ll have plenty of options. It’s a good idea to shut off location-based ads and location sharing if you don’t need it, but using your location for time zones isn’t a privacy concern. Make sure to leave Find my iPhone enabled here, too!

    13-iOS-Location-Services

    For even more iOS settings to play with, check out Tim’s list of pesky iOS 7 defaults.

    You Might Want To Change These Pesky Default iOS 7 Settings You Might Want To Change These Pesky Default iOS 7 SettingsThe way Apple supplies the iPhone or iPad in its default state might not be for everybody, and there are a number of settings you might want to change immediately.

    Android

    Android has a reputation for being filled with viruses. While that’s not exactly true, there are threats out there and so being educated about smartphone security is a must. To start, a biggie is to make sure your phone won’t allow apps to be installed from outside Google Play. There are legitimate alternatives to Google Play, but keeping the option open while you’re not specifically using it is a security flaw.

    A trip to Settings > Security > Unknown Sources will be all you need; keep this box unchecked and while you’re here, be sure that Verify Apps is enabled to scan any installed apps against known threats.

    14-Android-Unknown-Sources

    Also in the Security section of Settings is the Device Administration list. Know that any apps listed here require permissions greater than most Android apps. An example is the Android Device Manager we discussed earlier; it needs to be set as an admin to be able to remotely wipe your phone.

    Take a look at this list and be sure that you’ve explicitly enabled all of them and they’re still relevant. If you’re ever prompted to make an app an administrator, do some research first to be sure it’s legitimate.

    15-Android-Device-Admins

    All Android users should know about permissions and why they’re so critical to your phone’s operation. They’re different from iOS, so be sure to read Chris’ guide to Android permissions.

    Windows Phone

    Aside from the above, Windows Phone doesn’t have a lot of settings that need to be changed. The only noticeable option is the useful Kid’s Corner. The official video does a great job of explaining it.

     

    Children seem to be drawn to smartphones, but letting them wander on them can lead to problems, particularly with ads and in-app purchases. The solution is Kid’s Corner, which allows you to set certain apps for your kids to use and doesn’t let them use anything else, like the browser or shop. To set it up, just go to Settings > Kid’s Corner and you’ll be able to add permitted apps. Be sure you have a PIN enabled when using this option, or else there’s nothing stopping your child from getting into your full phone!

    16-WP-Kids-Corner

    All Secured!

    Going through a list of settings may be kind of bland, but you’ll be glad you took advantage of these options. It would be nice if the default settings were the safest, but unfortunately convenience is usually valued above privacy.

    If you’re looking for more phone security tips, check out ten common mistakes that open you up to risk.

    What other settings are crucial to change? Will you be adjusting your settings? Leave a comment and let us know!

    Source : makeuseof

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