These days, it seems like danger is lurking everywhere online. If you make a wrong move, you may wind up with a virus or malware installed on your computer. Unfortunately, the same applies for your smartphone, as they have become miniature computers themselves. While you probably already practice safe online habits, there is always the fear that you could be compromised without even knowing about it. If you are worried, then here are several ways to find out if you’ve been hacked. One best way is by downloading a mobile antivirus.
Battery Drains Quickly
This seems to be a symptom of most new phones these days, but you should be able to notice if it goes down faster than usual. To make sure that it’s a hacker, though, you want to look at what is draining the battery the most. If it shows apps that you hardly use, then it could be malware or other malicious software running the background.
Phone Gets Hot
Another symptom of being hacked is that your phone starts to get hotter. As with all electronics, the more that it is being used, the warmer it gets. Since phone’s don’t have built-in fans like a desktop computer, they can get quite hot when you’re using a lot of data. If this happens while the phone is resting in your pocket, it could be a sign that some apps are running without your knowledge.
Sending Spiked Texts or Emails
A surefire way to know that your phone is compromised is if you have records of “sending” text messages or emails to your contact list that contain viruses or unsafe links. If that does happen, it means that someone is using your phone for nefarious purposes.
New Apps are Installed
If you find out that your phone has more apps than it should, it means that a third-party is installing them without your knowledge.
If you notice any of these signs, then you have to take immediate action. One method is to download a Google Play antivirus app that can scan and clean your device. As far as Samsung antivirus software goes, no one is better than AVG. Best of all, it’s free to use. So, do your best to keep your phone protected and stay safe online.
Posted in technobabble by Bucky .
Ten Search Engines You’ve Never Heard of
(And Can’t Live Without)
(Courtesy of eweek.com, and converted from their absurd slideshow format.)
Lets you search and download files from file sharing and uploading sites.
Can’t hack Craigslist? Not sure if you’re in the market for a bike or a boat? This meta-search engine finds free online classified ads of all kinds.
What are the words to “Sugar, Sugar?” This site lets you search for song lyrics and videos.
Hungry? This user-generated urban lifestyle guide will help you find the best Thai place in town.
Remember when this was free on Yahoo? Well, free people search is back.
A human-powered search engine for finding online video
(Beta – seems to be down right now)
A constantly growing catalog of 2.0 search tools on the Web.
(Seems to be down right now)
Horrified at long lists of search query results? This tool allows you to visualize search results.
(Beta, but working)
A meta-search tool that lets you search large media sites as well as social search engines.
Tafiti, which means “do research” in Swahili, is an experimental search front-end from Microsoft, designed to help people use the Web.
(Beta. Requires Micro$oft Silverlight, whatever that is. Download link provided.)
Posted in technobabble by Bucky .
No one knows when the Internet will fail. It could happen at any time, leaving you bereft of your e-mail, your sports scores, and your blogs. Therefore, it’s important that you and your family have a contingency plan for just such an emergency. If your connection to Cyberspace were to ever get severed, you should at least be prepared. We have included a few key points that should assist you if that were to happen.
An excited, agitated state will give you that heightened sense of awareness and will increase your thought processes allowing you to come up with rational solutions. Panic is just nature’s way of putting your body into over-drive. It’s a defense mechanism that gives you an edge when dealing with potentially harmful situations, such as a severed arm or the loss of your Internet.
2.Find A Telephone
Do you have access to a telephone line? Early computers connected to the Internet using a dial-up device along with a hardware device known as a “modem.” Since this technology is obsolete, it will be of no use to you. Instead, use your telephone to call your friends to see if their connection is also down, as you will have lost the ability to send an email or an instant message. You can also use a telephone to call 911, an emergency service that will first tell you to calm down, and then will send out specially-trained technicians to find the source of the Internet’s failure.
3.Use Your Back-Up Computer
It’s always good to have an emergency laptop handy, in case you need to harry over to a buddy’s place where the Net is still up. If there is still no Internet at that location, at the very least you could connect to a small network or LAN (Less-than Adequate Network). Laptops can also be placed on tables at coffeeshops, while you sit around with a latte, nervously waiting for your connection to be restored.
4. Install A Game
In emergency situations, installing a single-player computer game can occupy your down-time. While it won’t replace the adrenaline rush of intense networked multiplayer action provided by the Internet, a quick game of Sim City or light Simulator may distract you long enough or your connection to return.
5. Perform Routine Maintenance
While newer anti-virus programs removed most of the tedium of computer system maintenance, nothing could help pass the time faster than cleaning out your hard drive, emptying your cache, or organizing your celebrity fake porn collection. Take the time to stare at your screen while you perform a defragmentation. The time will literally fly while you barely notice your separation from the Internet.
6. Turn On A Television Or Radio
Televisions, strange boxes that sit in your parents’ living rooms, were once used to provide entertainment, long before DVDs and Playstations were invented. Televisions have the capability of broadcasting streaming information similar to the content on multimedia websites. With a “remote control,” a wireless device that is like a small one-handed keyboard, you may be able to surf a limited number of “channels,” while you deal with the loss of your connection. Unfortunately, television is only a one-way media.
In ancient times, radios were also used to entertain. A radio allowed you to listen to news, sports, and music, much the same way that you listen to live streaming audio on a Shoutcast server. Like the television, a radio will only have a limited selection of listening stations, and no video. Hopefully your separation from the Internet will be brief.
People in pre-Internet times used to read “books” and “magazines”, written materials once created in printable format to pass the time. Some e-books are still available on paper, and may offer a short-term solution until your power is back and your broadband is restored. If reading is not an option, as a last resort, you may wish to try doing “chores,” or try your hand at cooking. While these activities cannot replace the Internet, they may be able to make the down-time a little more tolerable.
8. Go Outside
The idea of leaving your workstation may seem a little extreme, but you can perform errands that you normally get parents or spouses to do: grocery shopping, drycleaning, etc. Leaving your dorm room, basement, or above-garage apartment suite, may be risky, but again, the time may afford an effective distraction from your Internet woes. NOTE: Be careful to avoid the sun, because your pasty white skin will not be used to the exposure.
9. Spend Time With Your Spouse
Communicating with your wife or girlfriend may seem like a radical suggestion, but the time investment may offer long-term rewards. Spending any amount of time talking about your “relationship” may free up more Internet time for you later on, when your ADSL or Cable link to the World Wide Web has been restored. WARNING: These will probably be the longest hours of your life.
10. Use Your Emergency AOL Disk
If you find that your connection to the Internet is going to be longer than you can possibly stand, as a last resort, pull out an emergency AOL CD, the one with 910 free hours of connection to the AOL service. Take the CD in one hand…and slash it across your wrist! Suicide will probably be a better alternative than connecting to that service.
Hopefully some of these Internet alternatives will be able to assist you during an offline crisis. Emergency radio broadcasts will likely advise you of the state of the Internet and be able to predict when your bandwidth will be restored, but remember to have an emergency plan in case your digital detachment is longer than you expect.
Posted in Funny Stuff, technobabble, Tips & Tricks by Bucky .