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How to Manage Your Smartphone’s Security

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Wouldn’t it be great if your smartphone came complete with all the security you need, right out of the box? Unfortunately, while some manufacturers try, there are simply too many threats out there. Also, a lot of what we consider “security” is nothing more than user habits. But don’t fret, because there are ways you can manage your smartphone’s security.

By now you’re probably asking “What does it matter? I’m not a celebrity or a politician. Nobody’s interested in my data.” It’s a fair point.

But get this.

Your photos and the hours you spent playing Angry Birds aren’t the only things that criminals, corporations, and governments are after. Check it out.

Common Privacy Issues

We’ve already talked about some of the common hacks criminals (and others) use to access your data. But did

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Who’s Spying On You’re Phone?

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So you’ve heard. All your favourite phone apps are spying on you. But they’re only doing it to serve you ads. After all, it’s fairly harmless, and you’ve got nothing to hide, right?

Hold up a moment.

How would you feel if you learned that those apps were recording your conversations with your phone’s microphone when you weren’t even using your phone? What if you then learned those personal conversations were shared with government security organizations around the world? Ok, less fun 🙁

Suppose you have nothing to hide from the government, criminals can gain the same access using your phone to steal this information.

Oh, and that company phone, your employer could be tracking everything you do.

Ouch!

We talked about some common hacks used to access people’s personal data. But sometimes hacks aren’t

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8 Common Phone Hacks and How to Protect Yourself

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Seriously, how do you keep your phone safe in today’s ultra-insecure world? It seems that nothing can secure your smartphone from thieves, hackers, scammers, and other bad people.

But back up a moment.

We love our phones. We spend thousands of dollars on these devices. Then, we place all our personal information on them.

Just think about it.

Our phone knows where we go, when we sleep, what we browse, who we talk to, how much money we have, our kid’s names and where they go to school. It’s scary stuff!

So it’s no wonder that mobile phones are now the main target of criminals.

So ask yourself this: with so much of your life on your mobile phone, why wouldn’t you secure it?

How Vulnerable Is Your Phone?

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The CRTC Can’t Lower Your Cell Phone Bill, But It Can Help. Here’s How.

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You’ve tried everything, but no matter what you do, your cell phone bill remains insanely expensive. That’s the plight of most Canadians who don’t live in a province with a viable third-party competitor. The fact is that Canada is the most expensive country in the world when it comes to high-speed mobile data. Even the government of Canada thinks so, according to a 2017 study they conducted of international mobile phone markets. So what can the CRTC do about it?

Not much.

The sad fact is that the CRTC can’t lower your cell phone bill. This arm’s-length government commission was never meant to be a market interferer. Instead, it’s a regulator that aims to make sure there’s fair competition between the providers. In plain speak, that means they exist to help

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10 Ways to Sell Your Phone in Canada

Want to know a secret? Here it is: there are nearly a dozen ways to sell your phone in Canada. It’s true!

And the best part is that this shortlist we put together will all offer a smooth and easy trade-in.

Within a day or two, you’ll have some cash in your hand and a warm feeling in your heart, knowing you kept your phone out of a landfill. If you use a site like Gizmogrind, you’ll help save the planet. That’s because Gizmogrind will plant a tree for every phone sold. Cool!

But there’s a problem.

Many people don’t know where to start. That’s okay because we’re here to help. Let’s dive right in.

Once you’ve decided on your method of sale below, be sure to follow our checklist for what

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The Best iPhone Repair Stores in Toronto – Complete List

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We’ve all done it. You reach into your back pocket to grab your iPhone… Splat! Just like that, you drop it!

Now you’re looking at an ugly screen, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

You see, when you drop your phone on concrete, you can damage internal components. Things like the mute switch, or the microphone, or even the Wifi receiver can get damaged.

Not good.

It doesn’t help that you live in Toronto, a city filled with beautiful parks but also plenty of concrete. But don’t despair. When disaster strikes, your good ol’ iPhone repair shops of Toronto are here to help.

What to Know About Repairing Your iPhone in Toronto

So you’ve got yourself a broken iPhone, and you want to know how to repair it. It makes sense. The cost of

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