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10 pre-conceived ideas about your mobile and Wi-Fi

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There are some common misconceptions about cell phones, Wi-Fi and data that persist even today. Your Pro Armin Dehghan Nejad helps clarify matters!


1. If a Wi-Fi network is available, my phone will connect automatically


In order for your phone to connect to a Wi-Fi network, the network must be added to your device settings, even when it's a free public network that is not password protected. Once the Wi-Fi network is saved, the device will connect by itself whenever you're in proximity to it.


2. You should turn off the Wi-Fi on your device and activate it only when you need it so you don't drain the battery

Actually, devices are becoming smarter at managing power, by reducing power consumption and limiting pointless searching for networks.

I recommend you turn off the Wi-Fi only if the signal is very weak and unstable or if you're experiencing real problems with your battery life.

Otherwise, keep it turned on. Nothing is more frustrating than using up your data because you forgot to turn on the Wi-Fi.


3. When I'm connected to Wi-Fi, other users can see the data on my phone


This is a misunderstanding from the world of computers, where files can be shared among all devices connected to the same network. That's why we must distinguish home networks from public networks and protect our files.


With cellular technology, however, when devices are connected to Wi-Fi, they show up as unique individuals sharing an Internet connection. Their operating systems do not allow others to connect to your device without being configured that way and obtaining your authorization.


4. I never install updates, because they cause more problems than they solve

It's important to install updates on your device to make sure it runs properly. Updates are designed to resolve bugs or add options and improve your user experience.

My advice is to update your phone!


5. You have to turn off the location features on your phone, otherwise everyone will know where you are

Your phone uses geolocation capability only for its own functions, such as GPS and the weather, and does not send this information to others (unless you share that info yourself). The location option also makes it possible to track your phone if it gets lost or stolen.


6. I don't need the Cloud, I have storage on my device

The Cloud is used for more than just storing data. It allows the information on your phone (photos, contacts, calendar, etc.) to be synchronized with all the other devices in your environment, such as your tablet or computer.


Remember, if your phone gets lost or stolen, your memory card is gone too! 😉


7. I don't want to do my banking on my cell phone because I'm afraid of being swindled

It's your choice, but it's actually safer to use the banking apps on your phone than Internet banking on your computer.

Cell phones are closed platforms, which means that any program that can be installed has to have been approved by the Google or Apple system creator, which is why we have PlayStore and AppStore. This is also the feature that blocks the installation of viruses and spyware.


So, when you download the app, you can be sure it's authentic. Also, the app has a number of layers of security, such as prompting for a password and answering a security question, automatic disconnect, encryption level nine times higher than the bank's web page and ZERO information storage on the phone or in the Cloud.

Banks invest a great deal in mobile apps and ensuring they are secure*.

*Default settings, not responsible for unknown sources.


8. Do I need antivirus software on my phone?

Antivirus software can be useful if you need to download attachments from unfamiliar senders or if you need to install an app from an unknown source (not AppStore or PlayStore).

If you don't need to do those things, you don't need an antivirus program.


Be wary of pop-up ads that appear saying your phone is infected, it's just a trick to get you to download their app.

Also avoid apps that say they improve your battery life. They often do the opposite!


9. I don't need a charger in my car, I have an integrated USB outlet

Most USB outlets in cars are designed to read information, not charge your cell phone battery. They supply very low and often insufficient amperage, particularly for charging the increasingly powerful batteries in our phones. In the long run, your battery will wear out and the life of your device will be affected.


That's why I recommend you invest in a car charger specifically for your device. A number of models have voltage regulators that protect your phone from the power fluctuations that can come from your car's alternator, as well as a fast-charge option that gives you several hours of battery life with just a few minutes of charging.


10. You should let the battery run out completely before charging your phone to optimize your battery life


The newest batteries allow you to charge your phone whenever you want. It's actually better not to let the battery run out completely, because the voltage required to charge a battery from 0% is very high, which can cause the battery to wear out prematurely.