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The essentials for your cell phone

Updated: Apr 14, 2021

There are hundreds of downloadable applications for your cell phone. You can find them on the Apple Store for iPhone or on the Google Play Store for those who have an Android phone. Here are three of the "Don't leave home without them" type.


Camscanner

How many of you use your cell phone camera to take a picture and send a copy of a document! This method is not optimal, because often the image is blurred or incomplete. With Camscanner, you scan the document and create a .pdf copy. The free application turns your cell phone into a portable scanner. Its auto optical quality enhancement feature makes the image clear and sharp, as if you were using a desktop scanner. The cropping is also done automatically. This application is available for free for Apple and Android.


Antivirus for mobile

I'm sure you have a security suite on your desktop or laptop. What about your cell phone? Cell phones are under increasing attack from hackers. That's why it's important to protect them like your other computers. Avast mobile, avast.com/en-ca, just to name one company, offers free protection against the introduction of Trojans, other viruses or malware and ransomware. Don't wait until you are a victim of a hacker to download this free application!


A VPN channel

What is a VPN channel? VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. A VPN channel makes a public Wi-Fi network secure. Using your Android phone or tablet on a public Wi-Fi network can be dangerous for several reasons. For example, a misconfigured network can expose your data to others. It's also possible that malicious parties have set up an innocent-looking wireless network specifically to entice you to connect. Hotels, airports, all-inclusive resorts offer WiFi access. The majority are unprotected. If you type VPN into Google, you'll find comparisons on VPN offerings. On average, a VPN channel costs $5CAN per month. NORD VPN has an excellent reputation for security and speed in North America.


Don't wait for someone to impersonate you to protect your cell phone and tablet!

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