As of 2014, 90% of American adults own a cell phone, 64% a smartphone, and 42% a tablet. These stats are even higher among college age adults. Now is the time to learn what is safe and unsafe to do with these devices.
The Office of Information Technology and IT Support Providers across the Auburn University campus encourage you when using your mobile devices to Stop. Think.
Mobile devices allow us to stay dialed-in but remember these tips when you're on the go.
Every day 80,000 people fall for a phishing scam and give away their personal information. Mobile users are particularly susceptible to phishing scams and often overlook some of the warning signs. When you're contacted via email, text, or phone call be on the lookout for these phishing warning signs.
Most people secure their homes, families, and desktop computers, but forget to secure their mobile devices. Use these tips to keep yourself, your device, and your data safe.
In an increasingly connected global and competitive workforce, your letter of interest and résumé may not be all a prospective employer is reading about you. As social media becomes the latest branding strategy, networking technique, job seeking tool and recruitment vehicle, it's also becoming the latest way for people to get job offers rescinded, reprimanded at work, and even fired. What does your professional online image look like right now?
Professional use of mobile devices can have a huge impact on your employment status. Proper mobile etiquette can also have a big influence on your job and friend statuses. Remember these tips:
You should always download apps from trusted sources such as Google Play and the Apple App Store. While apps that contain malware sometimes slip into the official app stores, the chances of getting a corrupt app is much higher when you side-load or download apps from 3rd party sources. Even when you do install apps from official app stores review the permissions the app is requesting. Does that game really need access to your contacts, wi-fi settings, and call history?
Here are some apps that we can recommend:
More accidents occur from texting while walking than texting while driving.
An ABC News article states that "After decades of decline, pedestrian fatalities are once again on the rise...since 2009, pedestrian fatalities have actually increased by 15% -- climbing to 4,735 in 2013."
"That's one pedestrian death every two hours."
The article continues that, "distracted walkers take longer to cross the street and are more likely to ignore traffic lights or neglect to look both ways." Furthermore, "nearly 40% of U.S. teens have been hit or nearly hit by a passing car, motorcycle, or bike -- and those hit or nearly hit tend to report higher rates of cell phone-related distraction than their peers."
Check out The Washington Post article: "Eyes down, minds elsewhere, ‘deadwalkers’ are among us."
"Text neck," the posture formed by leaning over a cellphone while reading and texting is a big problem" so says a NPR article that sites Dr. Kenneth Hansraj, chief of spine surgery at New York Spine Surgery & Rehabilitation Medicine.
Excerpts from the post explain that "tilting the head forward just 15 degrees can increase the force on the cervical spine to 27 pounds. And at 60 degrees — the common texting posture seen on sidewalks, metros and office hallways everywhere — the stress on the spine can hit 60 pounds, thanks to the forces of gravity."
Hansraj concludes that "these stresses may lead to early wear, tear, degeneration, and possible surgeries."
So much public education has been given about the dangers of texting and driving; however, a staggering 49% of adults admit to texting and driving, even though 98% of adults say they know the practice is unsafe.
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