How to Block Calls & Texts on Android & iPhone

No one enjoys cell phone spam, especially aggressive telemarketing calls and texts while you’re on the go. Though you can list your cell phone number on the Do Not Call Registry, that doesn’t stop telemarketing text messages or even all phone calls in our experience. If you’re tired of these nuisances, you have options. You can use the following apps and features built into your phone to help cut down on spam.

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FreedomPop, Intel to launch “WiFi first” smartphone

Budget MVNO FreedomPop will continue to disrupt traditional operators’ billing model with the launch of a “WiFi first” smartphone in collaboration with Intel. FreedomPop provides a free sim to its customers with 200 minutes, 200 texts and 200MB of 4G data each month, with fair charges for going over this amount. Few people use a large amount of their minutes and texts on their current plans, and instead opt to use OTT services like WhatsApp and Skype which use data instead. For this reason, a large amount of people would go over the free 200MB available in FreedomPop’s basic package.

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How to stay anonymous online

There are plenty of reasons why you’d want to stay anonymous online. Maybe you want to avoid those creepy targeted ads for things you Googled earlier in the week. Or perhaps you just don’t want your previously visited websites turning up in your partner’s browsing session. Whatever the reason, privacy online is becoming a big deal as it becomes clear how little of it we really have, thanks to ubiquitous website trackers that collect data on our movements. From turning on your browser’s incognito mode, to downloading a plugin to erase your tracks, here are some tips on surfing the web without leaving (too much of) a trail.

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This is the fastest wireless carrier in the US

You’re sitting in a coffee shop, your eyeballs glued to the phone. YouTube is open, and you’re waiting for the latest comic-book movie trailer to load. Instead, you get the oh-so-familiar circular loading icon instead. And it keeps spinning and spinning. It’s at these moments that you wonder if the time has come to switch wireless carriers. But which carrier? Each of them claims to be some variation of fastest, most reliable or even newest. It’s tough to cut through the noise. Testing firm OpenSignal has some answers, with a surprising contest for the top spot.

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New ISP to go wireless

  There’s a new internet service on the horizon that promises to deliver extremely fast internet speeds for cheap, wirelessly. Called Starry, it’s exciting enough on its own terms. But the startup’s generating MJ-moonwalking-on-MTV-level enthusiasm in our newsroom not only because it rocks, but also because its competitors, frankly, are pretty bad. Here are the main reasons many Americans still can’t access quality internet service.

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Worst Passwords of 2015: ‘Star Wars’ Terms Make SplashData’s List

Apparently a lot of folks don’t realize that The Force won’t be able to protect your data. Popular “Star Wars”-related terms such as “starwars,” “solo” and “princess” were new entries on the annual “Worst Passwords” list compiled by password management applications company SplashData. “Star Wars” terms aside, the 2015 list wasn’t all that different from 2014 and years prior. “123456” and “password” once again were the most commonly used passwords, as they have been since SplashData’s first list in 2011. People apparently liked numbers that were easy to remember: Six of the top 10 passwords for 2015 were simple numerical sequences (“1234,” “12345,” “123456” and so on). Some new and longer passwords debuted on the 2015 list, but the longer passwords are so simple that their extra length is “virtually worthless as a security measure,” SplashData said. “We have seen an effort by […]

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How are you managing the negative impact that social media could have on your business?

Social media is pervasive and can be dangerous. An internet connection means instant access to an international audience, and as we tell our children, once something has been published, you can’t undo it. It’s like a tattoo. It will be there forever. It is easy to think of only your personal postings, tweets and photos as areas of concern, but other things you may consider private may not be. Conversations and emails are also easily shared and if salacious enough, could become viral (in addition, by posting personal photos and comments you are lowering the expectation and claims of privacy rights. When you post pictures of your children, you are putting their privacy rights at risk as well). Users should also always keep in mind that while it’s easy to manage you own profile, postings, pictures comments, conversations and emails, it is impossible […]

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