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If you’re anything like us, your smartphone is your precious baby. Unfortunately, you probably don’t treat it as well as you should. Here are some things you might be doing wrong:
1. Never turning it off
You really should be turning your phone off at least once a week, or your battery will die faster than it should. Leaving it on and idle stresses the battery, experts say. If you, like us, use your phone as your alarm clock, consider picking up a cheap (or fancy — why not?) alarm clock, or turning it off for another period of time during the day.
2. Leaving the WiFi and Bluetooth on all the time
When your iPhone has WiFi and Bluetooth enabled and isn’t using one or both, it’s just wasting energy. As you wander around in your daily life, you’re not likely to need or want WiFi or Bluetooth all the time. Better to leave both off and just turn them on when you need them.
3. Using it outside in extreme weather
Your iPhone isn’t meant to withstand super hot or super cold temperatures, and using it outside on a day that’s under 32 degrees or above 95 degrees Fahrenheit isn’t recommended. This could drain the battery or cause your device to shut down temporarily. If you know you’ll be out in extreme weather, try keeping your iPhone off or at least in your pocket, away from the elements.
4. Leaving it plugged in overnight
Letting your iPhone charge while you sleep might be convenient, but some say it’s not a good idea. There has been much debate regarding the issue, but many argue that keeping your iPhone plugged in after it’s already fully charged can damage your battery over time, and it could start dying more quickly. “Your battery will behave the best if you take it off the charge before it hits 100 percent, and leaving it plugged when it’s already full is going to cause a little degradation,” Gizmodo wrote last year. Try charging it during the day so you can unplug it once it’s fully charged, or using an outlet that shuts off via a timer.
5. Fully charging or fully draining the battery
Lithium-ion batteries — which are used in iPhones — work best when powered between 50 and 80 percent, Shane Broesky, founder of Farbe Technik, a company that makes charging accessories, told Digital Trends. Fully discharging your battery, on the other hand, could also allow your battery to fall into a “deep discharge state,” which makes the ions incapable of holding a charge, Apple noted. Topping up your battery in short spurts give the battery’s ions just enough energy to work continuously and protect your battery life, he added. In other words, think about charging your phone the way you do about eating and snacking throughout the day.
6. Using a non-Apple charger
Apple chargers might be expensive, but they’re worth the investment. Using off-brand chargers can do damage to your phone, and fake chargers have been reported to cause fires and explosions. Apple has even created a USB Power Adapter Takeback Program, in which it asks people to hand over counterfeit chargers, and, as of last August, offered people who brought in their non-Apple chargers a discount on a real Apple charger.
7. Not cleaning it
Your iPhone is disgusting. Like, really disgusting. Toilet seats and pet food dishes contain fewer germs per square inch than your iPhone. Apple recommends that you use “a soft, lint-free cloth” to clean your device. There are also products that claim to use UV lights to sanitize your phone. But don’t forget to clean your phone’s charging port! Debris from pockets and purses can get stuck in there and build up over time, which may cause connection problems when you plug something into that port. Use a toothpick, small needle or even the back of an earring to scrape all that grossness out.
8. Walking around absentmindedly while holding it
Whether or not you realize it, iPhones are a hot commodity on the black market and are a huge target for thieves. Around 40 percent of the robberies in major cities in 2013 involved mobile devices, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission reported last year — so it’s actually pretty dangerous to walk around carelessly with your iPhone out.
9. Not protecting yourself with a passcode
Half of iPhone users do not lock their phones, Apple reported in 2013. If you don’t have a passcode on your iPhone and it’s stolen, your identity and personal information are completely open and available for the thief to grab. It’s a simple way to protect your privacy.
10. Allowing location services on all your apps, all the time
Apps like Uber and Maps need access to your “location services” to work properly, and they’ll tell you when they need you to turn on that feature. Others can function just fine with location services turned off. Head over to Settings > Privacy > Location Services to deactivate the feature or simply switch it off for all your non-essential apps. Your battery will thank you.
11. Enabling push notifications on every single app
Push notifications effectively keep your phone on high alert and require a constant data connection, which can exhaust your battery. Your display also lights up every time your phone receives a notification, guzzling up more battery life. Researchers have even found that notifications can destroy your focus. Go to Settings > Notifications and select only the important apps.
By Brandon Bailey
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
SAN FRANCISCO _ The data breach affecting customers of the Ashley Madison website may be salacious, embarrassing or even ruinous for those involved. But it’s only the latest, and not the biggest, high-profile breach of customer or employee data reported in recent years.
Hackers say they’ve posted account information for some 35 million customers of the Ashley Madison service, which promises opportunities for extramarital affairs. That includes names, email addresses, phone numbers and birth dates, and at least partial credit card information, such as the last four digits of account numbers.
HOW OFTEN DOES THIS HAPPEN?
All told, more than 780 data breaches were reported last year by U.S. businesses, government agencies and other organizations that had customer or employee data exposed through hacking or inadvertent leaks, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center.
HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN AFFECTED?
An estimated 110 million Americans, or nearly half the U.S. adult population, had some information exposed by data breaches during a 12-month period ending in May 2014, according to a Ponemon Institute study.
WHAT’S THE COST TO THOSE AFFECTED?
About one in three people who are affected by data breaches will suffer some type of identity theft or fraud, according to one study by Javelin Strategy & Research. Separately, Javelin estimates U.S. consumers lost more than $16 billion to identity fraud last year.
Here are some of the biggest breaches in recent years:
_ Software-maker Adobe Systems suffered a breach in 2013 that reportedly involved 150 million customer email addresses and encrypted passwords.
_ Online retailer eBay had a 2014 breach involving an estimated 145 million customer names, addresses and encrypted passwords.
_ Home Depot, the home improvement chain, suffered a 2014 breach that reportedly exposed about 56 million customer payment card accounts, plus email addresses for 53 million more customers.
_ Retail chain Target had a breach in 2013 that reportedly affected 40 million payment cards and phone numbers or addresses for another 70 million customers.
_ Sony Pictures Entertainment suffered a hack last year in which personal information for nearly 50,000 current and former employees, including salaries and social security numbers, was posted online.
_ Earlier this year, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management suffered a hack involving sensitive information including social security numbers and even fingerprint records for up to 25 million current and former federal workers.
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5. Target – $162 million
In November 2013, hackers accessed the credit and debit card information of nearly 110 million Target customers. Commencing just before Thanksgiving and continuing through Black Friday and beyond, hackers tapped in to the retailer’s third party point-of-sale payment card readers. The cost of the compromise is an estimated $162 million.
4. Sony PlayStation – $171 million
Before the Guardians of Peace set its sights on Sony, hackers made off with over 100 million customer records via the company’s PlayStation gaming device. The intrusion in 2011 halted operation of the PlayStation Network and resulted in Sony’s largest loss to data breach.
Maine-based grocery chain Hannaford had over 4.2 million credit and debit card numbers compromised in a 2007 cyberattack. Attackers installed malware on the store’s servers, affecting all 300 stores plus independent stores that sell the Hannaford products. The estimated costs tally $252 million.
2. Veterans Administration – up to $500 million
In 2006, an unencrypted database containing the records of 26.5 million veterans, active-duty military personnel and their families was breached. The database, housed on a laptop and an external hard drive, were stolen from an employee’s home. While the items were returned by an unknown person, the VA estimated costs would run anywhere from $100 million to $500 million for related costs from the theft.
1. Epsilon – $100 million-$4 billion
In 2011, marketing firm Epsilon was hit by hackers, who grabbed names and email addresses from the company’s marketing division. The theft affected up to 75 client companies, including Best Buy, TiVo, JPMorgan Chase, Capital One, Citi, and Target. In a worst-case scenario, analysts are predicting the costs of the breach could reach $4 billion.
By Susannah Lee | Yahoo Finance
How much would you pay not to have to drive around looking for a parking spot? Well, you may have to look no further because now, there are apps for that.
While Uber and Lyft are taking the world by storm offering cars on demand, several start-ups are hitting the market providing users with their own car valet. These new companies are trying to take a piece of the commercial parking industry and its estimated $11 billion in revenues, according to data compiled by IBISWorld.
Luxe, backed in part by Google Ventures, (GOOG) parks cars on-demand and offers similar add-ons. This valet charges $5 an hour or the maximum of $15 a day, not including services. Luxe currently operates in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle and newly launched in Boston. The company has raised more than $25 million in the past year.
Competitor app Zirx, recently launched in Brooklyn, New York, currently operates in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Washington, D.C. and San Diego.
“We came up with it about a year ago…like a good entrepreneur we figured we’d try to solve that,” said Sean Behr, the founder and CEO of Zirx.
“The way this service works is someone comes, you tell them where you want to go, they meet you at the front door, they take your car, park it in a secure garage, and when you want it back, tap the button and they bring it back in 10 to 15 minutes,” explained Behr.
The Zirx mobile app also offers added services like filling up your tank, electric vehicle charging and car washing. With its Care services more premium offers include oil changes priced at $60 and up to interior detailing starting at $125.