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Lost Your Smartphone? Here’s How To Survive

PluggedIn - Technology By February 12, 2016 No Comments

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By Damian Bisschoff

Your phone is probably more than just a contact list, apps and music; it likely stores a digital copy of you. But in the wrong hands, it’s also a treasure trove of sensitive information with enough riches to fulfil a fraudster’s every wish.

Despite this, most people do little to protect their devices in the event of loss or theft. A survey recently revealed that almost half of smartphone users don’t secure their phones with a screen lock.

Even worse is that criminals can make a small fortune from your rouge mobile. Whether resetting your handset, selling it or using your personal data for identity theft – in essence,  organised phone theft is running rife.

Luckily there are a few easy steps you can take to reduce the risk of financial loss and increase the chances of retaining your precious handset.


When The Right To Privacy Gets Dark

PluggedIn - Technology By February 5, 2016 Tags: , , , , No Comments

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By Damian Bisschoff

Ever wondered what lurks in the shadows of the Internet? Well, if you dare to tread the underbelly of the net, you’ll most likely come across the Dark Web. The Dark Web is a collection of websites that are publicly visible, but hide the IP addresses of the servers that run them. Thus, any web user can visit them, but it is very difficult to work out who exactly is behind the sites.