Smartphones

For many years, the only cell phone I ever used was a “Pay As You Go” model. Nothing fancy, but it served its purpose since I didn’t have a great need for one. Especially in this rural area where cell phone coverage is spotty at best. So, about 18 months ago, US CELLULAR was having a big promotion on getting a free phone and I got a Blackberry. It took me quite some time to familiarize myself with many of its features but once I did, WOW. You begin to wonder just how did you manage all those years without it?

It is convenient to get your e-mails when out of the office, to text a reminder to someone, to be able to take pretty good quality photos, updating KezarLife, and having my own talking Navigator. Don’t tell anyone but once I was in a large meeting on a Sunday afternoon and I was able to follow the play-by-play of a Ravens game!

So, it always seems that there has to be a downside to everything good. And that’s exactly what I learned this morning when I read this CNNMoney.com story (on my Blackberry of course) covering the dangers of storing too much personal information on your smartphone! Apparently, thieves love all of that info and it doesn’t take much effort on their part to extract it. So, as we download more and more apps to make our lives easier, be aware that if you lose your phone, your data can be swiped if the phone gets in the wrong hands. And according to the article, there are ways to remotely erase the data so that a thief would be unable to use it. But be sure to back-up your phone’s data on a regular basis so that if you do lose your phone, you still have your data.

Just remember that you are walking around with a powerful computer that also serves as a phone. Your Most Dangerous Possession? Your Smartphone

About kezarlife

I am a year-round resident of Lovell, owner of Kezar Realty (KezarRealty.com) and enjoy the variety of experiences that living in western Maine offers. Numerous lakes, ponds and mountains provide the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors every day. Married to Rondi we have two children. Ben is a Sergeant in the US Marines and with his wife Cassandra, son Jackson and daughter Reagan, live in Virginia. Ben's most recent deployment was to Afghanistan. Anna is a graduate of Fryeburg Academy, has studied in Beijing, China as well as Taiwan and now attends Hunter College in NYC where she is enrolled in their Chinese Flagship Program. I am active in many local organizations including the Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library, Lovell Historical Society, Old Home Days, Lovell 5k Run, the Gasping Gobbler, the Tour de Lovell and the Brick Church for the Performing Arts. I also serve as President-elect of the Western Maine Board of Realtors. Please visit www.KezarRealty.com for up-to-date real estate listings and information on western Maine! Stan Tupaj
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