Have you ever stood in a corner of the metro, awkwardly holding your laptop because you need to finish an important presentation before you reach your office at any cost? I’m sure you have. But why wait to get to office when the office can come to your phone? Whether you just need to refer a document or edit one, your android phone will let you do all. Let us tell you how you can work on the go with your phone.
Office on phone:
From just reading and writing emails to creating documents, presentations through apps such asMicrosoft Office Mobile, your phone can do it all. You can even execute complex Excel tasks through the mobile app. If there’s an important video conference you need to be a part of, you can do that too through your phone. Though make sure you find a quieter corner.
With cloud storage and its integration in various apps, you don’t have to worry about switching between devices. You can start a project on your computer and then continue it on your phone. Every change you make is stored on the cloud in real-time and can be accessed on all platforms. So, no worries of duplication.
But what if you are carrying some important files in a USB drive? You’ll need a laptop for that, right? Nope! Through OTG cable, you can access the files in your pendrive or external hard disk on your smartphone itself. You can also transfer your documents, presentations etc. from the phone to the USB, so when you reach office, all you have to do is plug and continue.
You might think that the computer has an advantage that the internet speed is not affected when you’re on call, right? Well, if your phone supports VoLTE, you can do that on the go too. Whether you have to access files on cloud or need to Google something urgently while on a call, one would not hamper the other.
With newer and better mobile technology coming to market, handling almost any task that was traditionally performed on computer can be done on your phone now. As Android smartphones are becoming smarter and smarter, you can use it as a mini desktop with all the apps available.
All of a sudden, everybody is talking about malwares and ransomwares like ‘WannaCry’. But it’s not new, not even for smartphones. Did you know one in ten apps is infected with Android malware? Scary, right? Now, think about how many apps do you have in your phone? Could your phone be infected by malwares? To find that out, we need to understand what they are first.
What’s a malware?
Malware is malicious software that intends to disrupt damage and even gain illegal access to a mobile or a computer. In most cases malwares are attached to software or an app you install on your device.
What can they do?
Most malwares are designed to illegally steal your personal details. This information can either be held against some sort of ransom or sold to advertisement companies to target you. Another very common type of malware sends out texts to premium-rate numbers from your phone. These numbers charge extra for calls and messages.
Why phones need better protection
Recent studies show that while more than 50% computers have anti-virus installed, only 5% of phones have the same protection. On the other hand, your phone has more personal information than your PC since there’s an app for everything. So, it only makes sense that your phone should be protected just as well, right?
How to avoid malwares
There are a few simple things that you can do to avoid malwares:
1> Always keep your phone updated because android keeps sending out fixes for bugs and loopholes that can be exploited
2> Your phone should also have an anti-virus from a reputed company
3> Install apps only from trusted app stores
4> If side-loading an app, make sure it’s from a trusted developer
5> Keep an eye out for apps asking for unnecessary permissions
6> Don’t click on any suspicious pop-up ads, or reply to unsolicited emails or texts
What to do if infected?
If your phone starts draining out of battery faster than ever, heats up without any operation, or your call and data bills are larger than it should be, then that is a sign of a malware. If you are sure your phone is infected, then you should start with uninstalling any suspicious apps (most recent ones first). You can additionally scan your phone for malware with a good anti-virus app. If nothing works, you can always back-up your data and factory reset the phone.