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Top 6 Things You Should Never Do With Your Phone That We All Do

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Our phones are the most important gadgets in our lives. They’ve taken over the world and changed forever what we do from day to day, from how we find our way around to how to we run our relationships.

So we want to make sure we’re using them right. From knowing all the best hacks, to things that could make our lives more distressing and difficult. Like accidentally leaking our information into the wrong hands.

This is where we can help. We’ve put together the a list of the things many people find themselves doing on their phone, but shouldn’t.

So if you’re doing any of these things right now, stop. It’s for your own good.

1) Never updating apps or software ever


We’re all guilty of not updating our apps when we definitely should be, just like how we never delete our emails.

So guilty.

Not only do you get the best experience out of your apps (unless, maybe, you’re using Pokemon GO) by having the most updated version, but it’s a security issue too.

They patch up bugs, weaknesses in security or address new threats. All which you’re missing out on by not updating.

2) Using public WiFi networks


They’re pretty much everywhere now. When you’re abroad and trying to avoid expensive data costs, it can be almost impossible to resist connecting to a public hotspot check what’s going on in the world.

Here’s why you shouldn’t.

The information you share over these networks could be visible to anyone – if they know how to look, that is.

Anti-virus company Norton recommends that you use a VPN, a virtual private network, instead.

Or if you have to use public WiFI, then watch what sites you visit like ones where you have to type a username and password to access.


3) Closing apps to save battery

Okay, granted, nothing bad is going to come of you if you do this.

But we’re including it because it’s a pointless waste of your time, and life is short, y’know?

You’re not saving any battery life whatsoever by closing apps.

Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed this for us earlier this year in a direct response to a customer. It’s because the apps shown are for history purposes, and aren’t running in the background.

Though you can switch off features running in the background for some apps, like location services, to save battery.

So leave them all open if you like. It really doesn’t matter.

4) Posting geotagged updates or your location


It’s the done thing when you’re travelling or on holiday. You want your friends to know exactly which exotic destination you’ve flown to and how much fun you’re having.

Posting your location or geotagged updates, funnily enough, reveals your location however, giving people who might abuse that power to figure out where you’re going, what your routine is, how likely it is that you’ve left your home empty among other things.

For example, putting up an Instagram selfie in your apartment with geotagging enabled means you’re unwittingly also broadcasting where you live. Which isn’t great for protecting yourself against thieves, or even potential stalkers.

Be safe, and just turn it off. Save your location-specific posts for special occasions, if you need to.


5) Using a cheap charger

It happens. You lose the charger your phone came with, and you’re faced with spending £15+ on replacing it with a proper Apple or Samsung charger, or buying a cheap knock off on Amazon.

It turns out doing the latter might be a decision that could put you at risk of damaging your device or even of fire.

Tech expert Ken Shirriff tested multiple chargers against each other for stability, quality and efficiency. Counterfeit Apple chargers were the worst of all, with fluctuating current that could damage your devices and increase fire risk.

Best to stick to the originals, we think.

6) Not cleaning it. Ever

You use it while on the bog. Just think about that for a moment and how much bacteria it’s exposed to.

Experts told Metro.co.uk how you’re putting yourself at risk of disease by transferring harmful germs such as salmonella, E. Coli and C. Difficile from the toilet to your hands and then to your phone, and then to your hands from your phone later afterwards.

Dr Ron Cutler, director of biomedical science degrees at Queen Mary’s University London, even said: ‘Basically, you just shouldn’t (take your phone into the toilet) if you are at all concerned about the transfer of viruses and fecal contamination.’

So, at the very least, give it a good wipe now and then if you have to use it on the loo.


metro.co.uk/2016/08/03/6-things-you-should-never-do-with-your-phone-that-we-all-do-6045730/#ixzz4GN6hXigp

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