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Richard Pascoe - Adelaide Tech Guy - Just How Gross are our Phones Really...?

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Quick Tip - for those on a mac

Quick Tip: Stop using Internet Explorer – its past its use by date

Even Microsoft don’t want you to use it

Subject: The annual ‘ Clean Your Phone “ discussion

  • We touch our phones some 2,617 times a day (yep, that includes every swipe and tap). We take them with us everywhere: Bathrooms, gyms, subways, and buses. They’re like an extra limb or appendage.
  • And while most of us think to clean doorknobs, faucets, or anything else in contact with our hands, we rarely think of our iPhones and Androids.
  • The screen itself is a harbinger for carrying bacterias and viruses ,there have been multiple reports of infections being transmitted by the screens of our phones.”
  • Flu viruses that are capable of infecting others, for instance, can last on hard surfaces for as long as 24 hours, according to one study. This means anyone who touches your phone in that time could be vulnerable.
  • So how do you clean your phone :use a lint-free cloth to clean your iPhone, the kind you receive with a pair of glasses. You can lightly dampen the cloth with a combination of 70 per cent isopropyl alcohol and diluted water in a spray bottle in a 1:1 ratio
  • Wipe the surface of the phone with the dampened cloth (never spray directly onto the screen), and be careful of openings, so water doesn’t get into the phone. It may be tempting to use an all-purpose antibacterial wipe, but avoid it at all costs, as these can be too abrasive.

Your laptops webcam – should you be concerned

  • In a word – no
  • It takes a hell of a lot of incompetence on the computer users part to let someone gain access to the webcam
  • Modern operating systems do of protecting users from hackers, even throwing up warnings to try to protect them from their unconscious incompetence.

Spotify does not like adblockers

  • It shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise to learn that Spotify doesn’t want people using ad blockers. To push this point home, the music streaming firm has updated its Terms of Service, explicitly stating that the practice can lead to immediate account termination.
  • Those who would rather listen to ads on Spotify’s free tier instead of paying $9.99 per month are warned that “circumventing or blocking advertisements in the Spotify Service, or creating and distributing tools designed to block advertisements in the Spotify Service” can result in “immediate termination or suspension of your Spotify account.”
  • Spotify already has multiple detection measures for identifying the use of ad blockers. When preparing for its IPO last year, it discovered 2 million users—1.3 percent of its total, or 2 percent of those on the free service—were accessing its free version via ad-blocking apps.
  • Those caught using the software were sent emails warnings that their accounts may be shut down if they kept using the third-party apps. Perpetrators could regain access by re-installing the official app or upgrading to the paid version of Spotify, but further use of the blockers could result in suspension or termination.
  • Now, the updated ToS, which come into effect on March 1, allow Spotify to delete an account instantly and without having to inform the owner first.