What to do if you’re locked out of your phone


If you’ve ever been locked out of your phone, you know how frustrating that can be.  

In fact, there’s a new term for the anxiety people feel when they don’t have access to their phones – nomophobia. In a 2010 British study, a full 53% of participants experienced nomophobia after losing a phone, battery power, or access to mobile networks.

We all depend on mobile now, and we need security features like passwords, PIN codes, fingerprints and gestures to keep our data secure …

But what if you forget your PIN code and you are the one who’s blocked?

You may have to sacrifice data with a factory reset. However, with a little planning, you can have your security and continued access to your information.

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How Safe Is Your Data From Ransomware?

It announces its presence with a giant screensaver announcing that ALL your files are completely locked up.  And in 72 hours the perpetrator will throw away the key.

Or you suddenly view a “surveillance” webcam-selfie with an official warning that you’re wanted by the FBI.  A message demands payment of a fine if you ever want to use your computer again.

Welcome to Ransomware

Ransomware is a newer form of cyberattack that can:

  • encrypt your files
  • freeze your computer screen
  • storm you with pop-ups
  • and literally hold all your precious data for ransom.

It vows to return everything to normal after you pay up.  But of course, it’s run by criminal cyber gangs, and they don’t necessarily keep their promises.

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Make memories last: properly archive your photos

Ah, file storage. The perennial problem of having to organize digital photos and making sure that they’re easily located for future reference is a dilemma that a lot of us face – and most especially by those among us who are trigger happy or just plain sentimental (and who isn’t). Then there’s the additional challenge of making sure that your files will retain their integrity well into the future. Here are a few tips for ensuring that your photos get properly archived and your priceless memories protected:

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