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Get the GlassWire app to track and monitor mobile data on your Android phone

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Quick tips to get the most from your phone, your favorite apps and your Ting service. No fluff. Just the tips.

Get the GlassWire Data Usage Monitor for your Android phone

GlassWireThe GlassWire Data Usage Monitor app is a nifty tool that helps you monitor your mobile data use and your Wi-Fi use.

GlassWire is free in the Google Play Store. Give the app a try and see what apps are using your Internet connection and/or wasting your mobile data.

GlassWire is easy to navigate and has colorful charts and graphics that help you understand what your phone’s system and apps are really up to.

We’ll take you through some of the different data monitoring options and views in GlassWire and help you get some insight into your usage. You can also use GlassWire to make a mobile data saving plan and set up customized alerts.

Stay on the lookout for these phishing red flags

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Get educated on the basics of phishing

With phishing scams becoming more commonplace every day, it’s best to brush up on major phishing red flags so you can spot a suspicious email when it lands in your inbox.

Phishing is an attempt to get hold of personal, financial or otherwise sensitive information like account numbers, usernames and passwords. A successful phishing scheme will get people to volunteer information by camouflaging itself as a routine communication, often an email message, from a trusted source like a bank or a colleague.

Phishing emails and messages can have all the look and feel of a regular communication, but there are a few giveaways to look out for. Never volunteer to share personal information like passwords, usernames, account numbers or work log in credentials through email. If something ever feels phishy (as it were), chances are it is.

Here are some common red flags that may indicate an email or message isn’t what it seems.

Get 2-Step Verification set up with Google

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Setting up 2-Step Verification for your Google Account

If you currently use the same password on more than one account, read on.

Your accounts are easier to hack than you think. With today’s password phishing schemes getting more and more widespread and sophisticated, it can’t hurt to consider enabling another layer of security on your personal email, cloud storage and more. Not to mention using more than one password.

You might have heard of a little thing called 2-Step Verification, a kind of rotating second password you can set up to make your account extra secure. Basically, 2-Step Verification works like this. After you enter your password, you’ll be asked for something else: a unique code sent to your phone.

We’ll show you how to get 2-Step Verification set up for your Google Account.

Using smart text selection in Oreo for Android

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Navigation in Android just got smarter

smart text selectionOne of the most practical new features in Android’s Oreo OS is smart text selection. Smart text recognizes when you need to call a phone number, look up an address (and more) and prompts you to jump from text into the most relevant app.

Smart text can make for a truly seamless navigation experience. Gone are the days of clumsily copying and pasting phone numbers and addresses into the right apps. With Google smart text selection navigating the day-to-day is so much easier.

We found it most useful and practical in Gmail. We’ll show you how it works.

Use picture-in-picture mode when you video chat with Android Oreo

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Picture-in-picture lets you multitask while video chatting

picture-in-pictureIf you video chat often, you might find sticking to one video screen cumbersome, especially if you receive an important message while you’re on a call.

Oreo has a feature that can be incredibly helpful for multitasking while video chatting. Picture-in-Picture mode is made for video playback. For instance, with PIP you can keep YouTube open in a smaller window while you send a text, check your email and surf the web.

A helpful implementation of PIP is the ability to video chat and keep using your phone without losing the visual part of a video chat. Using PIP won’t disrupt your call or change the viewing experience for the person you’re chatting with.

Disable Touch ID with Emergency SOS in iOS 11

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Keep your info safe with Emergency SOS

Apple’s iOS 11 comes with a built-in safety feature that helps keep unwanted intruders out of your phone.

Emergency SOS temporarily disables Touch ID so you can only get access with your passcode. The feature is being heralded as the “cop button” across the Internet. While law enforcement can compel individuals to open their phones using a thumbprint, they can’t ask for passwords or PINs.

Disabling Touch ID quickly and discreetly can keep your phone and info safe from anyone that tries to get you to open your phone when you don’t want to.

Here’s how to do it.