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Vanishing Airtime? This is what you can do about it

“Data Leakage” has been reported by hundreds of cell phone users. Radio 702 talk radio was contacted with customers irate about their data being used up or being billed for using the Internet although they did not do this.

Some smartphones allow you to monitor the data usage on your phone whenever you want to. Many users are not aware that although you do not have an app open on your phone, if the app is logged in and you can connect to the Internet, the app works. FaceBook, Gmail, many games, WhatsApp automatically connect to the internet to download new messages.

Content subscriptions are also the main cause. You may not realise that you are subscribed to a service and are charged R2, R10 per day. This can total hundreds of rands in a month – when your bill arrives, you get a surprise.

According to MyBroadband,

To see whether you have been subscribed to a WASP, mobile operators allow users to manage content subscriptions through SMS or USSD codes.

Cell C: Dial *133*1#. From there you can block all existing and future content billing.
MTN: Dial *141*5# and select which services to unsubscribe from.
Telkom: Telkom’s Event-based Billing
Vodacom: Send SMS containing “STOP ALL” to 30333.

criminals steal private information from photocopiers

Ever since I learnt what computers were, I pride myself in knowing how to use different devices. With fraud and crime over-taking some industries, I also make sure that I know of the latest scams and viruses to keep myself and my personal information secure.

The latest edition of MyBroadband recently had an article that surprised me. There are devices that you type into, access the Internet, store personal and secure information. So I was very surprised to think of a photocopier to be a device I had to be wary of.

I have worked in different offices and environments using a photocopier to make copies of passports, ID, credit cards (incase they are lost / stolen). I am so relieved that my information was not stolen then. I am sure to be more secure from now on.

Read the MyBroadband article here

This Weeks Mobile News

Technology helps us do what we need do – faster and better than ever before. This inevitably created a world where we have new innovations and updates every few weeks.

Take a look at news making headlines

Ashley Madison site hacking – update

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Ashley Madison site takes a new turn as a few of the 37 million members are using the site. Why ?

If your life is affected by this – marriage ends, fights, separation, being treated differently by family and friends. What would you do ? The next best thing – sue the company responsible.

No information has been released as to the number of members involved in this lawsuit or how much they are asking for.

Would you sue if this was you ? Or would you run and hide and claim it was not you?

Ashley Madison site hacking – what now?

The Internet allows anyone with a concept to have a website. For a company, product, profile, selling something, dating, information, and so on. So it came as no surprise to many that there is a website that allows those that are married to find someone to cheat with. Ashley Madison was created.

It has been more than a month when hackers were able to access the site and its user information. They have access to the personal details of all members across the world that are cheating. What would they do with this?

Most hackers do something like this to prove their skill, publicise their cause or hold the owners for ransom.

Over 37 million people were very worried. Would their information be leaked? Would their loved ones find out? Would this be the end of their marriage?

For those in an open marriage, you may believe that they would not be worried about something like this – not so. Your spouse may not have a problem with you cheating but do your friends and family know about this ? Recent news has noted that two people have committed suicide as a result of their details being available.

Not only can a name or email be found, information available also includes details of sexual preferences. Is this the end of the online cheating?

Sadly now – sites like this have no end. The current owners can create a new site called Joe Soap and start over. They know they have 37 million members they can target to this new site. Other entrepreneurs may try their luck – create a site that is more secure, cheaper subscriptions and off they go.

The Internet market is open – any person, any country, any race, any preference.

What do you think of this?

Free Websites

A man bought a new refrigerator for his home, and although his old one still worked well, he had no space to keep it.  He decided to place the old refrigerator outside on his lawn with a sign that said “Working refrigerator, FREE” on it.

A week went by and the fridge was still there, sitting in his front lawn.  The man, figuring that passersby were thinking that since it was free then something must be wrong with it.  Cleverly, he decided to change the sign to read: “Working Refrigerator, Price: $100″.

The next day, the man woke to discover that the previously ‘free’ refrigerator had been stolen off his front lawn. 

You may have been searching online for websites or low cost / free online services for new businesses and come across an ad or information on free websites. Or even low cost websites ie R10 a website. As the saying goes – be careful what you wish for.

Like specials in stores, the fine print is very important to any offer. Notice how most offers state “Terms and Conditions apply”? So what exactly does free mean? What are the terms ? What conditions do you need to abide by?  Is there an admin fee that is not included. Are there monthly or annual costs ?  Is the 1st month free and thereafter costs are billed? Some of the online specials or offers you find are based on a term or condition you may not be happy with. There are 5 common costs to a website:

  1. Domain registration / renewal
  2. Creation
  3. Hosting

Check the details of the “offer” / “special” and make sure what you are committing to over the next few years. Use the 3 categories above and look out for details on how the costs are split for this. You may find out that the creation of the site and 1st year (domain registration and hosting) is free. So what happens after that? You may think that free is still free – so wouldn’t it be? Not necessarily and here’s why.

After a year you need to pay monthly or annual costs to keep the site up and running. Since the site url (email addresses too) is used in all your marketing – like business cards, signatures and the like, you would like to continue to use it. And rightly so. The fees for the following year may be high or mandatory. So you are bound to pay them after the offer period. The fees may be high but the inconvenience of moving the site is too much trouble, what do most people do ? Leave it where it is and pay the fees they ask.

With every business decision, it is up to you to make the decision if “free” is worth the time and effort later. There are businesses and services that are not that expensive and you can utilise this for a minimal fee. Also be on the look out for “do it yourself” offers – these are great if you have the necessary knowledge.