Something Phishy

What is Phishing and how can I avoid it?

What is Phishing and how can I avoid it?

Published on June 7, 2017

Have you heard of phishing? No it’s not a method of obtaining aquatic creatures through use of bait, a line or a net. The phishing I’m talking about is the kind hackers use.

Phishing comes from the word phishing because it too uses bait. Phishing is a method hackers use to obtain your personal information. They do this by disguising web pages as websites you trust, like Google for example. First thing they do is pose as your friends’ email or messaging accounts and that friend sends you a link. Then they pose their websites as the login page of sites when you click on the link so you put in your account’s information, once you enter this information, the hackers learn it and can use it for malicious reasons.

The latest phishing scam: WannaCry


So you’re probably wondering, what are the ways you can avoid this method of hacking? Here are some of my tips:

Check With Friends

Okay so a friend messaged you or sent you an email asking you to click a link. First things first is to check if the person really did send you that message. If it was from an email you can ask them via instant messaging if they really did send that email. This can help them too because they’ll find out if their email has been compromised. If it was sent via instant messaging, converse with friend to see if it really is them. A malware bot won’t sound like your friend.

Check the eMail/Link

Look at the link. If it’s not a secure link that starts with https:// then you probably should pause before you click it or enter your account info. Also never download attached files from suspicious sources. Look carefully at the site’s features. Sometimes the logo is off or in an image form that doesn’t look like it usually looks. These are big flags that something is up. Another huge tell is if the grammar in the email/message is weird.

Note the generic eMail and suspicious link.

Never Enter Personal Information

Banks or other such services will rarely if ever ask you for your personal or financial info via email. Sometimes you’ll be directed to a pop up link asking for your information. This is a big tell that it’s not the real service asking for your information.




If you follow these simple tips, you’ll keep your data safe. Remember think before you click!

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Fight the Power(loss)

Tips for keeping your battery life strong while on data

Tips for keeping your battery life strong while on data

Published on June 5, 2017

Mobile data is pretty great. Even without a wifi signal you can access the unlimited power of the internet. Sadly what doesn’t have unlimited power is your cellphone’s battery. The biggest drawback of mobile data is that it expends more power than usual for your phone. But check out my tips for extending your phone’s power while on mobile data!

Turn Off Apps You're Not Using

When you’re not using a certain app turn it off! Background apps tend to use a lot of energy, especially when there is a large number of them running. So to avoid this always close apps and use ones you really need.




Manage Notifications

Whenever you get a notification the screen lights up, even when you’re not using your phone. So to save power only turn on notifications that you’re really gonna need.


Use Lite Apps

Particularly browser based versions of websites and apps. For more info check out my article here. These use less power since you’re using either a less power heavy app or just a browser.


Ringtone & Vibrate

Speaking of notifications, you might also wanna adjust your settings for ringing and vibrating. Both options are pretty power consuming whenever you get a call or text. But understandably if you wanna stay updated you have to keep at least one on. So either silent your phone or switch it to ring only without vibrating.



Get A Data Saver App

A data tracking or saving app is best because it restricts the amount of background data your phone expends. It’ll also help with the part about managing notifications from apps that expend background data. Good apps to use for this are Opera Max and Onavo! Both are available for iOS and Android.



Now those are my tips for saving battery as well some tricks to save data. So hopefully these help for those long commutes through PH traffic!

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Protect Your Privacy And Save On Data

What’s a VPN and how can I get one?

What’s a VPN and how can I get one?

Published on May 8, 2017

Internet privacy is such a huge things these days thanks to the abundance of people online, and people who might want to steal your information. While passwords and safeguards are still important, protecting your IP address and digital footprint has become an even bigger thing. If hackers can’t track your digital signature, then you’re a lot safer.

That’s where the VPN comes in. VPN stands for virtual private network. It allows users to send and receive data through networks as though it was a private network. This lets you protect your location from websites and even access proxy servers. More importantly it protects anyone who might be watching. Think of a VPN like a secret tunnel or passageway where you receive and send secret messages.

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There is a drawback to VPNs however. Just like traveling through a tunnel it’s much slower compared to traveling in the open. As such VPNs will take the time to protect your phone but also slow down your usage a bit. The mobile data consumption will be the same though.

How can you use this VPN you ask? Well for both Android and iOS users I recommend Opera VPN.

Opera VPN lets you change your virtual location and even blocks ads and pop ups. You can protect your device from unwanted malware. It’s also great to pair this up with Opera Max, a data tracking app that lets you monitor your usage. You’ll have great functionality when you use both together letting you switch depending on the need. There’s also Guardian in Android that blocks ad trackers, which you can toggle on or off. The iOS version automatically blocks ad trackers.


So that’s what a VPN is and why it’s important. Remember to always stay safe on the web!

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LTE made LTEasy!

Simple steps on how to use LTE

Simple steps on how to use LTE

Published on April 6, 2017

I talked about how great LTE was in this article but to recap it lets you enjoy up to 250MB per second and together we discovered the advantages of high-speed internet! Reaching speeds of up to 250MB per second! If you want to get in on this LTE action, but don’t know how then I got you!


First you’ll need to make sure your sim card is LTE-ready. Not sure if you have one, or if you want to upgrade your existing one?  If you don’t have one you can I heard that you canvisit any Smart store and change your old Smart SIM upgrade yours for free!


Next you’ll need an LTE phone. Most phones currently available on the market are already capable of LTE.  Good examples are the iPhone series and the Samsung S or J series. If you want to check if your phone is LTE-ready, check out GSM Arena.

Then make sure that your area is LTE capable. Your service provider should have a list of locations available. If you’re not sure, try looking for your area here.

And finally set up your mobile data! You can check out my article on how to easily set up your mobile data here.

Now that you’re joined the wonderful world of LTE, you’ll never want to go back to lower speeds again. Enjoy!


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What Is Data Compression And Why Is It Important

How data compression affects your data usage

How data compression affects your data usage

Published on March 31, 2017

Hey guys I’m here this time to tell you all about data compression. Remember when I talked about downloading vs. streaming? Have you ever wondered why streaming uses less data?

It’s all about compression. Think of compression like a vacuum sealed bag. You can fit as many objects into the bag if you place them carefully and maximize the space, and then the package can get even smaller by vacuum-sealing (ie removing the air) from the bag.

For example, you have a file that’s 300MB in size and you want to share with others. You can upload it online as a whole, but for it to be streamed faster some apps or websites will compress it so people can view it even when the whole video hasn’t finished loading yet. Essentially while you upload the full file, not everyone who is viewing the video or photo has to download the full file to view it.

This is like how streaming works. Your favorite streaming site for example hosts large files of several GB each. However when you watch it’s first compressed and sent to you in small chunks as you watch the stream. The faster your internet connection, the less time it takes to load the video. Buffering is when it hasn’t yet downloaded a certain chunk.


Why is this important for your mobile data? Two reasons: data usage and quality loss.


When uploading photos, the whole photo gets uploaded, but when it’s viewed by others the photo is compressed. When you upload and view a picture on Facebook, the image is compressed saving your mobile data, but lessens the picture quality. IG on the other hand doesn’t compress the photo quality, but your data takes a larger hit.

So when uploading videos or images take note of data compression. Facebook tends to compress the quality of uploaded files while apps really meant for photo or video sharing like IG or YouTube have better quality, but use more of your data.

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So now you know what all the hullabaloo about compression is! This will help you save data by knowing where to post your photos and videos and how much of the quality gets saved. Share this with your friends and spread the good word of data compression!

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Should you stream or download Drake’s album "Views"? I’ll help you decide!

Downloading vs. Streaming: Which is data-friendlier?

Published on August 12, 2016

Should you stream or download Drake’s album "Views"? I’ll help you decide!

Before I answer the data question, let’s first define and differentiate the two.

For starters, downloading and streaming both require an online connection. You can’t do both if you’re not connected to WiFi or using data. But the key difference is this: when you download a file, it involves ownership – the files are stored directly in your device and you can play it any time you want; while streaming gives you access to media that are stored somewhere else and are probably owned by someone else.

Now as far as data consumption is concerned, logically, downloading and streaming the same content should eat up the same amount of data. But it can still vary, specifically for streaming, with your Internet speed.

Deciding between the two, however, is really a question not just of how much data either consumes but also of what you’re more willing to invest (data or storage) and how willing you are to spend for it.


To make the case for both, it also depends on what you’re looking for. Music requires less data than videos. Whether you’re streaming or downloading video, it will burn through your data allowance faster than you can type up the data promo code.

Whether you prefer streaming or downloading, it’s good to know that you now have more choices to fit your lifestyle and needs!

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Check out these 700Mhz smartphones!

700 MHz Ready?

Published on August 12, 2016

If you’re on the lookout for 700Mhz-ready phones, then you’re in the right place.


So your service provider is getting ready to unleash the powers of a 700MHz connection. Is your phone ready for this innovation? No? Then, it might be time for a much needed upgrade!

These amazing smartphones might be the ones to catch your fancy.

  1. Samsung Galaxy Note 7

    Nothing says upgrade as much as Samsung’s latest offering. With 4GB RAM, 64GB internal memory, 3500mAh battery, and, of course, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset, enabling you to enjoy 700mHz bandwidth.
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  3. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

    If you think style is key, the Galaxy S7 is the one for you! Its Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 makes this baby a shoo in for this list, with a 3600mAh battery, 4GB RAM, and 32GB internal memory.
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  5. Sony Xperia Z5

    This bestselling smartphone from Sony might be just what you’re looking for! It’s Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 makes this baby a shoo in for this list, with 2900mAh Quick Charge 2.0 battery, 3GB RAM, and 32GB internal memory.
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  7. Huawei P9 Plus

    Looking for a phone that could take IG-ready pictures? The Huawei P9 Plus is the one for you! Co-engineered with Leica, Huawei gives you this crafty smartphone with 12MP dual-lens camera, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, and a HiSilicon Kirin 955 chipset
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  9. Lenovo Vibe K4 Note

    If price points are what you consider, this smartphone will leave no holes in your pocket. With a 3 GB RAM, 16GB memory, and a Mediatek MT6753HTC 10 chipset, this phone is basically a steal
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  11. iPhone SE

    This phone proves that size does not matter as it packs a 12MP iSight camera, and an Apple A9 chipset. Here's to enjoying a pocketful of speed!

Pro Tip: It’s a must to check out full specs of these phones to see which one fits your lifestyle (and your budget) most!

Do you already have a favorite? I know you do.

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Adult-ing starts with really knowing how to work your phone properly.

Easy way to setup your mobile data

Published on July 16, 2016

Hey guys, here’s a step by step guide on setting up your mobile internet on Android, just in case!

Here’s a compilation of award-worthy ones that you may like:

Super simple lang, here’s how to do it:



Go to Settings.


Find the wireless and network settings option.

Click More.


Click on the Mobile Networks button.


Make sure the mobile data option is ticked. If your data still doesn’t work, click on Access Point Names (APN). APN is pretty much your how your telco delivers data to you.


There may be different APNs available so just check and see which one makes yours work. If nothing works, you may have to manually input the APN.


Here, you may needyour telco’s help. Get all the details from them and make sure everything is on-point. Or else,no Pokemon Gofor you, buddy.

*Not all android phones will have the same interface

Once you’re all set-up, that’s it! You’re ready to surf away!

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