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Show Notes Series 1 Episode 3
Welcome to series 1 episode 3 of the Your App Lady Podcast! All about apps and tech that I love and use every day.
On each episode, I’ll talk about recent tech news, recommend apps that I use myself and leave you with a great tech tip.
Keep your OS up to date!
WhatsApp removes itself from older operating systems.
Read more: https://www.pcmag.com/news/358165/whatsapp-bids-adieu-to-blackberry-os-windows- phone-8-0
I want to highlight this news today to remind you of the importance of keeping the operating system on you phones and tablets updated. If you don’t do the updates, you take the risk of not being able to use the apps you love.
App of the Week: Banking Apps
My husband and I have accounts at two banks and a credit union. One national bank: USAA; one local bank: Frost; and a local credit union.
All three have apps that I love using.
My speech therapy business’ revenue primarily comes from insurance payments and the balance on that account changes daily. I check up on the payments using the app.
We can also track expenses, transfer money, and deposit checks using the apps.
It’s super convenient and instantaneous:
Henry can call me while he is in line at the movie theater and I can transfer the money to him at that moment for him to buy a ticket.
I know people are concerned about security.
I have been using banking apps for over five years. My account has never been compromised by online banking or the accompanying apps.
On the other hand, my accounts have been compromised from skimmers at gas stations and ATMs out in the real world.
Here are some things you can do to make your mobile banking safer:
1) Never use public WiFi to open the app and view your accounts. Use your cellular data rather than the WiFi at a hotel, library, restaurant, Starbucks, etc.
2) Make sure the app is really from your bank. Download the app from the App Store, Google Play Store or the Microsoft Store. This ensures that the app is legitimate.
3) Never download a banking app on a “jail broken” device. These devices have layers of security removed and won’t be as safe.
4) Use the actual app on your phone rather than going to the bank’s website on your phone.
5) Make sure you use strong passwords and that the app requires the password every time you use it.
These tips are great for online shopping apps as well!
Here is a series of videos from Capital One about safe online banking: https://www.grovo.com/readysetbank/welcome
A strong, high quality, protective case is so important for your phone and tablets.
These cases can be very expensive but they don’t have to be!
I order all my cases from Amazon where I usually pay less than $20 per case.
When I have needed a case immediately and looked at Best Buy, Target or Walmart, lower quality cases were three to four times the cost. With Prime Now, I can order from Amazon and get the case the same day.
When searching for cases on Amazon, you must know what phone or tablet you have. For iPhones and iPads, you can google the serial number and find which version you have. I then search on Amazon for that model and “case”.
For my iPads, I add the word “protective” to the search.
I then filter the results by Amazon Prime and average customer reviews, and I only look at products with 4 or 5 stars ratings.
Then I scroll through and look at the description and reviews. Amazon is very generous with their return policy so you can easily return the case if you don’t like it. When I looked for a case for my iPhone 8, the Otterboxes were under $20 on Amazon and there were many good choices under $15.
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