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This is the first post in a while as I took a break. I spent ten days in the panhandle of Idaho and Montana visiting my wife’s family. I always look forward to this yearly trip as I do not have much access to the internet or cellular data. It is always refreshing and energizing not being connected. During the ten days, I visited with family without someone constantly checking their phones for updates while we were talking. I was able to read a few books and I would highly recommend “Make Just One Change Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions” by Dan Rothstein and Luz Santana. I will be changing my lessons and will be posting about it later.
One day my truck’s battery died and I went into town to purchase a new one. I stopped for lunch and started observing those around me. A young married couple each took out their phones as they sat at the table next to me. I did not observe them once talking with each other but were constantly swiping and typing on their phones. I observed a couple families sit down and give tablets to their children to play games or watch videos. It saddens me as I watch this.
As a family, we always ate dinner together because it was a priority for my wife and me. One year we had a foreign exchange student living with us and it would be hilarious to watch him while he was at the dinner table. His cell phone would ring and you could see his face contort and his attempt to control his hands not reaching into his pocket. You see, we had a rule for the dinner table: no cell phones. Our family’s goal was to provide an atmosphere of connectedness. Therefore, it saddens me to watch couples spend their meals swiping their phones and families ’providing ‘entertainment’ to their children while they are eating. Where is the connectedness among those families?
My wife and I did not want our sons to be addicted and waste time playing video games so we did not own any gaming consoles. We played board and card games instead. Our oldest son is allowing our grandchildren to play video games but has set a time limit for them. The console will log the children out after one hour of play and then the console will not allow them to log in until the next day. They are investing in a connected family.
I enjoyed the freedom from being disconnected from the internet so I decided to make some changes in my life.
- My phone and tablet are set to silent from 9 pm till 6 am every day.
- I have removed work email access from the phone and will only read the emails and respond to them during work hours. I will not write or respond after work hours so I am not tempting my colleagues away from their family times.
- I removed all push notifications. Do I really need to know when my daughter-in-law posted a picture of my grandchildren or the final scores of games? Why be de-energized by constantly checking every time there is a new notification alert?
- I will check social media only twice a day.
I will not allow technology to control me but I will control the technologies in my life as I am determined that technology will not drain the energy from my life. I want to be disconnected to be connected.