At a time when tech­nol­o­gy has rev­o­lu­tion­ized almost every­thing, peo­ple are find­ing smarter, bet­ter ways to make use of their smart­phones. The num­ber of peo­ple who own and use smart­phones today is incred­i­ble big. Indeed, the likes of Apple, Sam­sung, LG, HTC, Sony and the oth­er glob­al­ly renowned smart­phones man­u­fac­tur­ers have been try­ing hard to quench the appetites for pow­er­ful, hand-held com­put­ing devices. Most of the lat­est smart­phones avail­able in the mar­ket can per­form an over­whelm­ing num­ber of tasks, with­out any notice­able per­for­mance lags. For instance, a typ­i­cal Sam­sung smart­phone priced at $400 will play just about any Android 3D game, work with office appli­ca­tions, and do a num­ber of oth­er things you only used to do on your lap­top or PC com­put­er. All this evo­lu­tion increas­es con­ve­nience for users, and makes com­mu­ni­ca­tion much eas­i­er.

Extending Smartphones Use

Typ­i­cal­ly, smart­phones come pre-laud­ed with an oper­at­ing sys­tem. Android and iOS are the only two mobile oper­at­ing plat­forms that have man­aged to secure mar­ket wide dom­i­na­tion. By installing appli­ca­tions of their choice, users on any mobile oper­at­ing sys­tem can extend their expe­ri­ences and do a lot more things that the device’s stock capa­bil­i­ties. Both Android’s, iOS’s and Win­dows Phone app mar­ket­places allow you to do near­ly any­thing a com­put­ing device can do — either via a free or paid app. But there’s a noth­ing trend that’s tak­ing shape today. Peo­ple are using smart­phones as con­sumer elec­tron­ics, remotes for TVs and oth­er elec­tri­cal appli­ances, as well as tools to mea­sure such met­rics as body tem­per­a­tures. These are just but a few of the many ways in which peo­ple are enhanc­ing their every­day liv­ing through smart­phones.

Securing your Smartphone

A lot of peo­ple often for­get to pro­tect their smart­phones from hack­ers, crack­ers and oth­er types of mali­cious indi­vid­u­als. Secur­ing your device with a suit­able antivirus appli­ca­tion is the first thing you should do once you acquire it from a ven­dor. Of late, there have been sit­u­a­tions where celebri­ties were sur­veyed on via their smart­phone cam­eras. Hack­ers have got­ten so sophis­ti­cat­ed at their game. Unsus­pect­ing users have also been robbed of mon­ey via hacked cred­it card details. By installing a suit­able antivirus appli­ca­tion, you can keep your device and data safe. Avast is poten­tial­ly the best antivirus appli­ca­tions that you can install to safe­guard your smart­phone. Most secu­ri­ty apps today have mul­ti­ple fea­tures for secu­ri­ty, pri­va­cy, anti-theft and anti-loss pro­tec­tion.

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Using Smartphones to Enhance Home Security

A good smart­phone can be con­nect­ed to a com­pat­i­ble home secu­ri­ty sys­tem to mon­i­tor the env­i­ron and bol­ster home secu­ri­ty when you’re away. By lever­ag­ing this form of con­nec­tiv­i­ty, smart­phone own­ers are able to active and deac­ti­vate secu­ri­ty sys­tems with just the tap of a but­ton. Peo­ple have often used Android smart­phones to receive noti­fi­ca­tions any­time there’s a dis­tur­bance that trig­gers a home secu­ri­ty sys­tem. For instance, you can con­fig­ure the secu­ri­ty sys­tem to send a text alert to your device if at all there’s activ­i­ty that can be inter­pret­ed as a bur­glary attempt.

Smartphones for Handheld Surveillance

Receiv­ing noti­fi­ca­tions from the home secu­ri­ty sys­tem isn’t the only way you can use your smart­phone to bol­ster home secu­ri­ty. Near­ly all mod­ern smart­phones are equipped with a cam­era of con­sid­er­able res­o­lu­tion. This cam­era can be used a tool for hand­held sur­veil­lance and sit­u­a­tion­al film­ing. More so, smart­phones can be con­nect­ed with a home secu­ri­ty sys­tem to stream live footage from the main sys­tem right to your device. By installing sur­veil­lance (CCTV) cam­eras on your doors, win­dows, back­yard and oth­er areas of your home, you can remote­ly access this footage from a dis­tance. This way, you get to know when there’s some­one mess­ing around your home, or when there’s any sit­u­a­tion. This kind of evi­dence is also impor­tant if you’re going to take legal action against bur­glars or per­pe­tra­tors.

There’s no lim­it to how you can extend your smart­phone for a bet­ter, more con­ve­nient expe­ri­ence. From increas­ing your work­place pro­duc­tiv­i­ty, observ­ing time dur­ing offi­cial engage­ment, to enhanc­ing your home secu­ri­ty, you can use your smart­phone as a handy tool!

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