Professional and Polite
Trying to establish connections with people professionally and politely will get you very far, because most people stop pursuing a connection as soon as a call or email isn’t returned. At the very least, you deserve a response. That’s my feeling when I am trying to connect with someone. Sometimes I even continue to follow up on principal, because I believe that everyone deserves a response when writing and asking a question politely.
Applications for Phones and Tablets
Passwords are important, but there are other ways hackers can get into your computer, your mailing lists, and other information. Since the invention of the iPhone and the Android system and phone, there has been a proliferation of applications, or “apps” as they are known. You can download apps for reading books, for playing games, for finding local restaurants, and much, much more.
Apps are also available for Android system phones—which were developed by Google—but with one critical difference. On the iPhone, which is produced by Apple, the apps that are available are very tightly controlled by the company. That means that when someone is trying to create an app to sell in Apple’s online store, iTunes, they have to propose it to Apple first. If Apple likes it, then they will make it available for download on iTunes, but if they don’t like it, they won’t. This is because Apple wants iTunes to carry only squeaky-clean apps with nothing unsuitable for children, which means no nudity or adult references of any kind (although apps that make farting noises are OK). For Android phones, the store allows apps to be uploaded much easier and there are fewer restrictions. This is because Android developers wanted their apps to be even more popular than Apple’s, but problems are arising in both companies, so it’s important to remain updated and informed.
Phone Apps Have Access to Your Information
Before you download an app, you will have a chance to read a description of it and, most importantly, a list of what it has access to on your phone. In order for an app to work, it has to be able to access some of your phone’s data and controls. I just downloaded a timer app, which is like a kitchen egg timer, and I use it to time my meditation sessions, which are twenty minutes long. When I was about to download it, I was told what it would need access to: it was just going to change my phone controls to stop my phone from going to sleep. Apps that manipulate photos will let you know that the app will need access to your phone camera, whereas apps that help with driving directions will need access to the global positioning system or GPS in your phone. That’s all OK, but some apps are designed to hack your phone, so read carefully.
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