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THINGS YOU NEVER KNEW YOUR CELL PHONE COULD DO EMAIL AND OTHER SOLICITATIONS IN THE GUISE OF “HELPFUL” EMAILS

July 12th, 2010 · No Comments · Social Commentary

THINGS YOU NEVER KNEW YOUR CELL PHONE COULD DO EMAIL – AND ONES LIKE IT THAT PURPORTEDLY HELP BUT CAN CONTAIN MALWARE, SPYWARE, ETC.

VIRUSES IN THE FORM OF "HELPFUL EMAILS"

ATTENTION – DO NOT GO TO THE LINK ABOUT – IT HAD SOME WEIRD .lnk file extension.

My mom, God bless her – just can’t help herself. No matter how many computers have crashed on her, how many attachments she’s opened with viruses, she’s a sucker for cute kitten pictures and emails that purport to have useful information.

Some of it actually is BUT some not. Again – is it worth your computer going down, or your personal data being compromised to a hacker? My mom lives in Florida where in senior communities it can get quite scary during hurricane season and you have no power, etc. So it’s hard not to say – don’t read. But others, well – look at this one.

My mom sends me this email – no matter how many times I tell her NOT to send me this stuff – and if I’ve been up late working and have my iPhone in bed trying to connect to YouTube, I may just give up and do some emails before the ambien kicks in.

I will comment in BOLD on the following text that was forwarded not only to me, but a few dozen other people (not bcc’d – but cc’d).

EMAIL
Passing on sometthing (spelling right away is a red flag but this could be innocent) that was passed onto me.

Things You Never Knew Your Cell Phone Could Do

For all the folks with cell phones. (You mean like half the solar system?) (This should be printed and kept in your car, purse, and wallet. Good information to have with you.)

There are a few things that can be done in times of grave emergencies (again who wrote this – grave emergency? Redundant – from India perhaps)?

Your mobile phone can actually be a life saver or an emergency tool for survival. Check out the things that you can do with it:

FIRST
Emergency

The Emergency Number worldwide for Mobile is 112.

This is true. I tried it.

If you find Yourself out of the coverage area of your mobile network and there is an Emergency, dial 112 and the mobile will search any existing network to Establish the emergency number for you, and interestingly, this number 112 can be dialed even if the keypad is locked. Try it out.

SECOND
Have you locked your keys in the car?

Does your car have remote keyless entry? This may come in handy someday. Good reason to own a cell phone: (ummmm….. huh?) If you lock your keys in the car and the spare keys are at home, call someone at home on their cell phone from your cell phone. Hold your cell phone about a foot from your car door and have the person at your home press the unlock button, holding it near the mobile phone on their end. Your car will unlock. This saves someone from having to drive your keys to you. Distance is no object. You could be hundreds of miles away, and if you can reach someone who has the other ‘remote’ for your car, you can unlock the doors (or the trunk).

Editor’s Note: (Who’s the editor?) It works fine! We tried it out and it unlocked our car over a cell phone!’ Bloggers note – It didn’t work with my friends SUV. Granted it was a 2004.

THIRD
Hidden Battery Power

Imagine your cell battery is very low. To activate, press the keys *3370#. Your cell phone will restart with this reserve and the instrument will show a 50% increase in battery. This reserve will get charged when you charge your cell phone next time.

Nope – This one doesn’t work on my iPhone – then again – it’s the iPhone.

FOURTH
How to disable a STOLEN mobile phone?

To check your Mobile phone’s serial number, key in the following Digits on your phone: *#06#. A 15-digit code will appear on the screen. This number is unique to your handset. Write it down and keep it somewhere safe.

(On iPhone the Serial Number is 11 digits and a mix of numbers and capital letters)..

If your phone gets stolen, you can phone your service provider and give them this code. They will then be able to block your handset so even if the thief changes the SIM card, your phone will be totally useless. You probably won’t get your phone back, but at least you know that whoever stole it can’t use/sell it either. If everybody does this, there would be no point in people stealing mobile phones.

Or you can just call your provider and tell them my phone was lost or stolen.

And Finally…..

FIFTH
Free Directory Service for Cells

hmmmmmm…….

Cell phone companies are charging us $1.00 to $1.75 or more for 411 information calls when they don’t have to. Most of us do not carry a telephone directory in our vehicle, which makes this situation even more of a problem. When you need to use the 411 information option, simply dial:

(800)FREE411, or (800) 373-3411 without incurring any charge at all. Program this into your cell phone now.

Ohhhhhhh Reeeeeaaaaaaaallllllyyyyyyy?????

I “gulp” tried it – you can also get your horoscope – wonder how much that costs you every month on your cell bill? Are you opting into a program – I hope I just didn’t because I tried it. Or Horoscope – gee I wonder how much that costs? Great – now they have my number (and anyone else who did this – and it’s possible I’ll start getting unwanted text solicitations which take months to stop.

This is the kind of information people don’t mind receiving, so pass it on to your family and friends.

Guys – don’t be fooled. Advertising in the guise of useless information is just a new marketing gimmick and a way to get your data including ip address, your email address, your friends email addresses, zip codes, states, etc., other demographic, geographic and even behavioral data.

Bottom line – IT’S AN ADVERTISEMENT – AND AN INSIDIOUS ONE AT THAT. STOP PASSING IT ON! DON’T OPEN IT UP IN THE FIRST PLACE.

Still In Beta, GCMP.tv syndicates to 150 Viral Video and Social Media Sites as well as mobile content to 70 countries. A little about myself, I head the digital media and emerging technologies division of GCMP.tv. In addition to being a leading New York media strategist, Brian specializes in social commerce, webcasting, building your own network (BYON), ghostwriting and blogging. iProgram specializes in Live To Phone Technologies, mobile video and marketing strategies from its base in New York City. Brian is also a leading authority on webcasting and is frequently called upon to execute webcasts from in studio and remote locations. He is a leading New York Based Streaming Media Encoding Technician.

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