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June 2015
Cyberproof Your Phone


          One in three robberies in major cities of the United States now nets a mobile smartphone. Cybercrooks are increasingly targeting smartphones to collect their users' stored data and to steal their identity! Take a look at the following 12 tips on how to protect your phone and your self!


1. If your phone offers encryption, enable it. Learn how to at http://help.unc.edu/help/encrypting-cell-phones.


2. Use security software. Check your carrier or phone manufactures for recommendations or free companies such as AVG, Avast and Lookout Mobile Security.


3. When using your smartphone to shop, use retailers' dedicated apps rather than your phone's browser.


4. Before installing apps, read their reviews and stick with trusted vendors such as Google or Apple.


5. Think twice about pubic Wi-Fi networks. You're more secure using the provider's network.


6. Don't auto-save your user name and passwords on apps or when using your smartphone to make financial transactions.


7. Regularly clear the browser history to prevent smartphone thieves from retracing your steps to hijack accounts.


8. Get an app that will track and report the location of your phone if you misplace it.


9. Ask your wireless carrier how to remotely erase stored data if your phone is lost or stolen.


10. Don't click on links in text messages or smartphone emails from strangers or even friends if the content doesn't appear to be recognizable.


11. Consider carrying a low-cost "dumb" phone to use when talking in public place.


12. Always lock your phone with a PIN.


At Elder Law Solutions we concentrate our practice in estate, long-term care and special needs planning. We are located on the North Shore and have a strong commitment to client service.  If you have questions about these or other legal matters, do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail by clicking here or by calling us at (978) 465- 5407.  

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day!

June 15th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day! Each year, untold numbers of elders are abused, neglected and exploited. Unfortunately, no one is immune. It occurs in every demographic, and can happen to anyone, a family member, neighbor, even you. Look for next months blog to learn more about how to get involved and ways to stay protected! 



We just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who helped us to surpass our goal this year of $2,000! Your donations have helped NAMI Massachusetts raise up to $500,835, 84% of their goal of $600,000!



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Elder Law Solutions
Margot G. Birke, Esq.                                        www.elderlaw-solutions.com
One Harris Street                                              info@elderlaw-solutions.com
Newburyport, MA 01950
(978) 465- 5407