Mobile Technology Resources

How can I keep my mobile device safe and secure?

1. Update
Is your device up to date? Update your apps and your iOS regularly. Each day, or when you are on Wi-Fi, is a good idea. Updates often include security patches that protect your device from the latest viruses and malware.

2. Lock

Use a passcode and a strong password on your devices. How strong is your password?

3. Download savvy
Don’t download every cool app. Check first to see if it's a good app.

4. Connect savvy
Stay off of unencrypted Wi-Fi. That is public internet access. Yes it's free, but it's also open to all.

5. Track
Be prepared. Find out what what you need to do if you lose your device. You can also use a grab-prevention app. Apps like Find my iPhone and Find my Android phone can help.

For more information about staying safe and secure online, visit The Commonwealth Department of Communication's website: Stay Smart Online with Mobile Devices

How can I find good apps?

1. Discover: How do I hear about new and useful apps?
LIST: Regularly scan the list of top 100 free and paid apps on iTunes (iOS) or Google Play (Android).

GOOGLE: Actively search for the best apps using search terms such as “best note taking apps 2015”. Be patient. Read several reviews. Use a variety of search terms, and use filters such as setting the Google search timeframe to just the last year.

PLATFORMS: Platforms such as Vionza or Fnd scan the app store for you.

APPS: Use apps that identify good apps. Seriously!

UNIVERSITY: your university has its own apps

PEOPLE: Ask people what apps they use personally and at work.

2. Research: How do I know an app is any good?
Once you identify a potential app, you can then evaluate it.

You can do this by:

  • reading the reviews on the app stores, and
  • searching for recent reviews of that app, e.g. “review Evernote

3. Evaluate: What kinds of things are you looking for when reviewing an app?
To evaluate an app consider the following questions:

  • Does the app work in Australia?
  • Is it compatible with your device, the recent operating systems and is it updated frequently?
  • Do users love it and not recommend another app instead?
  • How much does it cost? Is it worth it to you?
  • And most importantly, does it perform the task you need? Don’t waste time on an app that will be a distraction and not serve your purpose.

4. Test
Actively test the app in a range of ways at different times and decide if you want to use it. Then use it regularly so it becomes part of your workflow.