Mobile Device Guide: How to Encrypt an Android Device

Mobile Device Guide: How to Encrypt an Android Device

This is a guide describing step by step directions on how to encrypt an Android device. There are several reasons to encrypt your smart phone. It keeps your data protected and secure from hackers, law enforcement and anyone else who has no business seeing it. When you think about what we all use our phones for the argument for encryption is amplified. I use my smart phone to do my banking, take all of my pictures, store medical files and important tax information. Beyond that your phone is constantly tracking you, it knows where you are every moment of your life, it knows where you live, where and when you work and go to school. Much like Santa even knows when your sleeping and awake. Every personal text conversation and email you receive is on your phone as well. Encryption is key to keeping all of this personal private data actually personal and private. I love the idea of encryption because strong encryption is mathematically impossible to break. There is not many things so full proof in life. Encryption has become so important all newer Android devices come with encryption on by default. To write this article I had to use that old nexus 5 I rooted because its running an old enough version of Android that it isn’t encrypted by default. As a side note if you are using a rooted device you must first unroot to encrypt. Encryption was not on be default on any version of Android earlier then Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Before you start the encryption process make sure your battery is fully charged and...

7 Best Personal Self Improvement Apps for Android

  Duolingo: Duolingo is a great way to improve yourself by learning a second language. This app is great because it makes learning a new language fun, and there are hundreds of languages to choose from. I have begun learning Spanish by playing Duolingo for 15 minutes a day. Duolingo slowly builds a complete knowledge by teaching you not only how to speak but also how to write the language.     Argus: Argus is a great self-improvement app designed with physical health in mind. What I love most about Argus is that it’s a complete multi-faceted health solution. Argus tracks your activity, your diet, water intake, sleep and offers a social media community for encouragement. Installing Argus allowed me to stop using four separate apps simplifying my day to day life. Argus has a honeycomb layout and every day slowly fills in different tiles so you can get a complete view of your habits over time.     Meetup: Meetup is my favorite hobby building and networking app. Meetup will ask for your interests and location. Then it will show you a list of local meetups matching your interests. There are two great benefits to using this app. First this is a great way to learn more about your favorite interests and grow your hobbies. Secondly Meetup will get you out of the house and networking with a group of like minded people. Not only can you join other meet ups but also you can create your own meet up if you so choose.     Headspace: Headspace is guided meditation app. I started using Headspace to try...
Android TV 7.0 Nougat New Features

Android TV 7.0 Nougat New Features

Android TV is an operating system built on Android designed for set top boxes with a customized interface for use on a television. There are several options on the market for Android TV devices, many newer TVs come with it baked in. Today I will be using the Nvidia Shield to demo some of the new Android TV features. I picked the Shield because it is hands down the best set top box on the market. It is reasonably priced, regularly updated and has enough processing power to run AAA video games and as well as 4k content. I will be highlighting new features that came with the Android 7.0 Nougat update. The three main new features on Android TV 7.0 Nougat are Task Switching, Picture in Picture and the Google Assistant. Android TV 7.0 Nougat features: Task Switching: This feature is used to easily flip through your open apps, switch between them and close them at will. To access task switching hold down the home button on your remote until the task switching menu loads. This is epically useful if you have several apps open and want to close some of them to better performance well still keeping other tasks running. Another great use of task switching is you can switch from one app directly to another without having to return to the Home screen in between.   Picture in Picture: Picture in picture is technology I’m sure you all are familiar with. This feature allows you to have two apps open at once with one contained in a smaller box on your screen. To access picture in...
How to Root a Nexus 5

How to Root a Nexus 5

Today I will be giving an overview of how to root then nexus 5. Before getting started its important to understand that rooting a phone has its own set of disadvantages. One being that rooting will void any warranty that your device may have. Beyond that rooting will completely wipe your device so you might consider backing your phone up before if you aren’t okay with losing everything on it. Lastly it’s important to understand that attempting to root a phone can end up with a bricked phone. This is always the chance you take when dealing with reinstalling operating systems. If you phone somehow gets turned off or loses power during the rooting process you may never recover it. Now that I got that disclaimer out of the way lets jump into this process. All you need to root a device is the device itself, a computer and a couple types of free software that I will link to below. OK let’s get started. First Enable the hidden developers menu on the phone. You do this by going to “settings” then “about phone” listed in this menu is “build number”. You want to rapidly tap “build number” until it unlocks the hidden developers menu. Now that you have access to the developers menu open it and check the “USB debugging” check box. Next you want to switch to a PC and download CF-Auto-Root which you can get here https://download.chainfire.eu/363/CF-Root/CF-Auto-Root/CF-Auto-Root-hammerhead-hammerhead-nexus5.zip Once downloaded you need to extract the entire folder, I use 7-Zip but WinZip and WinRar will also work perfectly fine. Next you’re going to download and install Android...

LastPass Password Manager: Overview and Step by Step How-To Tutorial

Today I will be giving a quick overview of the LastPass password manager platform, how it works, what it all supports and how to install and configure LastPass. LastPass is a very popular password manager that runs on almost any platform imaginable. How password managers work is they store and encrypt all your account login credentials across all your platforms. Once all this information is compiled it is then encrypted and your encryption key is your “Master Password”. This allows not only the security of having all your login information encrypted but also the convenience of only needing to remember one password to unlock every account you have. LastPass is my preferred password manager because it’s free tier is a fully featured secure manager and it is supported by so vary many browsers, computer operating systems and mobile platforms. Making LastPass a complete solution. Below is a list of all the different supported LastPass offerings.   Windows Officially Supported LastPass Universal Windows Installer Installs Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Opera plugins in one package Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Apple Safari Opera Maxthon Compatible but not supported SeaMonkey Pale Moon Epic Confused by “Compatible but not supported”? LastPass’ website states “As a courtesy to the overall open source community we attempt to keep these browsers running, however we do not officially support it. As we do not officially support, we are not currently taking bug reports for these browsers.” MAC LastPass Universal Mac Installer Installs Safari, Firefox, Chrome, and Opera plugins in one package. LastPass MAC App Apple Safari Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Opera Mobile Apps LastPass...