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Everything You Need To Know About Smartphone Viruses

As smartphones increase in popularity, so do smartphone viruses. While smartphones are generally more protected against viruses and malware than computers and laptops, they are still vulnerable to becoming infected. Contrary to popular belief, any brand of smartphone is at risk of contracting a virus. iPhones are equally as vulnerable to infection as Android phones, and even more so if the phone is jailbroken. This blog post will answer all of your questions related to smartphone viruses.

How do phones get infected?

  1. Bad Apps: These apps carry viruses that get inside of your phone once you download them, giving it access to your location, contacts list, text messages, email, social media accounts, and other personal information.
  2. Spam Emails or Texts: When you get a fishy email or text message with a link to a website, do not click it! When you open a link or other attachment, you open up your phone to viruses and malware. If your phone is already infected, your email’s spam blocker won’t work. You will get these scam emails and texts from sources disguised as people in your contacts list, which you will be more likely to open, allowing your phone to be further infected.
  3. Bad Websites: The easiest way for a phone to get a virus is from an internet download. Even though you may want to watch your favorite TV show online, be careful what you download, or else you risk getting a virus.
  4. PC Connections and Bluetooth: Computer viruses are just like viruses that humans get sick from. If your computer or laptop has a virus and you connect your phone to it, your phone can also contract a virus. Much like how viruses in real life are airborne, so are computer viruses. Phones with Bluetooth capabilities are vulnerable to catching viruses from nearby phones that are infected.

How do I protect my phone from getting a virus?

Download apps only from verified sources, such as Apple’s App Store, Google Play, or the Samsung Galaxy Store. Never download from third-party sources. Before you download an app, check the reviews and be on the lookout for other users warning about viruses.

Don’t click on pop-up ads while browsing the internet, and avoid downloading things from the internet as much as possible, unless it’s from a reputable, verified website. Never click on suspicious links that you receive in spam emails or texts. In addition, keep your phone’s operating system up to date and frequently back it up.

Lastly, you can purchase antivirus programs that are compatible with your phone. These programs scan apps, emails, texts, and file downloads. If an app or email raises a warning, the antivirus program will flag it for you and give you the option to download it or not.

How do I tell if my phone has a virus?

Some signs are easy to tell. You may notice pop-ups and invasive advertisements, or the appearance of an unfamiliar app that you know you never downloaded. Also, if people in your contacts list are receiving odd phone calls and texts from you, that means a virus is in your phone, trying to spread to others.

Other signs may not be immediately noticeable. While a fast draining battery is common, it could mean that you have a virus that’s using your battery to operate. If you’ve got unexplained charges on your cell phone bill or an increase in data usage, it could mean that a virus is using your phone to make calls and texts, and to send information. An overheating or slow phone is also a sign.

What do I do if my phone has a virus?

As soon as you notice that your phone has a virus, switch it on airplane mode so that the virus can’t send or receive data. If you notice any odd apps, uninstall them immediately. Then, do a factory reset and restore your phone from a previous backup; this can sometimes get rid of the harmful malware. Lastly, download a trusted antivirus program that’s compatible with your smartphone. If virus removal or backing up your phone doesn’t work, you may need to replace your whole phone.

Conclusion

You can never be too safe with your smartphone. Viruses are sneaky and can get into your phone when you least expect it. When you need smartphone repairs, you can always trust Dr Phone RX to help. We are your go-to phone repair professionals when you need software or hardware repairs.

The Latest Phone Concepts

A lot has happened over the last decade in the phone industry. Gone is the heyday of flip phones, as we live in the touchscreen era. The world has already seen prototype after prototype of cooler and shinier gadgets, and movies only seem to stretch the boundaries of imagination every day. One is bound to wonder, what would the phones of tomorrow look like? Well, simply read on to find out!

1. DSLR Phone

Filters and zoom-ins can do wonders for our selfies, and video-editing technology has joined the mobile fray to make moviemaking only easier for smartphone users (so much so, in fact, that there are now smartphone film festivals). But what if a phone were capable of even more? Light, the American camera startup, has come up with a prototype phone that has nine lenses for filming and photographing. It is about the same thickness as an iPhone X; and it allows for low-light settings and complex depth effects. Reminiscent of a DSLR, this high-resolution gadget sets a high bar for others. Could we be close to making phones that have motion capture technology (used to render CGI characters like Gollum, King Kong, and the Na’vi)? Time will tell.

2. Bendable Phone

You might’ve seen Samsung’s phones with rounded edges. After the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013, at which Samsung showcased the phone with the bendable screen, bendable-screen technology has advanced significantly. At CES 2019, the global manufacturer Royole introduced the FlexPai, the world’s first foldable phone. The name “foldable phone” is a bit of a misnomer, though, since it can convey the false belief that the phone is actually no different from the flip phone (since flip phones technically do fold on their hinges). But foldable display technology is actually about bending phones like paper. Some of the common challenges for this technology include those of 1) graphine oxide, which is expensive, and 2) of ITO (indium tin oxide) displays, which are crystalline and therefore prone to decrease in performance whenever bent. The FlexPai is a bit too thick to fit into a back pocket, but it’s a start.

3. Wirelessly Charging Phone

Carrying around those entangled cords and bulky adaptors would be unnecessary if only phones didn’t need them. Well, companies like Energous have come up with a way to send battery power through radio frequencies. Ideally, this over-air charging technology would save much space as well as time due to the absence of coiling and uncoiling. The downside is that these gadgets would often require proximity to special transmitters. Without these transmitters set up, using a corded charger may be faster. If the batteries won’t come to us, we would have to have to go to the batteries.

Conclusion

Yes, all this news is exciting. But have patience; buying one foldable phone at the current rate can cost a fortune! Keep up with the waves of new inventions, but rather than being tossed to and fro, weigh the pros and cons carefully. For the time being, Dr. Phone Fix is in the business of helping out with those familiar, good old smartphones and tablets!

What To Look for in a Waterproof Phone

Trying to search for the best waterproof phone? There are so many phones on the market that claim they prevent water damage. From the Samsung Galaxy to the iPhone, you want the best protection for your phone. In this blog, we will discuss some of the features to look for in a waterproof phone.

Processor

“The processor is the brain of the smartphone,” explains Nick Stam, director of technical marketing at Nvidia. “Just like a regular desktop or laptop, these devices are, at the highest level, computers, and like computers, they have a processor to do all the basic calculations and to execute code.”


A processor can make all the difference to your day-to-day use of the device. If you want to run a lot of apps, take a lot of pictures, and avoid glitches and freezes, make sure your processor can handle how much you use your phone.

Screen Size

Deciding on the right screen is key, especially if you’re considering a waterproof phone. If you’re looking to use it underwater, the bigger the better! Operating a phone camera while its submerged isn’t easy, so a larger screen may make things simpler.

Operating System

Android vs. iOS systems have their own set of pros and cons. Apple has lagged behind on waterproof phones, but have now introduced new and improved phones on the market. As for Android users, you can choose from Google and Samsung for a large diversity of waterproofed phones.

Camera Quality

The latest generation of smartphones has really stepped up the photo quality, with phone camera snaps uploaded to Instagram and other social media platforms on the daily. When it comes to camera quality, manufacturers know this is a feature that matters. If you have an interest for underwater photography, your main challenge is reduced lighting, as well as being able to operate the camera itself. Fortunately, low-light picture quality and image stabilization have improved immensely in recent smartphones.

Security

Waterproof phones are designed to withstand water, so if you happen to drop it in the toilet or dunk it in your pool, it should be okay. While the waterproof feature of your phone is important, so is finding a phone with a good security system. iPhones and Androids have Face ID and touchscreen security included so that your phone can be protected unattended!

Conclusion From camera quality to screen size, there are so many features to consider when it comes to purchasing a waterproof phone. We know that accidents can happen, including  dropping your phone in the toilet while playing Angry Birds. If your phone has been damaged in any way, please bring it to DrPhoneFix today

Disinfecting Your Smartphone

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With cold and flu season in full swing, everyone is trying to not get sick. When looking for ways to prevent catching an illness, it’s important to know where harmful bacteria comes from. One of the most disease-ridden things causing the flu is kept right in our pockets – our smartphones. According to scientists at the University of Arizona, phones have 10 times more bacteria on them than toilet seats. Gross! So, how exactly are our phones getting dirty?

 

Putting Our Phones in Dirty Places

Where we place our phones contributes to the amount of bacteria found on them. One of the places that contain the most bacteria are restrooms. Scientists recommend never placing your phone in the bathroom, or even bringing it in there at all. According to studies, about 75% of people use their phones when going to the restroom; that’s a lot of people potentially carrying fecal bacteria such as E.coli. Bringing your phone into the restroom is equal to using the bathroom and leaving without washing your hands, say scientists. A big way to reduce the number of germs on your phone is never bringing it into the restroom.

 

Touching Our Phones with Dirty Hands

However, our own hands are the main culprit when looking at our dirty phones. We touch our smartphones countless times a day, so it makes sense that our phones get the dirtiest because of how much they are being touched. Washing your hands often is a great way to keep your Android or iPhone clean! This in itself also helps prevent you from getting sick.

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How to Disinfect Your Phone

But how should we disinfect our phones to get rid of germs already present? There are a number of ways to do so. Before you clean your phone, we recommend turning your phone off and disconnecting it from any chargers or power sources. Then, remove the battery and tape shut all the port openings to prevent damage from liquids.

 

Wipe your Phone Clean

To clean your phone, Apple recommends using lint-free cloth or microfiber cloth (the kind that cleans eyeglasses) to wipe your screen. Be sure to dampen the cloth with the water instead of spraying it on your phone to prevent water damage. Cotton swabs and toothpicks help to get rid of gunk and grime that gets stuck in your phone’s smaller crevices. You can also use anti-bacterial wipes or microfiber phone cleaning kits.

 

Disinfect Your Phone

Want a stronger disinfectant? A 50-50 mixture of distilled water and white vinegar works, too. You can also try a mix of 60% water and 40% isopropyl rubbing alcohol and wipe with the lint-free cloth or microfiber cloth. Again, be sure to dampen the cloth with the liquid, and don’t apply the liquid directly on your phone. Use the dry part of the cloth to wipe any excess liquid from your phone. However, please be aware that Apple does NOT recommend using alcohol, ammonia, or other cleaning products to disinfect iPhones. When used gently and in small amounts, rubbing alcohol may not harm your phone, but be aware of your warranty plan and use it at your own risk.

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Conclusion

These are ways to keep your phone clean on the outside, but if you want to keep your phone clean on the inside, bring it to us at DrPhoneFix! We can repair anything from internal water damages to dead phones. In the case that you do accidentally break your phone from cleaning it, bring it to us and we can fix it in no time!

When You Should and Shouldn’t Upgrade Your Phone

It seems like there’s a new model for your phone being released every week. With phones and especially smartphones only getting more and more expensive, you probably have to choose the right time to upgrade your phone. We’ve got a couple of useful tips on how to save yourself money!

New Features

Each new phone release boasts a whole host of new features. However, if you look closely, most of these features are really minor. They can include things like new emojis or different phone colors. Neither of those seems worth the nearly thousand-dollar price tag. Instead, wait for models that come out with features like increased performance or a camera upgrade. These are the things that make switching to the newest version worth it.

Keep in mind that with each new model there will be not only additional new features but also some taken away too. We don’t understand the constant give and take from phone manufacturers either. Do your research before you buy so you’re not left disappointed.

Bad Battery

Running out of battery is a problem we all deal with. However, when it goes beyond just forgetting to charge your phone, you might have a battery problem. We suggest you review what’s running in the background of your phone and turning unnecessary features off first. If you are still having a problem, there’s probably a battery issue. While you can just get the battery replaced, if your phone is already a few years old, this might be a sign that it’s time to upgrade.

Broken Screen

If you’re dealing with a broken screen, it can seem like your phone is done for. Before you go and shell out a small fortune for a new phone, take it to Dr. Phone Fix first. Chances are we’ll be able to replace the screen without you having to scrap your phone. With a new screen, it’ll feel as good as new!

Conclusion

Getting a new phone is a big investment. Make sure you’re taking everything into consideration before taking on the cost of a phone upgrade. These three things are important to consider when you are trying to decide if you should or shouldn’t upgrade your phone!

Is Your Cracked Smartphone a Danger to Itself and Others?

Have you ever experienced the unspeakable horror of watching with bated breath after dropping your phone down a stairwell, out a window, or whilst walking down the street? In those precious seconds before the phone makes landfall, only one thought crosses the mind of the owner: is the screen cracked? The distance of the fall, the trajectory of the phone upon impact, and the manner of protection on the phone are all issues that factor into the extent of the damage. Unfortunately, if your screen does get cracked or shattered, there’s little one can do other than shell out the clams to replace the LCD, or leave the ugly web of cracks until you can afford to fix it.

The Longer You Wait, the Worse It Gets

Many people choose to leave a cracked screen until the whole unit becomes inoperable. Before one takes the procrastination approach, consider the damage that continues to be done to the phone with a cracked or even shattered touchscreen. Smartphones are a marvel of modern technology, and while they’re manufactured to sustain considerable damage before they stop working, they’re also more susceptible to further loss of function. Without the full protection of your screen, the digitizer (the component responsible for interpreting your touch) is exposed to debris and water. If this is compromised, you’re looking at much more expensive and extensive repairs. The LCD glass can also lodge deeper into the phone, causing additional problems. The cracked glass can splinter and cut your fingers or embed in your skin. A cracked screen dramatically decreases the value of your device and it looks just plain unprofessional.

In those crucial days after cracking your smartphone LCD, it’s important to seriously consider investing in a repair straightaway. Yes, it is going to be a chunk of cash that you didn’t want to spend on a phone screen. However, the longer you wait to fix this little problem it can potentially grow in a larger and more serious issue that threatens to ruin your entire phone. If you really can’t afford an immediate repair, at the very least use a screen protector over the cracked surface. It’s not a long-term solution but it’s better than nothing.

 

Reasons to Choose a Professional to Fix Your Phone

Your phone is an important aspect of your everyday life and you always want to make sure it is working to the best of its ability. When it’s not, it can quickly become a frustrating situation. Regardless, if you use your phone for emailing, texting, calling, games, or all of the above, you will notice how inconvenient life is without it. Instead of giving in and buying a whole new phone, there are many reasons why it’s always better to get the problem repaired instead. If you need your phone fixed right away, don’t try to fix the issue yourself – leave it in the hands of a cell phone repair specialist.

Benefits of a Cell Phone Repair Specialist

Money Saver: When it comes to repairing your phone, especially if you have one of the higher-end models, it is almost always cheaper than buying a brand-new phone. The price you will be spending on a phone screen repair or battery repair is nothing compared to the amount of money you would spend on a new phone.

Less Risk of Breaking it: When your cell phone breaks, you may become tempted to buy a few parts and fix the problem yourself. We highly recommend that you don’t do that. While YouTube may make it look simple enough, it is very easy to break your phone even further. Save the cost of a new phone for when you actually need it, and leave the smaller repairs to a professional.

Readily Available Parts: When you attempt to fix the issue yourself, you have to buy a multitude of parts that may end up costing you a pretty penny. Not only that, but it will also use up the little free time you have available. Professionals have a huge array of small screws, screwdrivers, and anything else they need to fix your phone. It’s nearly impossible to fix without the proper tools, so leave it to an expert.

Conclusion

The last thing you want to do is create an even bigger headache for yourself. When your phone is in need of a repair, get in touch with a team that has the tools and experience to help you during this time of need.

Do You Need a Laptop or a Tablet?

If you go to school or work away from home, the need for a portable computer probably isn’t lost on you. And while the option may have been pretty cut and dry back in the day, the introduction of tablets has given users quite a few more choices.

With that in mind, knowing the perks and drawbacks for both laptops and tablets is paramount for finding a device that works best for your workload and lifestyle. Fortunately for those interested in increasing their efficiency at the remote workplace, there’s a short checklist of crucial qualities to keep an eye out for when comparing products.

Portability

Laptops used to be the end all answer to those looking for a more portable and lightweight alternative to their computers. With the tablet’s entrance, however, we’ve began to see even more in the way of carry-able computing devices. Currently, tablets from a number of providers weigh well under 2 pounds and take up little to no space at all.

Laptops, on the other hand, have keyboards and track pads to think about. With so much more peripherals to think about, it’s unrealistic to expect even the most advanced of laptops to come close to tablets when it comes to saving on space.

Battery Life

While portability is surely a main draw for compact computer alternatives, special attention needs to be paid to the amount of battery life each contains. After all, if you plan on using a tablet or laptop at work or school, the last thing you want is to sacrifice performance searching far and wide for an outlet.

As far as tablets are concerned, their efficiency and low power requirements naturally lend themselves to improved battery economy. Laptops, conversely, use much more powerful hardware and call for much more energy usage. And while many laptops may have batteries with more capacity, the energy requirements the hardware calls for makes that point null.

Performance

So, up until now, it may seem like we’ve been toting tablets above laptops all across the board. Performance, however, is where the laptop takes the cake 9 times out of 10! Many tablets are able to cut down on costs and battery usage due to using lower powered processors and will generally fall flat when compared to their laptop counterparts. This makes laptops much more effective for any task aside from basic ones such as web browsing and emailing.

In addition laptops typically come equipped with much more storage compared to tablets on the market, making them perfect for storing a year’s worth of class notes or work.

Conclusion

All in all, both of these devices are perfect for those looking to get work done away from home. If you find yourself stuck between one or the other, however, knowing what kind and the level of intensity of work you plan on performing will go a long way towards helping you decide. Keep what we mentioned in mind and never forget to do some more research on the specific brands and models that speak to you! With enough looking into it, we’re sure you’ll find the perfect fit!

The New iPhones Are Here!

It is finally here! The yearly event all of us loyal iPhone users patiently wait for. This month, Apple has officially announced and released the new generation of iPhones to plenty of fanfare. We here at DrPhoneFix want to shed some light on the next big thing Apple has been cooking up.

The Specs

As expected, iPhone is expanding on with the iPhone X’s all-display design with the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR. These are may resemble each other on the outside, but it is what is inside that is the difference.

The XS Max is the big brother to the other iPhone X phones in every sense in the word, it is the X’s version of the Plus. The size comes in at 6.20 inches by 3.05 inches, which is apples largest display for a phone.

Screen

For those of you who are worried about cracking your screen, which is essentially the entire face of the phone, then you are in luck. This new crop of iPhones is supposed to have the most durable screens on the market. It remains to be seen as to if that claim can lead to less cracked screens, but it is good to know that Apple is taking steps in the right direction to protect our displays. After all, how problematic would it be if a phone that is almost all display had a flimsy screen?

On top of that, the battery is said to be the best yet. The improved battery life is designed to help power the phone’s massive display. The XR is said to have the longest battery life, but the XS and XS Max are not far behind.

Wire(less)

For those who were expecting the headphone jack to make a comeback, we are sorry to say that will not happen. Not only is Apple going jack-less with the new phones, but they are also going discontinuing the 6, the last iPhone with a headphone jack. To go along with this collection of wireless trends, these new iPhones can also wirelessly charge.

Costs

With all the upgrades in the new phones, the price also gets an upgrade as well.  The XR starts off at $749, the XS at $999, and the XS Max comes in at a whopping $1,099. The price may be steep for some, but there is little doubt this is the biggest and best phone Apple has produced.

Conclusion

We hope that you feel a bit more informed about the new crop of Apple phones that have launched this month. A new crop of iPhones means a whole new set of issues, but you can count on DrPhoneFix cure the problem.

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