Home > Articles

  • Print
  • + Share This
This chapter is from the book

This chapter is from the book

Managing Your Mobile Device’s Wireless Connections

All smartphones and some tablets can connect to the Internet using a cellular (4G/LTE/5G) data connection through your service provider (for example, AT&T Wireless, T-Mobile, or Verizon Wireless).

A cellular data plan either comes with a pre-determined monthly wireless data allocation (such as 5GB per month) or offers unlimited data while you’re in your cellular service provider’s network. If you travel abroad, your smartphone or tablet (with cellular data capabilities) will roam to another service provider’s network, and you will be charged high international roaming fees to make and receive calls, as well as to access the Internet using a cellular data connection. Most newer smartphones have a generic SIM card that automatically roams when abroad.

All smartphones and tablets can connect to the Internet using a Wi-Fi Internet connection whenever the device is within the signal radius of a Wi-Fi hotspot or your home wireless network. Connecting to a Wi-Fi Internet connection is free and unlimited, unless an access fee is charged by the Wi-Fi hotspot provider (in a hotel or Internet café, for example).

Just like when using a computer, you’re able to enhance the security of your mobile device’s Internet connection by installing and using a virtual private network (VPN) mobile app. A VPN can be turned on and used with either a cellular data connection or Wi-Fi connection. A VPN offers added protection when you’re away. When you install and activate a VPN on your mobile device, each time you access the Internet, everything you send or receive from your mobile device is automatically encrypted. This encryption helps to ensure secure transmission of your data—wirelessly from your mobile device to the Wi-Fi you’re connected to—without the threat of an unauthorized person (such as a cybercriminal) eavesdropping on your activity as your data is transmitted. Again, the security risk from hackers is significantly greater when using public Wi-Fi without a VPN.

Turning On Bluetooth Settings

In addition to communicating with the Internet, your mobile device can wirelessly link up with optional equipment and “smart” devices to remotely control them. This wireless connection is often achieved using Bluetooth, which is built in to your mobile device.

The actual wireless Bluetooth connection between your mobile device and the equipment it’s paired with is secure, but it works only within a signal radius of about 32 feet.

The equipment you link to and control from your mobile device may have security vulnerabilities that you can take simple steps to protect against. For example, there are many types of medical and fitness devises, from heart rate, blood pressure, and blood glucose monitors, to digital scales, smart pill boxes, and digital hearing aids that can exchange information with your smartphone. If you’re using one of these devices, make sure your personal medical data stays private, unless you opt to share it with your medical practitioner. Special privacy settings are typically offered within the specialized app that’s used to control the smart device.

Bluetooth is what typically enables connectivity between wireless headphones, external wireless speakers, a smart watch, or a wireless connection set up between your vehicle and smartphone.

If you don’t use Bluetooth devices, turn off your smartphone or tablet’s Bluetooth feature by launching Settings, tapping the Bluetooth option, and then tapping the Bluetooth feature.

However, to wirelessly link many types of equipment to your mobile device, the master Bluetooth option must be turned on and left on. You can control individual devices that are linked (or paired) with your device via the Bluetooth menu in Settings.

In-home appliances, security tools, and electronic devices can access the Internet to gather information and be remotely controlled or managed using a compatible computer, smartphone, smart watch, or tablet running a special app.

It’s important to set up this equipment—and your home Internet service—properly to protect against potential security vulnerabilities. If you maintain a secure Internet connection in your home, most smart home equipment is easy to use and offers minimal privacy and security risks. Some precautions include:

  • Installing a firewall to your home Internet service.

  • Using a virtual private network when connecting to the Internet using your computer, smartphone, and/or tablet, and not connecting your smart equipment to a public Wi-Fi.

  • Creating strong account passwords and keeping the passwords secure.

  • Setting up your smart equipment correctly and securely.

Using AirDrop (iPhone/iPad)

Another wireless tool that’s built in to the iOS and MacOS operating systems is called AirDrop. It’s used for transferring certain types of app-specific data between your smartphone, tablet, or Mac and someone else’s iPhone, iPad, or Mac that is in close proximity. This might include photos or an entry from your Contacts database.

To turn on or off the AirDrop feature on an iPhone or iPad, launch Settings, tap the General option, and then tap the AirDrop option. On a Mac, launch System Preferences, click the Extensions option, click the Share Menu option, and then use the AirDrop checkbox to turn the feature on or off.

For maximum security, keep the AirDrop featured turned off. To do this on an iPhone or iPad, select the Receiving Off option from the AirDrop menu in Settings.

If you choose to turn on this feature, you can opt to connect with any other iPhone, iPad, or Mac that belongs to someone whose contact information is stored in your Contacts database. To do this, choose the Contacts Only option from the AirDrop submenu.

This is a more secure option than allowing anyone near you with a compatible iPhone, iPad, or Mac (including strangers when you’re in a public and crowded location) to send you photos, video clips, or other content to the Apple equipment you’re using.

Send App-Specific Content Using AirDrop

When you want to share app-specific content via AirDrop, follow these steps:

  1. Launch a compatible app, such as Photos, that supports AirDrop. (Shown here on an iPhone.)

  2. Select the content you want to share (such as a photo).

  3. Tap the Share menu icon.

  4. From the Share menu, choose the AirDrop option. A list of nearby compatible mobile devices and Macs that have AirDrop turned on and that are accessible from the equipment you’re using will appear. Tap the user’s name or photo that you want to send the selected content to.

  5. A wireless connection between your equipment and the receiver’s equipment will be established, and the selected content will be transmitted between the two devices within a few seconds. (Not shown.)

  • + Share This
  • 🔖 Save To Your Account

InformIT Promotional Mailings & Special Offers

I would like to receive exclusive offers and hear about products from InformIT and its family of brands. I can unsubscribe at any time.

Overview


Pearson Education, Inc., 221 River Street, Hoboken, New Jersey 07030, (Pearson) presents this site to provide information about products and services that can be purchased through this site.

This privacy notice provides an overview of our commitment to privacy and describes how we collect, protect, use and share personal information collected through this site. Please note that other Pearson websites and online products and services have their own separate privacy policies.

Collection and Use of Information


To conduct business and deliver products and services, Pearson collects and uses personal information in several ways in connection with this site, including:

Questions and Inquiries

For inquiries and questions, we collect the inquiry or question, together with name, contact details (email address, phone number and mailing address) and any other additional information voluntarily submitted to us through a Contact Us form or an email. We use this information to address the inquiry and respond to the question.

Online Store

For orders and purchases placed through our online store on this site, we collect order details, name, institution name and address (if applicable), email address, phone number, shipping and billing addresses, credit/debit card information, shipping options and any instructions. We use this information to complete transactions, fulfill orders, communicate with individuals placing orders or visiting the online store, and for related purposes.

Surveys

Pearson may offer opportunities to provide feedback or participate in surveys, including surveys evaluating Pearson products, services or sites. Participation is voluntary. Pearson collects information requested in the survey questions and uses the information to evaluate, support, maintain and improve products, services or sites, develop new products and services, conduct educational research and for other purposes specified in the survey.

Contests and Drawings

Occasionally, we may sponsor a contest or drawing. Participation is optional. Pearson collects name, contact information and other information specified on the entry form for the contest or drawing to conduct the contest or drawing. Pearson may collect additional personal information from the winners of a contest or drawing in order to award the prize and for tax reporting purposes, as required by law.

Newsletters

If you have elected to receive email newsletters or promotional mailings and special offers but want to unsubscribe, simply email information@informit.com.

Service Announcements

On rare occasions it is necessary to send out a strictly service related announcement. For instance, if our service is temporarily suspended for maintenance we might send users an email. Generally, users may not opt-out of these communications, though they can deactivate their account information. However, these communications are not promotional in nature.

Customer Service

We communicate with users on a regular basis to provide requested services and in regard to issues relating to their account we reply via email or phone in accordance with the users' wishes when a user submits their information through our Contact Us form.

Other Collection and Use of Information


Application and System Logs

Pearson automatically collects log data to help ensure the delivery, availability and security of this site. Log data may include technical information about how a user or visitor connected to this site, such as browser type, type of computer/device, operating system, internet service provider and IP address. We use this information for support purposes and to monitor the health of the site, identify problems, improve service, detect unauthorized access and fraudulent activity, prevent and respond to security incidents and appropriately scale computing resources.

Web Analytics

Pearson may use third party web trend analytical services, including Google Analytics, to collect visitor information, such as IP addresses, browser types, referring pages, pages visited and time spent on a particular site. While these analytical services collect and report information on an anonymous basis, they may use cookies to gather web trend information. The information gathered may enable Pearson (but not the third party web trend services) to link information with application and system log data. Pearson uses this information for system administration and to identify problems, improve service, detect unauthorized access and fraudulent activity, prevent and respond to security incidents, appropriately scale computing resources and otherwise support and deliver this site and its services.

Cookies and Related Technologies

This site uses cookies and similar technologies to personalize content, measure traffic patterns, control security, track use and access of information on this site, and provide interest-based messages and advertising. Users can manage and block the use of cookies through their browser. Disabling or blocking certain cookies may limit the functionality of this site.

Do Not Track

This site currently does not respond to Do Not Track signals.

Security


Pearson uses appropriate physical, administrative and technical security measures to protect personal information from unauthorized access, use and disclosure.

Children


This site is not directed to children under the age of 13.

Marketing


Pearson may send or direct marketing communications to users, provided that

  • Pearson will not use personal information collected or processed as a K-12 school service provider for the purpose of directed or targeted advertising.
  • Such marketing is consistent with applicable law and Pearson's legal obligations.
  • Pearson will not knowingly direct or send marketing communications to an individual who has expressed a preference not to receive marketing.
  • Where required by applicable law, express or implied consent to marketing exists and has not been withdrawn.

Pearson may provide personal information to a third party service provider on a restricted basis to provide marketing solely on behalf of Pearson or an affiliate or customer for whom Pearson is a service provider. Marketing preferences may be changed at any time.

Correcting/Updating Personal Information


If a user's personally identifiable information changes (such as your postal address or email address), we provide a way to correct or update that user's personal data provided to us. This can be done on the Account page. If a user no longer desires our service and desires to delete his or her account, please contact us at customer-service@informit.com and we will process the deletion of a user's account.

Choice/Opt-out


Users can always make an informed choice as to whether they should proceed with certain services offered by InformIT. If you choose to remove yourself from our mailing list(s) simply visit the following page and uncheck any communication you no longer want to receive: www.informit.com/u.aspx.

Sale of Personal Information


Pearson does not rent or sell personal information in exchange for any payment of money.

While Pearson does not sell personal information, as defined in Nevada law, Nevada residents may email a request for no sale of their personal information to NevadaDesignatedRequest@pearson.com.

Supplemental Privacy Statement for California Residents


California residents should read our Supplemental privacy statement for California residents in conjunction with this Privacy Notice. The Supplemental privacy statement for California residents explains Pearson's commitment to comply with California law and applies to personal information of California residents collected in connection with this site and the Services.

Sharing and Disclosure


Pearson may disclose personal information, as follows:

  • As required by law.
  • With the consent of the individual (or their parent, if the individual is a minor)
  • In response to a subpoena, court order or legal process, to the extent permitted or required by law
  • To protect the security and safety of individuals, data, assets and systems, consistent with applicable law
  • In connection the sale, joint venture or other transfer of some or all of its company or assets, subject to the provisions of this Privacy Notice
  • To investigate or address actual or suspected fraud or other illegal activities
  • To exercise its legal rights, including enforcement of the Terms of Use for this site or another contract
  • To affiliated Pearson companies and other companies and organizations who perform work for Pearson and are obligated to protect the privacy of personal information consistent with this Privacy Notice
  • To a school, organization, company or government agency, where Pearson collects or processes the personal information in a school setting or on behalf of such organization, company or government agency.

Links


This web site contains links to other sites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every web site that collects Personal Information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this web site.

Requests and Contact


Please contact us about this Privacy Notice or if you have any requests or questions relating to the privacy of your personal information.

Changes to this Privacy Notice


We may revise this Privacy Notice through an updated posting. We will identify the effective date of the revision in the posting. Often, updates are made to provide greater clarity or to comply with changes in regulatory requirements. If the updates involve material changes to the collection, protection, use or disclosure of Personal Information, Pearson will provide notice of the change through a conspicuous notice on this site or other appropriate way. Continued use of the site after the effective date of a posted revision evidences acceptance. Please contact us if you have questions or concerns about the Privacy Notice or any objection to any revisions.

Last Update: November 17, 2020