Internet Attorney: PayPal Mobile

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PayPal now has free apps for your iPhone, Android, or BlackBerry mobile phone device called PayPal Mobile. On the pro side, this makes it easier for you to send and receive payments in your online business. No need to boot up a laptop at the local Starbucks. We’re talking real-time e-commerce.

On the down side, there are inherent risks to discuss with your Internet attorney about using your mobile phone to pay bills or receive money via PayPal. In addition to hackers who now focus on mobile devices, you’ve got the risk of losing your mobile device. If someone gets your misplaced or stolen cell phone with the PayPal Mobile app on it, what will happen if you have your login info (username, password, etc.) already in your phone?

There’s a real risk of cybertheft here. And the damages can be compounded if you’ve tied a bank account to your PayPal account.

Should you use PayPal Mobile? That depends on whether you’re a risk taker or risk adverse. Be sure to minimize those risks by talking about specific risks with your Internet attorney, keeping physical possession of your cell phone, and making sure you don’t have your login info stored on the phone where it is easily accessible. Just as you wouldn’t leave your laptop unattended in a public place with your PayPal username and password available for someone to use, you wouldn’t want to leave your cell phone unattended with the mobile app installed.

Here’s the link where you can get PayPal Mobile for your iPhone, Android phone or BlackBerry.

Disclosure – I’m testing the PayPal Mobile app right now on my BlackBerry (as a software attorney, I prefer Blackberry to iPhone). If I get rid of the app for some reason, I’ll post an update here explaining why.

09-20-2017 Update: I discarded BlackBerry several years ago and currently have a Google Pixel XL Android OS phone. I do not use the PayPal Mobile app as I’ve not yet found a need to do so.

Cell Phone Blocker – A Good Idea

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Tired of inconsiderate jerks talking on their cell phones in restaurants, bathrooms, religious institutions, museums, and other places where you simply want peace and quiet. Ready to throw your popcorn (or a shoe) at the next moron who lets their cell phone ring during a movie?

Now there’s a short-range cell phone blocker on the market for less than 60 bucks.

There’s only two cons that I see to such a device.

First, the reviews suggest that it tends to run hot when used for long periods of time.

Secondly, my guess is that the mobile phone companies will be running to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) demanding that it be banned. They’ll use the excuse that emergency response personnel (police, fire departments, etc.) need reception everywhere or some other public interest argument.

The sad thing is that the lack of common sense and etiquette creates a demand for this device.

I’m all for using tech to improve our lives … but sometimes idiots go too far.

Speaking of which, check out this story about a man who had his thumbs surgically altered (including the bones shaved down) to make it easier to use his iPhone.

Federal Communications Commission Says No Cell Phone Use On Planes

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Lacking sufficient technical information to show cellular phone calls would be safe in flight, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) erred on the side of caution by announcing today that it would not permit use in-flight. This decision was announced today by the FCC after more than two years of studying the issue. The decision is consistent with existing Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations governing the use of mobile phones, laptops, and other electronics equipment by passengers.

Hat tip to the Associated Press.

New European Union Copyright Law Proposal

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A proposed new copyright law has draconian provisions that could include jail time. And it covers Internet service providers (ISPs), software companies, websites, instant messaging (IM) and cell phone services.

If you’re doing business via the Internet in the European Union, watch this closely. Should it become law, chances are you’ll have to adjust your online activities to accommodate it.

Hat tip to PC World.