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Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by Ashmama, May 6, 2021.

  1. Ashmama

    Ashmama Lurker
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    Hi all,
    I am not real tech savvy. I just upgraded from a Samsung Galaxy S5 to an S8 plus (yes I know I'm behind the times) and there's 3 settings on my new phone that I'm not sure about on the pull down menu. I've Googled and I'm still lost. So, do I want mobile data, NFC, and wi-fi calling on or off? I don't know if it matters but the majority of the time I'm at home and connect to my home wi-fi, although I do sometimes access apps when I'm out and about, but I NEVER use all my paid data. I also have unlimited talk and text. It would be greatly appreciated if someone could tell me if these 3 things are needed or not on my phone.
     



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  2. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!

    mobile data will only be used when you are not on wifi.....so it is safe to leave on. it is your cellular internet so to speak.

    nfc is how samsung pay and google pay works on appropriate credit card terminals. so leaving that on or off is up to you. either way it will not affect battery life.
    https://electronics.howstuffworks.com/nfc-tag.htm

    wifi calling is great if you live in an area where your mobile signal is not as strong. it will also depend how strong your wifi signal is as well. basically you can use your wifi to make phone calls thru the phone.
     
  3. Ashmama

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    ocnbrze,
    Thank you very much for your reply ;)
     
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  4. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!

    no worries keep the questions coming if you have them.

    enjoy your "new" s8 plus:thumbsupdroid:
     
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  5. Ashmama

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    Actually I do have one more question- when I go into device care, I have the option of turning on the security, when I click on it it says its Anti-Malware by McAfee, should I turn this on? My first instinct would be yes but people used to say that cell phones can't get a virus. I don't know what to believe. So, should I activate it? Thank you for your help.
     
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  6. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!

    correct android devices can't get viruses. they can get malware such as adware. this is where you can get ads popping up on your device. malware usually gets installed when you install apps. when you purchase and install apps from the play store, make sure that you read all the different permissions that the app will have. if a wallpaper app, for instance, wants permission to get access to your contacts, you have to say to yourself.....why would a wallpaper app want to know your contacts......this seems fishy so i would not download this app.......checkout what permissions the app wants before you install it.

    so i think mcafee is a waste of time.........in over a decade of owning an android phone, i have never gotten a virus or have had malware on my phones. just be careful on what you install on your phone and you should be good to go.

    here read this:
    https://www.androidcentral.com/five-tips-avoiding-viruses-and-malware-your-android
     
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  7. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    I admit that having encountered McAfee software on Windows I'd probably not use it on Android even if I felt it was needed. And I always feel that a company that relies on paying manufacturers to pre-install their software doesn't believe that people will choose it on its own merits ;).
     
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