News Analysis: The NTSB says people shouldn't drive while talking on a cell phone. That's true. But that's not all people shouldn't do with cell phones.
National Transportation Safety Board is making headlines, saying that it wants
a nationwide ban on drivers using a cell phone while a vehicle is in motion.
The organization says it's a major cause of vehicular death and could be one of
the key ways in which people can improve their safety while traveling.
are several states across the United States that have bans on talking on a cell
phone while driving, including New York. Those states have claimed that by
implementing the policy, they've been able to increase road safety. Critics,
however, say that it's not nearly as bad as some think and enforcing the law,
no matter how useful it might be at improving safety, is nearly impossible.
fact is, driving while talking on a mobile phone is dangerous. But it's not the
only thing that people should never do with mobile devices. In fact, there is a
wide range of activities that mobile device owners engage in each day that can cause
them bodily harm or
greatly impact their privacy and security
on to find out the top things that people should never do with their mobile
1. Drive while talking
just get this out of the way: Driving and talking on a cell phone is dangerous.
As numerous studies have shown, talking
while driving can be as dangerous as driving drunk
. Quite often, people who
talk on the phone while driving will find that they sometimes forget where they
are and what they're doing. It's a serious issue, and it shouldn't be taken
2. Losing a smartphone without password
often, smartphone owners leave their devices in a public place without
password-protecting them. So anyone can walk over to the handset, access its
software, and start looking through emails, browsing history and more. All
smartphones must be password-protected.
3. Access banking information
most banks now allow users to access their accounts from a smartphone via
downloadable applications, it's not always the best idea. Earlier this year, a
survey showed that, in many cases, banking applications lack security features
needed to make using them safe. It's best to access banking sites at home.
4. Download applications from unknown
handset owners have gotten into trouble
for downloading programs created by
unreliable sources. Upon doing so, the applications installed malware on their
devices, and all kinds of trouble ensued. Never download applications from
unknown sources. Those who do typically find it's more trouble than it's worth.
5. Share personal information over
smartphones aren't running Windows, many people believe that the operating
systems on their devices are secure. But that's not the case. What's worse,
because they can connect to any WiFi network, there's no telling if data
transmitted over that connection is secure. Therefore, it's best to never share
personal information over unsecured networks; it's too easy for that data to be
stolen and used against users.