Each week, I receive tons of questions from my listeners about tech concerns, new products and all things digital. Sometimes choosing the most interesting questions to highlight is the most difficult part of my job.
This week, I received questions about replacing Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, finding the best mobile coverage, running PC updates and other great topics. Do you have a question you'd like to ask me? Click here to email me directly.
Signs your phone has malware
Q: I downloaded an app, and my phone has not worked right since. It’s slow. Do you think the app was malware?
A: Just like any app, malware will use your phone's resources when active. If your phone starts struggling to do the most basic tasks and lags or freezes even without any open apps, hidden malicious software may be churning along quietly, using your phone's memory and processor resources. Hidden malware activities like false ad clicks, data theft, spying and tracking software will also contribute to poor battery life and make your phone warm to the touch. These malware distributors are tricky folks. Click here for additional signs that your smartphone has been hacked.
Apps to buy lottery tickets
Q: There’s an app for everything. Is there a way to buy lottery tickets on your phone?
A: Depending on what state you live in, you can purchase lottery tickets with the state's official lottery app. There are Powerball, Mega Millions and dozens of scratch offs. But not all states have a state lottery and certain gambling apps aren't allowed in the Google Play Store. You'll need to download the apps from the official state lottery website. I have a list of the 13 states that offer lottery apps as well links to state lottery sites. Click here to access the lists and download available lottery apps. Good luck!