Universal cell phone vulnerability

are all cell phones to be replaced because of some sort of vulnerability

Hi @friendlymike, could you elaborate on what you mean with a universal cell phone vulnerability?

Cell phones are essentially computers, and like all operating systems and software, they have vulnerabilities that are discovered, potentially exploited, and then patched by the developers. It is a continual cycle that is not going to go away. It is more secure to have the latest version of an operating system, like android, than it is to have an old one that hasn’t been updated in years. That’s why I prefer to buy phones that still get updates and upgrade when they no longer get them.

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Hello Mike (@friendlymike)
lot of questions here

to transfer a file to the phone (Either internal or SD card storage) one need to either hook up to a computer via a USB cable or download over WiFi the file in question (one way is to load the files on to a web storage like Google Drive then use that app to download to the device over WiFi

Republic has no service in Mexico so if you are seeing cell service connection you are on US Towers

the Republic Refund plan was/is only good on the older Republic Custom ROM Legacy Phones (Moto X1, Moto X2, Moto G1, Moto G3, Moto E1, Moto E2) all new phones since 2016 have not had this option and must use the current My Choice option

there is the data freeze option within the Republic app that will stop user data from being used while still enabling the data Republic needs for service (which is not counted) there are 3rd party VPN data managers that can limit data at an app level but I don’t currently use one so I can not recommend one.

Most Public WiFi require one to agree to terms of service and or have a valid sign in (sometimes provided by the business providing the WiFi) as a basic rule public WiFi is not consider secured, also the providers may be blocking some time of content via a fire wall which may be why the doorbell video not getting though (though it’s possible there an issue with how it’s setup limiting it to just your WiFi network)

as for the last question about some hacking your phone while I can’t say it’s impossible it a bit unlikely by keeping the phone with a lock screen and staying on known good WiFi will reduce the likely hood of it happening the next thing is to make sure all updates that have been released have been installed (though with a budget phone not to many updates are there (the Moto E series is usually only keep update for 1 year)

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Thanks for your response, Jimi.
I never had a problem putting files on my old Republic G phone. This E phone is a different story. Just now I hooked a usb cable to my phone and nothing happens unlike with the G phone. Come to think of it I have used google drive to upload pictures to g drive but not download back to my phone. Sometimes I have proprietary files that I wouldn’t want to put on google drive because of the exposure. So, I might as well learn how to use the usb cable method. In the early days I seem to recall someone at Republic helped me put an app on my phone to facilitate the usb effort, but when I did a hard reset on the phone that was lost. What do I need to do to get the usb cable method to work? Maybe it will be evident as to whether the files are going onto the sd card or internal memory once I get the cable working. Then again how do I access the files once they are on the phone?
I looked at the republic app several times in the past and I never saw a “data freeze” option. Maybe I need to pay for some data to get to see the freeze option button??
In the last sentence of your comments you say, “(the Moto E series is usually only keep update for 1 year)”. I take that to mean that the E series usually makes only one update a year. Right? Will the phone do the update automatically, or do I have to give a permission?
Again, thank you for your help.
Mike

At 75 I don’t always get it. Perhaps I should have bought my phone at a downtown store where they would give me lots of help in person.

Hello @friendlymike,

For us file transfer after connecting the cable one needs to give permission to access the phone, to do this one pulls down the notification screen and there should be a usb notification that will let you select file transfers data connection,

When I say one year of updates on the Moto E series I mean the OEM[Motorola] only sends out updates for about 1 tear after the release of the phone [The Moto E4+ was released in June 2017 do they stop updating in June 2018]

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