superdumb supervillain: AT&T Wish A Day Sweepstakes and Make-A-Wish Foundation

Sunday, December 02, 2012

AT&T Wish A Day Sweepstakes and Make-A-Wish Foundation

This holiday season, AT&T is working on making wishes come true. They have teamed up with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to sponsor a daily wish from November 23rd through December 20th for children with life-threatening medical conditions. Click here to see the wishes that AT&T has helped grant through today.

AT&T's Wish A Day Sweepstakes features a wireless “wish list” gift of the day, launching at midnight the day prior. As the holidays approach, the wireless gifts get bigger and better. Users have two ways to win the gift (two gifts will be awarded each day):
  • Provide email address to register with the chance to randomly win the gift
  • Answer the question, “What’s your greatest wish this season?” Registrants can share their comment to their social graph and users can vote on the one that is most deserving of the daily gift. The comment that receives the most votes by 11:59pm wins the daily gift.

If you have gadget-lovers on your holiday shopping lists, or you're looking for techy ideas to share with Santa, don't miss AT&T's Guide to Gifting.

As you shop online this season, check out these mobile security tips before you scan any barcodes or QR codes. This technology can be extremely useful for shoppers, especially during the holidays, but it can also create a gateway for malicious activity if you aren’t careful.  AT&T shares tips to stay safe while scanning:
  • Think before you scan. Be cautious about what you scan or download onto your mobile device. When scanning a mobile barcode, take the context of the code into consideration.
  • Keep security software up to date. Mobile security software can be the first wall of defense against malware. Make sure your phone is updated regularly to ensure your security software is the latest version available.
  • Double check the URL. Prior to scanning a code, check the URL of the website it leads to. Most scanning apps, including the AT&T Code Scanner, give you the option to review a URL prior to loading a page.
  • Protect personal information. If you scan a mobile barcodes and are asked to give out personal information, be selective in the information you share. Most QR codes are intended to lead the user to a website, video, or additional information and will not ask for personal information.
In accordance to the FTC Guidelines and the WOMMA Code of Ethics, I am disclosing that I am an AT&T customer but no compensation was provided for this post. All opinions are, as usual, entirely my own.

1 comment:

  1. That's good advice because most people don't think of their mobile devices as being insecure like they do their computers.


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