September 25, 2019

Smartphone Security Tips - Keep Your Tracfone Safe!

Smartphone Security Guide and the Best Anti-Virus Apps

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tracfone smartphone securityDo you need an anti-virus app? How can you keep your phone secure with all the possible threats out there? These are good questions and we will be answering them and more in this smartphone security guide.

Most people have heard about computer viruses and malware but many don't know that smartphones can also fall victim. Fortunately there area handful of basic security tips that can make a big difference in securing your phone.

These tips are mostly for Android users, but they also apply to Apple devices which can be susceptible.

Fun fact, smartphones can't actually get infected with a virus, which is a specific type of self-replicating  malicious software. However, there are many other types of malware which can infect a phone in different ways.

Looking for a new phone? See the latest Tracfone smartphones in one list.

Smartphone security is becoming more and more important as we use our phones for a wider range of things, going beyond just calling and texting, to shopping, banking and more. Keeping your phone and information secure can typically be accomplished by following this simple list of basic security tips.

5 Basic Smartphone Security Tips

These are five basic tips to help keep you and your phone more secure.

1. Secure Your Phone with a Lock Code
If your phone is not secured with a lock code or fingerprint lock, someone could either accidentally or purposefully access your phone and install malicious apps and software. Set a code or other lock, and you won't have to worry about that.

2. Keep Your Phone Updated with the Latest OS and App Updates.
While it can be a hassle when your phone or other apps seem to update all the time, these updates often fix security holes and bugs. Check for system updates on an Android phone by going to Settings, then About Phone (or on some phones, Security and Location) and scroll down for Software Updates and tap it to check for new updates. Here's a more detailed walk through for checking for updates.

3. Don't Download Apps Unless they look Trustworthy
There have been a number of apps that were actually operating in nefarious ways and even installing malicious software on user's devices who downloaded these apps. The first step in avoiding this is by always using the Google Play store for downloading apps.
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What to look for when checking if an app is safe

Next, use these steps to check if an app looks trustworthy:
  • Who is the Developer? Check the developer's name, which is below the app's name, and do a quick search on Google to determine what else they have been involved with. 
  • How Many Downloads does the App Have? If an app has a large number of downloads it is probably good to go.
  • What about Reviews? Check the number of reviews and if it is a large number (and relatively positive) the app should be safe.
  • When was it Published? If you are downloading a well known app like Instagram but it says it was just published recently, you might be downloading a fake.
Following these steps should help reduce the chance of downloading a malicious app. Games are typically the most common app used to hide malware, so pay special attention to these.

4. Don't Enter Personal Information over Unsecured or Public WiFi
Avoid entering any personal information like credit card numbers or your social security number while using any public unsecured WiFi. It can be possible for someone to track your keystrokes or get other information.

5. Keep Bluetooth Turned Off When Not in Use
Bluetooth is a common way to connect your phone with speakers, headphones and more but it can also be used to access vulnerabilities on your phone. The best defense is to keep it off when not in use and especially in busy, public areas.

Following this list of tips will go a long way in helping to secure your phone. But what about using a security app for additional protection? Let's take a look.

Do You Need an Anti-Virus App?

The short answer is not really.

For many smartphone users, an Anti-virus app is not necessary and following the above tips should be enough to keep your phone safe. But if you tend to download a lot of different apps or want that extra security, there are a number good security apps, some paid and some free, that can give you peace of mind.

Here are some of the best we've found:

  • Avast Antivirus - Free version available with ads. Does a good job scanning and comes with a number of features. Link to Avast on Google Play
  • Bitdefender - Paid app ($15) with excellent scanning and offers VPN and other features. Link to Bitdefender on Google Play.

One thing to note with anti-virus apps, if you're using an older phone the apps may slow it down noticeably during scans.

That concludes our guide to keeping your smartpthone safe. Leave a comment below with any thoughts or questions.

See a list of the best apps for Android that we've put together.

If you're new to Tracfone, start with our beginners guide which walks through all the basics from airtime to which phones to buy.

Finally, don't miss all the lowest prices on Tracfone devices in our Deals, Discounts and Sales post!

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September 16, 2019

Tracfone Beginners Guide - New to Tracfone? Start Here!

Learn How to Get Started with Tracfone Prepaid Service

Updated 9/1019

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How Tracfone Works - The Beginners Guide
If you're new to Tracfone, or trying to learn more about how it works, this is the place to begin!

Learn the basics of what Tracfone offers, the  phones and airtime available, and how to get your phone up and running!

Also get a general overview of the different kinds of prepaid minutes from add-on to unlimited, we've got all the details to get you started with Tracfone here.

Let's get to it!

What is Tracfone?

Tracfone Wireless is a prepaid cell phone company that provides both airtime and phones to use with their service. They do not have any contracts and all airtime has unlimited carry over for talk, text and data.

If you would like more general information on Tracfone, go check out our page, About Tracfone (and then come back).

What Does Tracfone Offer and How Do Minutes Work?

Tracfone offers prepaid cell phone service in the form of airtime cards, with values ranging from 30 minutes to 1500 minutes. Some options are only available online at the Tracfone website, but many prepaid minute cards, like the 60, 120, 200, 450 and 400/1 year cards are available from many different retailers, both in stores and online. (You can find cards at stores like Walmart, Target, Dollar General, Amazon, and eBay)

Tracfone now offers four different types of cards:
  • Regular airtime cards - Can be used with regular phones or smartphones, comes with varying amounts of airtime and service days
  • Smartphone only airtime cards - Can only be used with smartphones, comes with a certain amount of talk, text, data and service days
  • Unlimited smartphone cards - Only for smartphones, comes with unlimited talk and text, a certain mount of data (1-3 GB) and 30 service days
  • Add-on cards - Only for smartphones, comes with either talk, text or data in a specific amount and no service days.

The Smartphone airtime cards can be used with any smartphones, and offer specific amounts of talk, text and data (plus service days) on each card. Most smartphone cards come with 60 service days.

Unless otherwise marked, the Regular airtime cards come with 90 days of service. So, for example, if you buy a 60 minute card (which usually costs $20), you get 60 minutes for calling and texting, and also 90 days of service time. The regular airtime cards come with either 60, 120, 200 or 450 minutes. When you add a regular airtime card to a smartphone, the airtime is automatically split into talk, text and data. With the 60 minute card, that would be 60 talk, 60 texts and 60 MB Data.

If you use all the 60 minutes, you can't make any more calls or texts. And if you go beyond the 90 days without renewing, you also can't make any more calls or texts. So you don't want either to run out!

The nice thing is that minutes and service days roll over. So if you already have 100 minutes, and 10 service days, when you add a 60 minute card, you will end up with 160 minutes and 100 service days!

So its good to keep track of your minutes/service days because you don't want to run out.

Many Tracfone devices come with either Double Minutes for Life or Triple Minutes for Life. These are great bonuses that make it so every minute you add to your phone will be either doubled, or tripled. Look carefully at the descriptions for Tracfone devices to see which they include. Most newer Tracfone's come with Triple Minutes for Life, including many of the Android phones (except those using Android 6.0 or newer, and released after April 2017).

Tracfone has recently Changed their Triple Minutes for Life policy, and new phones released after April 2017 will not include that feature. Follow the link to learn more about these changes.

Tracfone service can be very low cost, as little as $10 a month (even less for some!). And there are prepaid plans that automatically add airtime and service days so you don't have to worry about it.

Tracfone also provides its own branded phones to use with its service. These include both smartphones and regular phones. They have a number of options, ranging from $10 flip phones, to $100 Android powered smartphones and even several different Apple iPhones. We will cover more details on the phones offered by Tracfone a little further below.

Airtime is deducted for sending or receiving calls, for sending or receiving texts, and also for using the web (when not connected to WiFi).

On Android smartphones, airtime is split into three pools, one for calling, texting and data. Learn more about how minutes work by reading our Guide to How Minutes Work with Tracfone Smartphones.

Now, let's move on to activating your Tracfone.

How to Setup Your First Tracfone

Setting up a new Tracfone devices is very easy, and can usually be done in a few minutes, with it taking a few hours to fully activate.

Each Tracfone device should come with a small red card that includes instructions, and the phones serial number which you will need to register the phone.

You can activate your phone by following the directions, and either calling Tracfone or going online to their website. You can choose to either activate your phone with a new number, or transfer your number from your old phone.

The process for activating phones with Tracfone is usually very easy, and doesn't take much time. But occasionally, and especially with BYOP phones or some smartphones, you might run into problems that cause it to take longer. The key is to be persistent and patient.

Once your phone is activated, you will be able to manage your minutes on the home screen (except for the smartphones, where you can use the Tracfone My Account App). You can also check your minutes by signing in to the Tracfone website and going to your account page. Learn 4 Ways to Check your Tracfone Airtime for some additional methods!

Visit our Guide to Activating Smartphones and BYOP devices for more information on these newer phones.

Now that your phone is all set, you can add minutes to it, and start enjoying the freedom and flexibility of a no-contract phone.

Cell Phones Available with Tracfone

As we mentioned above, Tracfone sells their own branded devices for use on their cell phone network. They get these phones through partnerships with many major cell phone makers like LG, Samsung, Apple and others.

Tracfone cell phones generally cannot be used on other networks or unlocked (you can check if your Tracfone can be Unlocked in our recent guide), but you can bring a variety of smartphones to use with the Tracfone 'Bring Your Own Phone' program (BYOP).

There are three general categories of Tracfone devices that we will explain:
  • Feature Phones (non-smartphone)
  • Tracfone Smartphones (Android and iPhone)
  • BYOP Phones (Unlocked smartphones)
The Non-Android or Feature Phones are the cheapest, and usually include flip phones, some touchscreens, and other 'basic' phones which do calling and texting well, but might not have internet capabilities. These phones may have double or triple minutes included, and often have long battery life.

These phones have been around for a while, and are generally durable and get the job done. Some examples include the LG 530G and LG 306G.

Feature phones are best used as a backup phone, or for people who just want to call/text.

See these and many more phones on our Cell Phone Reviews page.

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Tracfone J7 Crown
Android Smartphones and Apple iPhones - Tracfone sells a variety of Android powered smartphones ranging form $20 to several hundred dollars for newer, better phones. Android devices have access to over a million apps and can be used for many things. See what phones are new with our List of the Latest Tracfone Smartphones. 

Tracfone also recently added several Apple iPhones including the iPhone 5S, 6, 7 and iPhone SE. These devices use Apple iOS and have access to the Apple App Store.

Smartphones are great for daily use and Tracfone offers Smartphone-only airtime cards that are a great deal for most users (smartphones can also use the regular airtime cards).

Remember that airtime is split up into talk, text and data with all smartphones.

See some of the latest smartphones on our Cell Phone Reviews page. Also learn How to Add Texts to your Smartphone and How Data Works on Tracfone Smartphones for more in depth information.
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Unlocked Moto G7

'Bring Your Own Phone' or BYOP, is a program Tracfone offers that allows users to bring their own device to use with Tracfone service. In general, an unlocked phone is required, but some locked devices will also work. There are a wide variety of unlocked smartphones available that offer great performance at a reasonable cost. The Moto G6 and Moto G7 are popular options currently.

To activate a phone with the BYOP program you just need your device and a BYOP SIM kit. Learn more about what phones will work and the activation process on our BYOP page.

The BYOP program is great for users who want to get the most out of their phone or enjoy shopping for bargains on unlocked phones.

Tracfone Promo Codes

If you are new to Tracfone, you might not know about Tracfone Codes! Basically these are codes provided by Tracfone which will give you extra minutes for free whenever you add a new prepaid minutes card. There are certain codes that work for different Cards.

Visit our Tracfone Promo Codes page for all the codes, and more details.

Additional Tracfone Resources and Helpful Links

We want to share a few more additional resources for learning more about Tracfone, and getting the most from your device. So browse the following links and take advantage of the information.

For the latest deals and sales on Tracfone devices, head over to our Deals and Discounts category which features periodically updated blog posts that share the lowest prices on Tracfone devices and minutes.

If you have a new smartphone, two posts which are great resources are The Best Android Apps for Tracfone, and Tracfone Smartphone Cases and Covers.

Debating about buying a smartphone? Our list of 6 Major Differences Between Android Smartphones and Non-Android phones may help you with that decision!

Well we hope this information will help you out, and be sure to leave a comment if you have questions! Also share this along with a friend who could also use it!

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September 9, 2019

Tracfone Promo Codes for September 2019

Tracfone Promo Codes - September 2019

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Tracfone Promo Codes September 2019
Fall is on the way, school is back in session, and we've got new Tracfone promotional codes for regular and smartphone airtime cards!

We collect and share the newest codes each month here for our readers to use and get additional airtime for free. There are codes for both the regular airtime cards, and also the smartphone only cards and add-on cards.

To use these codes simply enter the code at checkout on the Tracfone website. There is nothing else you need to click or do, we share these codes here for everyone's benefit.

If you are looking for a new smartphone, take a look at our updated list of the Best Smartphones for Tracfone BYOP.

We have the latest codes below but also collect many more options on our main Tracfone Promo Code page.

Let's get to the codes!

Tracfone Promo Code List - September 2019

Regular Airtime Cards

60 Minute Card use code 12745 and get 60 bonus minutes (Working for some)

120 Minute Card enter 64325 for 30 extra minutes

200 Minute Card add code 31315 and receive 40 free minutes

450 Minute Card enter 86112 and get 50 bonus minutes

1 Year/400 Minute Card add 99918 for 300 extra free minutes

$15 off the 1 Year/400 Minute Card with code 70362 (online only)

Smartphone Only Airtime Cards

48573 - 100 bonus Talk - $15 Smartphone Only Card - Valid September 2019

19488 - 200 bonus Talk - $35 Smartphone Only Card - Valid September 2019

49413 - 1000 bonus Texts - 1000 Text Only Card - Valid September 2019

66975 - 500 bonus Data - 1 GB Data Only Card - Working September 2019

16311 - 1000 bonus Texts - 1000 Text Only Card - Working September 2019

38783 - 1000 bonus Texts - 1000 Text Only Card - Working September 2019

14223 - 500 bonus MB Data - 1 GB Data Card - Working September 2019

These are the latest promo codes from Tracfone. We hope these codes worked for you and leave a comment below with any thoughts or questions.

New to Tracfone? Start with our Beginners Guide which walks through the basics of how it all works and some resources for learning more about adding airtime, activating new phones or getting the best deals.

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Don't miss out on the best Tracfone Deals and Sales including unlocked phones for Tracfone BYOP.

And lastly, get 7 Tips to Make your Airtime Last Longer including data saving tips.

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