Real Parents Award NQ Family Guardian the PTPA “Most Trusted” Seal

Parent Tested, Parent Approved WinnerWe already knew the truth about Family Guardian. But now, twenty thousand unbiased parents have awarded NQ Mobile’s Family Guardian their highest rating of excellence through PTPA Media Inc. (Parent Tested, Parent Approved).

When parents see our PTPA Winner’s seal on Family Guardian, they can rest assured they’ve found a high-quality product that’s been given an emphatic seal of approval by other parents. It’s PTPA’s mission to discover the finest parenting products by letting real consumers test and evaluate them in the privacy of their own homes. Independent parent volunteers choose the winners, based on merit and user experience.

Parent testers are not influenced by advertising or commercial interests,so the PTPA Winner’s seal means this is a product parents can really trust.

This is a proud win for NQ Mobile because, as our own Victoria Repice commented, “As mobile devices continue to increase in popularity and replace other connected devices, safety for families and individuals will continue to be a paramount concern. NQ Family Guardian allows parents to unobtrusively manage their kids’ mobile phone usage, while also ensuring a safe and fun experience.”

Sharon Vinderine, CEO and founder of PTPA Media Inc, had this to say about this coveted award: “At PTPA Media, we are proud to play a role in certifying innovative products that families can trust. When consumers search for our Seal of Approval on product packaging and web sites, they are essentially searching for validation from their peers.  Their peers will have objectively tested and approved these products based on their performance in a real life environment. That type of resource for families is priceless.

Look for the PTPA seal when you download NQ Family Guardian. It’s just another reminder that we at NQ Mobile care about you and your kids. Family Guardian’s available on the Google Play store along with NQ Mobile Security and NQ Mobile Vault for Android.

 Read our news release.

NQ Family Guardian Offered by U.S. Cellular as “Family Protector”

NQ Mobile’s Family Guardian, by any other name, is still the final word in mobile protection for kids and families. But here’s some news:  U.S. Cellular will now offer its 5.9 million customers our Family Guardian suite as “U.S. Cellular Family Protector,”powered by NQ Mobile.  Same product, same superior protection for kids and families.

U.S. Cellular’s adoption of the Family Guardian suite reflects their strong interest in protecting mobile families. Naming the product U.S. Cellular Family Protector powered by NQ Mobile, allows U.S. Cellular to cater to their own large customer base without adding unfamiliar or confusing branding.  It’s a brilliant move, and an indispensable collaboration between the two companies. NQ Mobile’s Co-CEO, Omar Khan, remarks that this partnering to protect customer’s vital mobile information is “more important now than ever.”

Here’s a quick refresher. U.S. Cellular Family Protector powered by NQ Mobile (NQ Family Guardian), is a powerful way to link the mobile family together for safety and for managing your kids’ mobile lives. Here’s what it offers:

  •  Web Filter: Safeguards your children by filtering and blocking inappropriate websites
  •  App Filter: Helps you make smart choices about which apps children can access
  •  Contact Filter:  Helps kids fight spam text and harassing calls by adding numbers to their block lists
  •  Schedules: Helps to control children’s mobile phone use by setting up times when they can unlock their phones to make calls, browse the Internet, text, and more
  •  Monitors: Parents can keep track of children’s locations, message content, calls, browsing histories, app downloads, and photos
  •  Geo-Fences: Lets parents set up a virtual safe zone for children, and receive a notification if they go beyond the boundaries.
  •  Check-in:  Lets kids check in when they arrive safely at their destinations. Also tracks their location if they forget to check in
  •  Panic Alarm: If kids are in trouble, they can send an alert message to their parent’s phone with their exact location

U.S. Cellular is a Chicago-based carrier with a strong line-up of cutting-edge devices. Its high-speed nationwide network has the highest call quality of any national carrier. To learn more, go to  See our complete news release here.

Tips for Protecting Your Mobile Privacy

At NQ Mobile, we like to occasionally refresh our readers’ collective memory about safe smartphone practices. Follow these tips to diminish the chances of a privacy breach, malware invasion or ID theft.

  • Passwords:  Passwords should be based on something obscure, like the initials of a favorite quote or personal mantra. Incorporate at least one special character, at least one number, and don’t use the name of your pets, kids, street name, company name or any other easy-to-guess word associated with you. Make sure to change your password frequently.
  • Security Updates:  Download security updates when you’re prompted. Keep your phone current.
  • Lock your Phone:  Keep the phone on a short leash with an auto-lock that will kick in after just a few minutes. If you leave your table to get a coffee, it won’t be vulnerable to prying eyes.
  • Social Networking:  Don’t overshare – be careful not to post addresses, phone numbers or information about vacations, family or other tips for potential identity thieves, stalkers or bullies. Checking-in may be fun for your friends, but it also tells stalkers and other predators where you are. Forego it, if you can.
  • System Maintenance:  Keep your phone clean by deleting any data that doesn’t need to be there.
  • No Phishing: If you receive an urgent message from a bank or financial institution, do not click on it or provide any of the requested information. These flash messages often want you to think your account’s in jeopardy and that you need to re-enter your private data.  It isn’t, you don’t – and you shouldn’t.
  • Permissions:  Learn to read permission agreements, end-user license agreements and terms of service agreements to make sure you’re not giving away private data when downloading new apps. And while you’re at it, teach your kids what to look for.
  • Secure Wi-Fi: Public Wi-Fi hotspots are often an easy target for cyber-criminals. Make sure you’re working within a secured network. Hotels, coffee shops and malls are often the worst places to go online. Merchants don’t always provide super-tight WiFi security because they don’t want to require passwords, and they want to accommodate every kind of device. Besides, a good cyber-criminal knows how to break most Wi-Fi systems.
  • Security Software: Always use a strong mobile security product to keep out the viruses, malware and fraudulent demons that tend to slip into your phone’s system when you do a lot of web surfing.
  • Wipe It Clean: When you dispose of a phone, be sure it’s wiped clean of all data.

You wouldn’t invite strangers to comb through and memorize the information in your wallet. Your best bet is to regard your smartphone as a receptacle of your personal and private life, and treat it accordingly.

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HTC and NQ Mobile – Partnering for Security


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