Stop Madware In Its Track with the Free Norton Spot App

I’ve had an Android phone for more than two years now and my girls, who are 7 and 10, LOVE to download apps to it, primarily games. Although they are fairly savvy when it comes to technology, thanks to having a blogger for a mom and a tech entrepreneur for a dad, you never know when a seemingly harmless game download can become madware. They’re into downloading games that look fun and engaging, not worried about what potential threat may lie behind it for mom’s phone!

I’ve got enough on my plate as a busy working mom so anything that makes my life easier is wonderful. Norton created a free Android App called Norton Spot to identify potentially threatening madware before it becomes a full-fledged problem. Available in the Google Play app store, Norton Spot took just seconds to download to my phone and immediately identified apps that display ads, collect location coordianates, and mobile network info. I was surprised that not all these apps were ones my kids had downloaded. In fact, several were free apps that I’d chosen and downloaded, such as Words With Friends and The Weather Channel!

 Screen Shot Norton Madware App Stop Madware In Its Track with the Free Norton Spot App

Madware can link itself to popular apps such as Angry Birds (and who doesn’t have Angry Birds on their phone?) and Flashlight and gains access to your personal information, location, settings, and frequently delivers advertising inappropriately. These are not only annoying but slow your phone down.

Here’s an interesting infographic from Norton illustrating some eye-opening (and alarming) statistics about madware. In the past nine months, apps that include madware grew by 210%. 210%!! That’s a pretty incredible statistic! Norton Spot evaluates the madware risks of all your apps and tells you which ones can harm your phone. You then decide whether or not to delete them or not. And remember, madware only affects Android phones.

Norton Spot Madware Infographic Stop Madware In Its Track with the Free Norton Spot App

 

Have you ever been the victim of madware on your Android phone?

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Norton. I received a promotional item as a thank-you for participating.

 

Last Minute Shopping? Check Out 1-800 Flowers

Looking for a last-minute holiday gift? You and me both!

You can still have gifts delivered just in time for Christmas Day from 1-800 Flowers! I love giving and receiving flowers for special occasions. It’s so much fun to get a special delivery to your home, especially during the holidays.

1-800 Flowers sent us their Traditional Christmas Centerpiece to review. It’s absolutely gorgeous and would add a festive holiday touch to the family dinner table this Christmas!

Traditional Christmas Centerpiece Last Minute Shopping? Check Out 1 800 Flowers

This beautiful table arrangement features white lilies, red roses, and red and white carnations, along with accents of pinecones and fragrant evergreens like holly, pine and cedar so not only does it look beautiful, but it smells amazing!

Have you ordered from 1-800 Flowers before? They work with florists nationwide so it’s the perfect place for those out of town gifts on  your list!

Blonde Mom Shops features product reviews, great giveaways, and fabulous finds. Be sure to visit and subscribe to my main mom blog, BlondeMomBlog.com, for more great content from this 43-year-old Southern soccer mom and like my Facebook page!

 

1-800 Flowers FLASH Giveaway – Just in Time for the Holidays!

This giveaway is closed. Leslie S. is the winner. Congrats Leslie! Thanks to everyone who entered the Merry Christmas!

Christmas is nigh! It’s hard to believe that Christmas is less than a week away.

I’ve teamed up with 1-800 Flowers for a wonderful flash giveaway. One lucky Blonde Mom Shops reader will win a gorgeous Fields of Europe floral arrangement just like this one pictured below!

Christmas Floral Arrangement 1 800 Flowers FLASH Giveaway   Just in Time for the Holidays!

Because 1-800 Flowers would love to get this prize out to a lucky winner before the big day, I’m taking entries until tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. CST.

Blonde Mom Shops readers I’d LOVE for one of you to win this gorgeous holiday flower arrangement to keep for yourself or have delivered to a loved one, friend, or neighbor. Simply visit 1-800 Flowers online and take a look at all the Christmas flower arrangements available then come back to this post and leave a comment letting me know your favorite arrangement.

For up to seven additional entries (please leave a new and separate comment on this post for each of these you do):

I’ll select a winner from all eligible comments using Random.org; giveaway closes at 9 a.m. CST Friday, December 21. Giveaway is open to all U.S. residents ages 18 and up.

Blonde Mom Shops features product reviews, great giveaways, and fabulous finds. Be sure to visit and subscribe to my main mom blog, BlondeMomBlog.com, for more great content from this 43-year-old Southern soccer mom and like my Facebook page!

Disclosure: 1-800 Flowers sent me a holiday table arrangement in exchange for this post; stay tuned for the review tomorrow!