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'Secret' iPhone Features Can Make You a More Productive Lawyer

By Cristina Yu, Esq. | Last updated on

Ah, the iPhone. It has more power than the computers that took us into interstellar space. Yet, it does not come with a manual. Does its stylish body hide secrets, pehaps even ones that can make you a more productive lawyer?

But, of course! Read on as we pull back the veil on the mysterious rectangle we are all addicted to.

People don't need an iPhone to text you

Text is so much more efficient than phone calls, but there are actually who don't have iPhones. Soon they will be assimilated into the collective, but for now you can have them email their text messages to you at:

<your phone number>@<your cell phone carrier's text address>

To find your cell phone carrier's text address, you can do an easy Internet search or check out 20 Something Finance's list of addresses.

Reminders by location

Do you want to remember to do something when you get to a certain place? Using the iPhone's location services and the Reminders app, you can do it. We are truly living in the future. Here's what you do:

  1. Open the Reminders app on your iPhone
  2. Click the "+" sign to create a New List, then hit "Done"
  3. Click anywhere and create a list item
  4. Click the "i" with a circle around it to open the item's information box
  5. Turn on "Remind me at location"
  6. Enter the location

2-Factor Authentication

You know what really makes you productive? Not having to deal with the aftermath of getting your accounts hacked. Two-factor authentication helps by requiring you (or a bad guy) to do two things to enter your account. You put in a password, then you do something else, like enter the code that was just sent to your iPhone. This way, even if your password is guessed (you do have good passwords, right?), a bad guy would also need your phone to hack you.

Two-factor (also called two-step) authentication is available for Dropbox, Yahoo, PayPal, Gmail, Facebook and elsewhere. Click over to CNET to learn how to enable two-factor authentication on popular sites.

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