8 Ways to Keep Your Phone Safe and Secure

8 Ways to Keep Your Phone Safe and Secure

In this time and age when mobile phones are now necessities, it has now become more important than other things in your purse. If you lose your phone, it’s like losing more than money because it is packed with sensitive information and sometimes your passwords and even financial data. It is therefore imperative for every mobile phone user to carry out extra precautionary measures when it comes to keeping your phone safe and secure from hacks, snooping networks and more. With an average of 300 mobile phones stolen on a daily basis in London alone, the risk for your phone is greater. Make sure your phone is safe as can be by following these simple steps: Update Software One of the first things you need to do to secure your phone is to make sure that your software is always updated. Software updates are regularly carried out as a way to fix bugs and possible security issues. Whenever your operating system has updates, make sure you’re one of the first people to install yours. Set your phone to automatically check updates so never miss it. Use Secure Lock Screen Most people don’t bother with setting up a lock screen password because it may be inconvenient. Few people want to keep entering codes before they can access applications. Setting up a passcode or pass lock, however, increases your phone’s security to another notch. For Android phones, patterned pass locks are considered the most secure. For iOS, you can stick with the four character combo passcode. Either way, your job is to use this phone feature in order to add another...
Mobile Shopping on a Budget

Mobile Shopping on a Budget

Not everyone is fascinated by new mobile phones that are coming out in the markets for like every 6 months, maybe even less. But if you are someone who likes to own something new every so often, or if you simply want to say goodbye to your old, defective device, here are some few tips you can do this without putting a dent on your budget. Make Use of Your Old Phone If your phone is still fairly new, and you simply want to replace it because the newest release got your attention, perhaps you can still collect a nice sum of cash by selling the device you want to replace, which can cover some of the costs of the new handset. One way you can sell your old phone for a good amount is by selling it directly to a person instead of going through third parties. Furthermore, if your phone is in good condition, and you’ve got other accessories such as headsets, chargers, bumpers, and the box included, there’s a great chance of getting a good deal. Meanwhile, if your phone is pretty defective, and it’s not worth selling the device, you can recycle it for other purposes. For instance, rather than donating cash to your favourite charity, you can donate your phone instead. Rather than buying a car GPS, you can use your old phone instead. Though you’re not actually getting money from the sale, you can save money from buying other stuff. Secure a Downpayment If you’re getting an expensive phone through a mobile contract, you’ll most likely have higher monthly bills because of the...
Things That Should Never Be Done with Your Mobile Device

Things That Should Never Be Done with Your Mobile Device

Nowadays, most people are inseparable from their phones and other mobile devices. From social media to work-related stuff, almost everything can be done with your phone. Unfortunately, although your latest smartphone is equipped with all the power and hardware to multitask, there are certain activities that you shouldn’t do with it. Here they are. Text and Drive If you’re going to text or call while driving, might as well get drunk and wasted. Why? This is because using your phone while driving isn’t any less dangerous than drunk driving. Whenever on the road, you need to be alert all the time, and using your phone is a big no-no. Connecting Through Public Networks Nowadays, there seems to be a Wi-Fi or hotspot connections everywhere you go – parks, cafes, schools, malls, etc. While we all want freebies, connecting through these public networks is extremely dangerous. Because these are unsecured connections, you never know who’s on the other end, putting your sensitive information at risk. Mobile Banking If you’re amazed by online banking, you might be surprised that banking can be done on your mobile as well. These days, almost every merchant provides a mobile site and app where you can perform transactions that would otherwise be done only through your computer. However, despite the availability of these mobile banking apps, we suggest staying away from them for security reasons. Not Password-Protecting Your Phone Unfortunately, there are still some who take passwords/passcodes for granted. With how “smart” the phones are these days, you never know what kind of information is actually stored in your little device, and when accessed by...
Getting a Contract Phone with Bad Credit – Much Easier Than You Think

Getting a Contract Phone with Bad Credit – Much Easier Than You Think

Are you finding yourself having difficulty in getting a mobile phone contract because of the bad entries that you have on your record? Or were rejected by a network provider because of you having a bad record in your financial history or they let you deposit a huge amount of cash for the newest mobile phone? Nowadays, there are customers who have really bad credit history, but do not hesitate to fall in queue so they could get a mobile phone, and you could do the same! There are some things though that you should keep in mind. There are lots of websites who are collaborating with tons of suppliers so they could aid those people who are trying to correct their bad credit history to get a mobile contract. They are doing all their best to find as many solutions as they can so they could give each of these people the mobile contract they need. Another, it is a must for you to be aware of the reasons why some of these mobile contract companies do not just right away give contracts to anybody, particularly those people with bad credit history. The reason for this is that the newest phone that has been placed in the market such as the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S5 are being financially supported. These clients can get one if they sign up for a 12- or 24-month contract. This way, they can have the phone of their choice at a cost that is not bulky. The clients will then have to pay for it every month. Then the biggest concern comes...
Advantages of Buying an Unlocked Phone

Advantages of Buying an Unlocked Phone

Most people are fascinated by contract phones given on a subsidised pricing. While these offers are so hard to resist, there are certain cons involved, and one of them is the fact that you are locked to the network for the whole duration of your contract term. On the other hand, when you purchase a mobile outright, you’re most likely getting an unlocked phone, which is compatible with any SIM from any network. Unfortunately, unlocking a phone while a contract is still in force is illegal, and should be done only once you have finished with your contract, or you should buy an unlocked phone instead. These are the advantages of owning an unlocked phone over a contract phone. Cross-Network Compatibility Obviously, with an unlocked phone, you have the freedom to switch networks anytime you want. For instance, if you found that the coverage is poor, or if you simply found a better deal elsewhere, you can change your SIM without having to ask for your provider’s permission. Save Money on Roaming Fees Roaming charges are one of the factors that can make your bill soar. If you travel frequently, it might make most sense to stick with an unlocked mobile that you can use whenever you travel. Wherever you are, you can simply purchase a local SIM from that country and pay local charges instead of the ridiculous rates your provider applies to your bill. Higher Resale Value Once you outgrow your love for your phone and decide to sell it, you may find it easier to sell a phone that is unlocked compared to one that is...
Online Shopping Without Breaking the Bank

Online Shopping Without Breaking the Bank

Online shopping is all the rage today. It all has the elements of fun, convenience, and savings all at the same time. Nowadays, you can buy almost anything online, from clothes to gadgets, even food. While online shopping has its pros, it definitely has its cons as well, one of them being costly. Here are some tips to enjoy shopping at the comfort of your own home and computer, without breaking the bank.  Set a Budget Just like normal, physical shopping, you definitely need to prepare a budget for each stuff that you want to buy. In order to know this, you need to have a rough estimate of how much the item costs, putting the brands and quality in consideration. Though credit cards are mostly used for online shopping, make sure not to get carried away and stick to your budget. Shop only when you’re absolute that you have the cash to afford the payment. If you’re having trouble sticking to your set budget, consider using a debit card instead. Shop Around Before hitting the “checkout” button, make sure that you are happy with your purchase, and that you have thoroughly looked around for other alternatives. It always pays to canvass for the cheapest deals before finalising your decision. There are also some surprises for not checking out immediately. For instance, if you have unpaid orders left in your cart, the seller may contact you and encourage you to proceed with your order, sometimes by offering discounts. It doesn’t always happen though, but there’s no harm with trying. Consider Bulk Shopping Many sellers provide discounts for orders above...