In today’s increasingly connected world, computers play a vital part in all of our lives. However, computers aren’t always as safe as you might think. Whilst rates of cybercrime have been falling in the last twelve months, there’s still a shockingly large amount of computer-oriented crime in the UK. What is cybercrime? How bad is the problem? Can you protect yourself? We’ve got everything you need to know.
Thinking about using your mobile to make payments at shops, online or bricks and mortar? Then you might be wondering just how safe and secure those payments will be. With online identity theft and well-publicised hacking of financial firms, payment security should be high on your list of priorities. That's why we're taking a look at NFC payments and security so you can decide whether this payment method is appropriate for you or not.
For a long time, storage was one of the most expensive parts of a new mobile phone. Sure, buying a small 4GB or 8 GB device was pretty cheap. More than that though, and you'd be paying a fair chunk of change. However, times are changing, and with more people using cloud storage, and even internal storage becoming cheaper, plus the advent of SD cards, mobile storage isn't quite the problem that it used to be. However, with the new Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system, there's a new storage choice on the market: adoptable storage. What is it? How does it work? Do you want to use it? That's what we're here to find out!
Let's be honest here, the vast majority of us probably use our phones far more for texting, messaging, and web surfing than we do for actually making phone calls. But phone calls aren't entirely out of fashion. The nice thing about a smartphone though, is that you generally know exactly who's calling you. Unless, of course, you don't have that number stored in your contacts list. Today, we're taking a quick look at how you can reverse look up a phone number, and it's dead easy, so don't panic.
Social media can be a great thing. You can keep up with friends and family, even with celebrities and trendsetters. But there are downsides to social media. Privacy is a large concern for all of us online these days, and social media should be no different. That's why we're taking a look at social media stalking, and how to stop it.
If you're an iPhone user, then Apple's iCloud Photo Stream is an awesome way to share and collaborate on photo albums with friends. Letting everyone in the group view pics, chat, add photos, and tons of other features, iCloud Photo Stream is simple to use and fun too. The problem comes when you have friends that aren't iPhone users… Today we're taking a look at how iCloud Photo sharing can work cross-platform, so if you love sharing your pics, then read on!
Who makes phone calls anymore? Thanks to the convenience of text messaging, making calls is only the fifth most popular activity on smart phones these days. Whether that's because you hate talking on the phone, or simply that it's easier to shoot someone an SMS, the fact is that most of us have tons of text messages stored on our phones. But what do you do with all those messages if you want to switch phones? Never fear, we're here to let you know how you can back up your SMSs so you'll never have to lose them again. So let's get started.
Let's face it, mobile phone bills can get expensive, particularly if you're not always careful about who you're calling, how often, and when. If you're on a budget then a Pay as You Go phone plan allows you to control your phone spending more carefully, but PAYG prices do tend to be more expensive than contract prices, so you won't necessarily be saving in the long run. Fortunately, with some operators there is a mid ground option, what we call a capped contract. We're here with everything you need to know about capped contracts so you can avoid scary phone bills!
Security is always a big concern with personal data, and with the amount of data, we're keeping on our smartphones this concern is growing. Of course, you don't want someone logging into your Facebook and posting embarrassing messages, or reading your personal emails. But there's more to it than that. Many of us have mobile banking or accounts such as Amazon that contain our credit card information and can allow people to spend our cash. And there's even the threat of identity fraud. Whilst many of us won't be at huge risk, it's always better to be safe than sorry. Fortunately, many major banking services, apps, and even email software are introducing two-factor authentication in an effort to keep your data even safer. So what is this, do you need it, how do you use it? That's what we're here to find out.