How to improve security on your Android device
Lock your apps
AppLock is a free app that allows you to lock your SMS, Contacts, Gmail, Facebook, Gallery, Market, Settings, Calls and any app of your choice, allowing you to protect your privacy and control access to your phone.
Create multiple user accounts
If you own an Android tablet and are sharing with your partner, children or even colleagues in the office, you can create multiple user accounts to help you protect your privacy. In Jelly Bean for tablet, you can head to Settings > Users and set up your accounts, you can also create another general account for anyone that may borrow your device.
Add owner info
Adding owner info can improve your chances of having your device returned to you if you accidentally leave it in a public place. Head to Settings > Security > Owner info. A small box will appear for you to type in your contact information such as your full name and address, which will then appear on your lock screen, making it easier for someone to return your device.
Protect your data
Firstly we recommend preparing a backup of your data, click here for our guide on backing up your Android device. We also recommend you enable remote wipe, which will give you the ability to remotely wipe your device if it’s lost or stolen.
Apple iPhone X/8/8+ fast charger – worth the investment?
The Apple iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are the first devices to support quick charging – offering up to 50% of juice in just 30 minutes. Despite the new devices being capable of quick charging, the feature will not work with the included standard Lightning cable and iPhone charger. To take advantage, you’ll need to purchase additional accessories that are compatible with USB Type-C charging, setting you back £74 (£25 for the adaptor cable and from £49 for the USB-C charger). A catch Apple has been criticised heavily for. Is it worth it?
Tests by 9to5mac
Despite the significant amount, tests by 9to5mac do support Apple’s claims of up to 50% charge in 30 minutes – in fact results exceed Apple’s claims by 6%. Saving you time and stress when in a hurry. Clearly the difference between the Apple (5W) charger, included with your new iPhone X, 8 or 8 Plus is offering no where near as much power as the available 29W fast charger. Third party options include the Anker (ships from the U.S.) and Aukey (available in the UK), offering a slightly lower price tag, although they will not include support from Apple if you have an issue. When purchasing any third-party accessory, always look for the MFi logo on their packaging to avoid counterfeit or uncertified products that could damage your device.
Beyond fast charging, Apple has now released the iOS 11.2 update which has enabled faster wireless charging when paired with the Belkin Boost Up Wireless Charging Pad or Mophie Wireless Charging Base, both £54.95 each. Although the accessories are expensive, your iPhone is a tool you use on a daily basis and there’s no doubt these accessories will make your life easier. For more information on the Apple accessories, please do not hesitate to contact your account manager on 01252 854352 or email email@example.com, we are always more than happy to help!