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7 Ways to Secure Your iPhone While Travelling

Your iPhone is a prized possession. Not only did it likely cost you a lot of money, but it also contains private information and all your travel photos that you want to keep safe. So, you’ll want to keep your phone and, more importantly, everything it contains secure while you travel.

Here are our top 7 tips for securing your iPhone while you travel.

Password protection

If your iPhone isn’t already password protected, then make sure to set this up before you travel. Whether it’s a pin, a password, a fingerprint, or facial recognition, make sure a thief can’t get into your phone easily. If your phone is unfortunately stolen or lost while you’re away, then this will help to keep your data safe.

Choosing a secure password on your phone makes all the difference.

Avoid open WiFi networks

When you connect to a public WiFi network, there’s always a risk that someone else accessing the network could hack into your connected device. When the network is open – i.e. it doesn’t require a password – this risk is even greater. On an open WiFi, all your passwords, bank details, and other private data could be at risk. When looking for WiFi while you travel, try to stick to private networks and password protected ones. Even better, you could travel with your own portable Wi-Fi hotspot to stay on your own private network.

Use a VPN

Another way to protect your smartphone data when connected to public WiFi is with a VPN. These can be used to hide or protect your data while you browse. They can also hide or alter your IP address to make your location unknown. Here’s a roundup of the best VPN apps to secure your iPhone.

Watch what you do on public WiFi

If you do connect to a public WiFi without any additional lines of defence, then be wary about your activity. Regular browsing can be fine, but try to avoid accessing sensitive data, like checking your bank account or making a payment.

Public WiFi networks are an easy entry point for hackers.

Switch off your Bluetooth

It can be easy to forget about, but leaving your Bluetooth switched on could provide hackers a direct path into your iPhone. If someone knows what they’re doing, then they could use your Bluetooth signal to access your phone and its data without you even realising it. Don’t take the risk, and make sure you keep it switched off.

Be vigilant

Another risk for your phone while travelling is pickpocketing. Criminals tend to target the big tourist hotspots, where it’s so busy you wouldn’t think twice of someone “accidentally” bumping into you. Next thing you know, your phone or purse is missing. Always be vigilant while travelling, especially in these kinds of areas. Don’t leave your phone hanging out of your back pocket or lying on the bar while you order a drink. Be sensible and overly cautious.

Install OS updates

Operating system updates might seem like an annoyance whenever they pop up, but they could be crucial to your device’s security. Outdated software is much more vulnerable to hacking. A new version of iOS typically arrives once a year, so make sure you’re up to date to help keep hackers and malware at bay.

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What Is the Difference Between 3G, 4G & 5G Networks?

It doesn’t feel like long ago that we all relied on 3G internet on our smartphones. Now, if we’re “only” connected to 3G, it feels unbearably slow. We’ve all become accustomed to the fast speeds of 4G, but now 5G is just around the corner.

What does 5G mean for us as smartphone users? And how does it differ from the networks that came before it? We answer these questions to help you understand the difference between 3G, 4G, and 5G networks.

Do you remember these types of mobile phones?

3G vs. 4G networks

We first gained access to 3G connections in 2001, allowing us to use our phones for more than just calls and messages. This opened avenues for browsing the web, sending emails, and sharing media on the go. The speed of a 3G network must meet at least 200 kbps (kilobits per second) to be classified as such.

In 2009, we saw the advent of the next generation in smartphone technology; 4G-enabled devices and 4G networks. However, the networks themselves were not very widespread at this point, so we were mostly still accessing 3G networks until the technology developed further.

As you can guess, 4G was basically a faster version of 3G. A 4G connection ranges from 100 megabits per second to 1 gigabit per second. The difference between a kilobit and a gigabit is massive, so this equated to incredible speeds, although most networks do not reach this upper limit. Another difference between 3G and 4G is supposed to be greater security and reliability of connection.

4G allowed mobile applications to become more complex while still being usable on the average smartphone. We could play mobile games, video call our friends, shop online, stream our favourite TV show, and much more, without getting annoyed at our slow internet connection.

4G mobile network tower

Introducing 5G networks

Now we’ve all got used to 4G networks, we can expect the next generation of mobile networks to be introduced as early as next year. As you might expect, 5G will be an even faster and more reliable version of the 4G network. Since it has not yet been released, nothing is known for certain about 5G, but it is expected to reach speeds of between 1-10 Gbps. It could even reach a maximum speed of 100 Gbps according to some sources. 5G is expected to surpass the internet speeds of our home broadband connections.

These impressive speeds will make communications, downloads, and uploads almost instant. No more waiting for a movie to buffer or for a conference call to connect. 5G will also make connecting your smartphone to the Internet of Things much easier and more viable. This will mean you can easily connect to other electronic and smart devices that you own, such as your TV, home security system, or your car.

With the speed and reliability expected of 5G networks, they could replace fixed systems altogether, meaning landlines and home broadband could become a thing of the past. It will also be extremely beneficial to companies with remote workers, making this option more practical and perhaps more common.

Will 5G networks deliver the speeds promised?

Are you looking forward to the advent of 5G networks? Make sure you’re always connected in the meantime with pocket WiFi from Tep Wireless.

4 Easy Tricks to Take Better Travel Photos with Your Smartphone

We make so many great memories when travelling, so taking high-quality travel photos to remember these times is often a priority. Luckily, we no longer have to carry around bulky camera equipment to achieve this, because our smartphones are the perfect tools for taking great photos.

If you want to up your travel photo game without upgrading to an expensive new smartphone, here are some tips for taking better smartphone photos.

Understand your camera settings

There are lots of settings in your smartphone camera app, some of which might seem a little complicated. But there are some quick things you can do to improve your photos. By simply tapping on your screen, you can identify the subject of your photo, helping your camera to automatically focus on that and adjust the settings to highlight it in the best way. For more manual adjustments, you can select the pro setting where you can adjust brightness, contrast, and more. Increasing or decreasing the brightness for the desired effect is a simple trick, but here are some more tips for understanding the pro settings of your camera.

Using third-party apps

There are lots of apps available to help you edit your photos to make them look even better, from simple things like adding filters to more complex and comprehensive editing options.  Apps like Snapseed and VSCO are great free apps that allow you to play around with and fine-tune your smartphone photos. Here’s a rundown of some of the best photo editing apps if you want more ideas.

Boost your lens power

You could spend hundreds of dollars on a new smartphone with a better camera, or you could buy a much more affordable camera lens to clip onto your smartphone. Products like wide lenses and macro lenses can help you take better travel photos, as if they’ve actually been taken with a fancy DSLR camera. TechRader compiled a list of some of the best clip-on smartphone camera lenses for you to try.

A good quality smartphone lens can make all the difference to your travel photos.

Basic photography techniques

Finally, it all comes down to improving the way you choose your subjects and use your smartphone camera. One important tip is to make the most of natural light. The flash on smartphones doesn’t meet the grade of traditional cameras, so framing your subject with natural light is the best way to get a quality photo. Also, experiment with angles and perspectives to get interesting, unique shots.

Another tip that sounds so simple is to hold your camera straight. Yet, somehow, when I look back through my photos, I see that they’re all slightly crooked. To help you keep your photos straight, try turning on the grid assist, which you can find in the settings of your camera app. This overlays a 3×3 grid over your camera screen, helping you to stay in-line. This grid is also designed to demonstrate the rule of thirds, which is a technique for perfecting your shot composition.

Mastering smartphone photography basics

Do you have any other tips to help readers take better travel photos with their smartphones? You can share them with us on Twitter. And of course, to share your best photos with friends and family while you travel, rent a WiFi hotspot from Tep Wireless.