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Reducing email spam

Spam is one of the annoying realities of the digital age. Email allows us to keep up with the world, receive invoices, payslips, receipts for online purchases and access this data from anywhere in the world, whenever we want. The benefits email offers far outweigh the spam drawbacks, however here at JSPC we are always striving for perfection, so here are our top tips for a spam free life.

Use an alternate email address

Websites often require an email address to allow you access to certain information or services. The problem with this is once your email is out there, it can be passed around or picked up by internet bots, leaving your inbox full to the brim with unwanted emails. Setting up an alternative email address when using an unknown site, will mean all spam and junk mail generated will be emailed to that inbox. This still allows you the freedom to check that inbox should you wish, in case you required something from that site.

Use a different username

It is best not to create user names which are the same as your email address. Most people use either GoogleMail, Yahoo or Outlook as their mail supplier. Therefore if your username is bensmith12, it is just a case of a spambot completing the address using one of the main email providers and your email bensmith12@Yahoo.co.uk will be uncovered.

Never share email on social networks

It is never a good idea to share your personal information on social media sites. This goes for mobile number, address and also email. In addition to being dangerous, you will find yourself inundated with nuisance messages. Most social media sites have their own messenger tool so if people really need to contact you privately they can use that.

Online tools – prove you are human

A slightly more hi-tech way of protecting your email information is by using a service like Scr.im (http://scr.im). This website converts your email address into a short URL which comes with a custom HTML. If someone wants your email address they need to pass a simple test proving they are human (not an internet spambot) and then your email will be disclosed to them.

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What is the cloud?

You may have heard people using terms like the cloud, cloud computing or cloud storage. But what exactly is the cloud? Put simply, the cloud is the Internet or more specifically, it’s everything you can access remotely over the Internet. When something is in the cloud, it means it is stored on servers on the Internet instead of on your computer.

The chances are you use the cloud everyday, you just may not realise it. If you are using any kind of social media site or online data drive, you are already using the cloud. Applications like Google Drive, Gmail or One Drive all utilise the cloud, in fact whenever you store information without using internal data you are storing that information on the cloud.

There are lots of other services that use the cloud in different ways including DropBox, which is a storage service that lets you store and share files with others. Evernote is another cloud-based service that lets you type notes, clip webpages or take photos, and then organise all of them from your computer or mobile device.

Working on the cloud can be very beneficial as it is convenient and reliable, allowing you to access a file from any computer that has Internet connection and easily share files with others. You are also less likely to lose data as it is stored on servers. However, there are also some downsides. Using an online-based service means that access is dependant on your Internet connectivity and there is always a risk that someone might try to gain access to your data so it’s important to choose a strong password and pay attention to any privacy settings.

If you have a question for JSPC, email it to questions@jspc.co.uk If you require further advice, technical support, or a computer repair please call JSPC Computer Services on 01903 767122 or visit the shop at 2 Seadown Parade, Bowness Avenue, Sompting.

Educational Music Apps for Young Children

A worry for parents is that with technology making tasks easier and simpler, their young children won’t have the opportunity to develop creativity for themselves. This may have been true several years ago, but now, developers are finding inventive ways to encourage children to use their imaginations and develop their creative aptitude using apps on mobiles and tablets.

Children love making music, be it banging a spoon on a saucepan or shaking a can full of beads, it is something that all of us at some point in our childhood were interested in. Not every parent however has the space or means to own a piano or pay for weekly music lessons. But now, thanks to advances in technology, every young child can have the opportunity to enjoy a little musical education.

Easy Music, aimed at 5+, is an app designed to provide an accessible introduction to music theory. Fun characters teach basics such as pitch, melody, rhythm and how to recognise notes and then as the child’s understanding develops they are encouraged to start composing their own music.

Perfect for pre-schoolers Loopimal is a fun way to teach kids about sequence. Using a variety of different animal tiles, the child drags and drops each shape to make the assembled animals create noise and dance.

Kapu Bloom Tunes is a creative app that allows your child to finger paint to create melodies in a sort-of virtual garden, encouraging flowers to grow which sing nursery rhymes. It is calm and relaxing, which is great for both parent and child.

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Managing Storage on your iPhone

We expect so much from our smart phones. We use them for pretty much everything, from banking to photography, social media to shopping. Phone companies are constantly striving to improve service and enable our phones to do more and more, but this all comes at a price – and that price is memory usage. It is one of the more frustrating realities of modern life, reaching for your phone to take a photo and being informed that you have reached your maximum storage allowance. It often seems no matter how many pictures you delete, the message still keeps appearing.

The best place to start when tackling this issue is to check the storage on your iPhone and establish which applications are running it dry. To do this simply go to Settings > General > Manage Storage. Here you can see how much mobile storage you are using, how much you have available left to use and how much of your phone’s memory each app is taking up. Music and photos are often two of the biggest space hogs on an iPhone.

An easy way to reduce the memory these consume is to transfer the images you wish to keep to your computer and then delete all from your mobile. Another good tip is updating and changing the music on your phone frequently. This means you can keep good variety at your fingertips without having to store a huge selection on your mobile reducing the memory used significantly.

Finally, an easy way to create more space on your iPhone is to delete any apps which you no longer use. This is worth doing even if the app isn’t taking up a huge amount of memory – every little helps.

If you have a question for JSPC, email it to questions@jspc.co.uk If you require further advice, technical support, or a computer repair please call JSPC Computer Services on 01903 767122 or visit the shop at 2 Seadown Parade, Bowness Avenue, Sompting.

Stay in touch with Skype

With over 300 million users, Skype is one of the most popular downloads in the app store. The free Internet calling app offers an easy and cheap way to stay in touch with friends, family and colleagues across the world. Available across a multitude of platforms, users can use Skype to call, video or send files to other Skype users completely free of charge. You can also call other contacts that are not on Skype but there is a fee for this.

The first step to jumping on the Skype bandwagon is to sign up – visit the Skype homepage and click the ‘Get Skype’ button in the top right hand corner. To create an account, click ‘Join Us’ and follow the instructions. You then need to download the app to the device you will be using Skype on whether it is a desktop computer, tablet or phone. Once you’ve logged into Skype on your device of choice, click ‘Preferences’ then ‘Audio Settings’ to test your webcam and your speakers.

It’s easy to find a friend and add them as a contact on Skype. Simply click ‘Search’ and type the name, Skype Name or email address of the person you want to add and click ‘Add to Contacts’. You will be able to see when your contacts are online and can start making calls, video calls and sending files.

If you have a question for JSPC, email it to questions@jspc.co.uk. If you require further advice, technical support, or a computer repair please call JSPC Computer Services on 01903 767122 or visit the shop at 2 Seadown Parade, Bowness Avenue, Sompting.