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Technology tips: Contactless payments

Contactless payments have been with us for a while now and although many were sceptical at first, this easy way of paying has become part of our day to day life.

Certain measures have been put in place to ensure sticky fingered individuals can’t go to town with your card. The limit for contactless payments is £30, meaning anything over that will have to be paid for via chip and pin. Your card will also only carry out three to four transactions in a row before they require pin number authorisation. To put your mind at ease further, the average rate of contactless fraud is 2p per £100 as opposed to chip and pin, which is 6.9p for every £100 spent.

Using contactless payment has various benefits including a reduction in payment times, meaning queues are shorter due to the ease of transaction. It has also resulted in people using cards much more than cash which is beneficial when it comes to recovering any losses through theft; a stolen card is easily cancelled and any loss is covered by the bank’s fraud department, whereas stolen cash is gone forever.

Contactless technology has already progressed from the simple debit or credit card. Now smart phones, smart watches and tablets can be used to pay the contactless way. Apple Pay is one such form of payment which is currently growing in popularity. Creating further fuss free options for payment in place of physical money.

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.

TME – Tips for poor mobile signal

Mobile phones are designed to make life simple and keep you in contact wherever you are, but more often than not, especially in West Sussex we find ourselves in a mobile black spot, which can be even more frustrating if the black spot happens to be in your own home. There are however a few things you can do to improve this service, we have locked down some of the top tips to ensure you get the best coverage possible.

Check what your actual signal is. Different phones measure signal using different gauges, some will have 2 bars, some 3, some 4. To check exactly what signal your iPhone has, dial *3001#12345#* and press the call button. This will take you to a field test screen, press the home button and then in the top left hand corner you will see your exact signal strength displayed in decibel-milliwatts. To make a call you need around 100dBm or above, anything less and there is a chance the call will fail. On an Android phone, simply go to Settings > About Phone > Status and then click Signal Strength.

Smart phones don’t always connect to the nearest mobile mast, so working out which one you are connected to can go a long way in improving your signal. To determine this you can download the free OpenSignal for both Android and iPhones, this will show you all the nearby masts.

If you are not connected to the nearest, then you may wish to rest your signal to give it the chance to reconnect to a closer mast. To do this turn your phone on Airplane Mode for three seconds.

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.

The Sweetest Thing – Apps to Monitor Sugar

Kids love sugar, they always have and always will. With hidden sugar in many of the products available nowadays, keeping check of their sugar intake can prove to be a difficult task. Luckily technology is here to provide you with an easy way to monitor the quantity of the sweet stuff easily and efficiently, so whether you are trying to be a little healthier, or simply keep your youngsters on a reasonable intake, these apps can help.

Sugar Smart

This easy app is designed to quickly show you how much sugar is in an item. It works by scanning the bar code of the product in question and shows you the results in a tangible way, displaying how many 4g sugar cubes the sugar content translates into. For example, 330ml of Coca Cola has the equivalent of 9 cubes of sugar in it.

MyFitnessPal

A fantastic app for overall health awareness. By inputting your daily food and drink consumption and activity, this clever app monitors all the vital components for a healthy diet. Including sugar, vitamins A and C, fat, protein, carbohydrate, fibre, salt, iron, calcium and potassium. The app also logs how many calories you consume in a day, which is really helpful if you are trying to lose or gain a few pounds.

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.

 

Tips to tighten your Internet browser security

Keeping yourself protected in the online world is a growing concern for people everywhere. A browser is the gateway to the Internet; so doing all you can to keep it secure is a good place to start when thinking about online security.

First off, check your browser’s privacy and security settings. Usually these options are located in the main settings of your browser, but as each browser is different you may need to explore a little. The most important security options to pay attention to are the following:

• Plug-ins – you should set Plug-in content to ‘click to play’, this means video and audio will not play automatically. This is a good way of protecting against malicious plug-in content.

• JavaScript – many websites use JavaScript to provide features so it is a useful tool to have, however if you are really serious about online security, JavaScript is known to be vulnerable so you can disable it should you wish.

• Autofill – this is a really useful feature which automatically populates forms with your information. However, the downside to this is that your personal details are easily accessible should anyone else gain access to your computer, even remotely. If this is a concern, it is best to disable Autofill.

Browsers are constantly updated with security measures to protect against the latest bug or virus, so making sure they are always up to date is vital when protecting against online threat.

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.

 

Technology to start your holiday the peaceful way

The summer holidays are just round the corner and whether you are jetting off to the south of France or driving down to the west country, travelling with young kids can be a stressful way to start – and finish – your well deserved break. Thankfully technology is on your side, so we have whittled down the top apps for a peaceful journey.

Toca Mini 

Encourage your child to get creative with this colourful, interactive, open-ended app. Children get to create their own characters using tactile touch screen control and parents are able to set creative challenges for your child to complete. The perfect way to keep young minds amused on long journeys.

Disney Storytime

Featuring many of your favourite Disney characters and storylines, Storytime allows your child the freedom to read, listen or use their imagination to create their own narrative. Your child can even become part of the story by creating their own Disney avatar allowing them to jump head first into this wonderful world of magic and adventure. Stories are available for different levels of credit depending on how many books you wish to download.

First Focus: Ladybird Baby Touch

This app is perfect for really little ones. It uses animations containing simple and engaging shapes, patterns and images in high-contrast black, white and yellow. When used in moderation it stimulates senses and helps with your child’s eye tracking and focusing skills.

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.