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  1. How to take care of your Gadgets this summer

    The summer months are here and that means there are plenty more reasons to get out and about. Chances are you are not going to leave your Smartphone at home while you enjoy the sunshine, so you need to make sure that you look after it during your summer activities.

    Luckily, as well as investing in Gadget Insurance, there is plenty you can do to take care of your gadgets. Below are some great tips to help you ensure that your Smartphone stays intact throughout summer.

     1. Stay in charge

     

    Summer often means being out of the house and the longer days mean that your phone battery needs to go that extra distance. Keeping your phone fully charged while you are on the go can be  be challenging, so investing in a portable charger is a great idea.

    There are also a few hints and tricks which can help you prolong your phone’s battery life. Try turning the brightness down for example and getting rid of all unused apps. If you are not using  your phone for a period of time then switch it onto airplane mode when it is not in use as this will help to significantly extend the battery life.

    2. Protect Against Liquid Damage

     

    We all know that mobile phones and water do not go together, so protecting your mobile from liquid damage is vital, especially in the summer months. There are a wide range of cases on the market that protect against liquid, so if you are heading to the beach or local swimming baths, then it’s a good idea to be prepared.

    Beware of rain too, especially if you are going to be out and about at a summer festival. Keep your mobile device or camera in the front pocket of a waterproof jacket rather than in your trouser / short pockets. If you are using a bag make sure it is waterproof.

    3. Never leave Gadgets unattended

     

    The summer months bring more opportunities than ever for your gadgets to be left unattended. Don’t be tempted to leave your gadgets out of reach while you take a dip in the sea or local lido however. If you can’t have your device on you then take advantage of secure storage solutions such as lockers.

    If you are attending a festival this summer then be extra careful. At home you may sleep with your mobile device on your bedside table or your camera in your bag, but remember a tent is far easier to break into that your bedroom. Take a small bag that can fit all your valuables in and place it inside your sleeping bag next to your feet at night to ensure that your items are within your reach at all times. If your mobile has run out of juice, don’t be tempted to leave it in your tent during the day, instead keep it on your person at all times.

    4. Protect the data on your mobile

     

    A stolen mobile phone may not just result in the cost of the handset, but if a thief can get access to your Facebook account, email accounts and online banking then the damage could be far worse. The cost of unauthorised calls from your mobile device or sim card could also leave you severely out of pocket.

    Always use a passcode on your mobile phone and If the worst does happen and you lose your device, make sure you contact your mobile phone provider as soon as you discover a loss or theft to ensure it is black listed. Ask a friend to save the contact number of your mobile phone provider and your Insurance provider in their mobile so that you can call with ease if caught short.

    5. Invest in a protective case

     

    Protective cases arn’t just for those who like to keep their smartphone in pristine condition, they are for anyone who wants to protect their phone against a multitude of accidents waiting to happen. There are many ways that your smartphone can get damaged in both the winter and summer months, and investing in a protective case will minimise the risk of damage if you were to drop it.

    There are plenty of cases available on the market deisgned to protect your mobile from drops, scratches and in some cases water damage. They can often look pretty trendy too.

    6. Avoid excess bills

     

    Leaving your data roaming turned on during an overseas holiday could result in a huge unwanted telephone bill. If the thought of no internet connected for a week fills you with dread then try and choose a hotel that offers free WiFi access or take advantage of free WiFi in local bars and cafes.

    It can also be worth planning ahead, some network providers offer pre-purchase packages that allow you to take advantage of internet access and calls abroad at a lower cost, so contact your network provider ahead of your holiday if you feel this could be of use to you.

    7. Protect against Extreme temperatures

     

    It’s not just humans and animals that can be effected by the heat, your gadgets can too. Extreme heat can cause damage to your phone’s circuitry and can shorten the battery life. Electrical devices are not made to withstand high temperatures and they can shut down when they get too hot.

    To protect your device against extreme heat, avoid leaving it in direct sunlight or on your car dashboard for example.

    8. Keep your Smartphone clean

     

    The summer months can be messy and you’ll be touching all sorts of things before using your Smartphone. Smudges and stains aren’t all that you need to worry about however; phones are particularly likely to carry bacteria.

    Therefore you need to ensure that you are regularly cleaning your Smartphone in the correct way. Always use a microfiber cleaning cloth and a gadget-safe cleaning solution and be sure to spray the solution on the cloth and not on the device itself. Make sure that your device is turned off before you clean.

    9. Invest in the right Gadget Insurance

     

    Even if you follow all of these tips, unfortunatly accidents can happen or mobiles can get lost or stolen. Protect Your Bubble understand how important it is to have peice of mind and that’s why our Gadget Insurance covers you for theft, accidental damage and liquid damage as standard and you can shoose to add loss as an additional extra. To find out more about great value Gadget Insurance simply visit www.protectyourbubble.com

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  2. Win official Wimbledon goodies with Protect Your Bubble

    If you are heading to the Wimbledon Championships this weekend, then keep an eye out for Protect Your Bubble.

    On Friday 4th July we will be joining the action to promote our great value Family Gadget Insurance  and our TV adverts featuring John McEnroe. The Protect Your Bubble team  will be meeting the crowds and handing out some free goodies, as well as a 10% discount and the chance to win official Wimbledon prizes.

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    If you are not watching the action live then you can still enter to win our Wimbledon goodies,  including a Wimbledon hoodie and his and hers Wimbledon towels. All you have to do is tweet us your Wimbledon or tennis themed pictures to @protectyrbubble, not forgetting to use #PYBWimbledon.

    Whether you are viewing from home, enjoying some strawberries and cream or dusting off your own tennis racket this weekend, we want to see you do it. So whatever you are doing to celebrate Wimbledon, tweet us at @protectyrbubble to get involved.

    If you haven’t caught our Family Gadget advert yet then you can check it out here. For full details of how to enter our Wimbledon competition and for full Terms and Conditions, please see below.

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  3. Festival goers beware and guard your gadgets

    Handsets totalling an estimated £13million could be lost or stolen at music events in 2014.

     

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    The festival season is officially here and that means one of two things, either you will be attending or there is a strong chance you will notice a whole host of enviable festival photos fill your Facebook newsfeed. Festival selfies, before and after group pictures and videos of  favourite bands are just some of digital memories we choose to capture while we soak up the sun (or rain) at Glastonbury this year.  It’s hardly surprising then that 92% of festiaval goers plan to take their smart phone with them to a festival this year. Of those 87% do so because they want to take pictures, 56% want to use social media and 49% want internet access.

    Being able to capture these festival memories often means taking expensive gadgets and these gadgets are therefore exposed to additional risk of accidental damage, loss or even theft. According to claims data from Gadget Insurer Protect Your Bubble, mobiles are 15% more likely to be lost, stolen or damaged during the festival season with claims peaking in July.

    This is something that 63% of the 8% who leave their smartphone at home dread, opting to use a sub-£30 festival phone for fear of having their smartphone lost, stolen or broken. 32% of those who leave their smartphone at home will use a cheap festival phone as it has longer battery live and 17% simply want to enjoy the festival experience without technology.

    If you are one of the 92% of festival goers taking your mobile with you this summer, then there are plenty of things you can do to help protect it. Never be tempted to leave your phone behind in your tent, even if it is padlocked. Keep your phone on you at all times, and make sure you invest in Gadget Insurance so that if anything does happen you won’t have to shell out for the full cost of a new handset.

     

     

  4. Top Tips for keeping your Gadgets Safe throughout the Festival Season

    The Festival season is upon us with Glastonbury  kicking off this week. Muddy fields,  tents and gadgets aren’t exactly matches made in heaven however.

    But if like many of us the thought of getting through a weekend festival without your iPhone or camera fills you with dread, then fear not as there are precautions you can take to protect your tech.

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  5. 5 things you should never underestimate the value of doing before you Travel

    With so much to do before you leave for your holiday, it can be easy to forget to do some of the most important things. It can be vital however that you take precautions to limit the chances of your holiday being ruined due to unforeseeable circumstances and to protect yourself in case you should fall victim of an unfortunate event.  To make sure you and your family are fully prepared, take the time to read our 5 things that you really shouldn’t go on holiday without doing first:

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