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  1. Hidden Gems of South England

    A couple of weeks ago I went for a bike ride on a sunny Saturday. July 2014 has been a pleasure for bike riders because there has been lovely warm weather and almost no rain.

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    Hampshire and Berkshire has some of the most scenic windy country lanes available offering breathtaking views and wonderful colours. Early summer presented rolling hills of yellow as the Oilseed Rape came into blossom and then came the 50 shades of Green for as far as the eye can see. As midsummer takes hold the surprising changing colours of the countryside settle and it is up to the rider to search for hidden no so obvious gems to occupy the mind.

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  2. Hack attacks and keeping your phone safe

    The amount of times you see a celebrity post a rather questionable opinion on social media, only for them to later claim their account was ‘hacked’, you may be forgiven for thinking that ‘hacked’ is nothing more than a code-word for embarrassing drunken posts.

    But social media accounts do get hacked, and more often than you may think. According to a survey we conducted in partnership with YouGov, one in ten of us have had a social media account hacked, with a third party gaining access to all our personal information. Yet it is our friends we should be more wary of: one in five of our survey respondents said their mates had accessed their social media account to put up an embarrassing post.

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  3. 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.

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    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.

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    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.

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  4. 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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  5. 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.

     

     

Protect your bubble is a trading name of Assurant Direct Limited, a company registered in England and Wales (registration company number 5399683). Assurant Direct Limited is an Appointed Representative of Assurant Intermediary Limited, a company registered in England and Wales (registration company number 4019801). Assurant Intermediary Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority (registered number 311243). You can check this on the FSA's register by visiting the FSA's website www.fsa.gov.uk/Pages/register or by contacting the FSA on 0845 606 1234.

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