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Don't Want to be Tracked? How to Clear Your Mobile Browser Data

Don't Want to be Tracked? How to Clear Your Mobile Browser Data

Don't Want to be Tracked? How to Clear Your Mobile Browser Data
Whether you are or aren't aware, if Safari is your browser on your iPhone or iPad, your data is being collected for several reasons. This isn't as terrible as it sounds because it helps to speed up browsing and store login information, but this doesn't mean that security is not a concern.

Following Facebook's recent security failure in disclosing personal details, many are worrying about data saved by Safari and other browsers on local devices. Data collected about your usage can be used for tracking purposes, but if this is something that makes you uncomfortable, there are options.

If you'd rather not be tracked, you can clear the saved data from time to time.
These are the steps to clean your browser data:

1. Go to the Settings on your iPhone or iPad.
2. Scroll down to locate Safari and tap it.
3. Scroll down and tap on Advanced.
4. Tap on Website Data.
5. Scroll down through the data stored by Safari and tap on Remove all Website Data.
6. When prompted with a confirmation, tap Remove Now.

Every once and a while, repeat this process if you'd prefer not to be tracked.

Responsive Design VS Dedicated Device Versions

Responsive Design VS Dedicated Device Versions

Responsive Design VS Dedicated Device Versions
As more and more users surf the web with mobile devices, website designers need to implement web design solutions that cater to these users. Two of the most popular solutions are Responsive Design and Dedicated Device Versions (i.e. publishing a desktop computer version and a dedicated mobile device version).

The Responsive web design (RWD) approach aims at crafting sites to provide an optimal viewing experience. Whether the website is viewed on a smart phone or a large computer monitor, a Responsive website layout adapts itself to fit the size of the screen. Certain elements might change position or become hidden, but still most or all of the content is typically the same across all screen resolutions.

The other method is to publish multiple dedicated device specific designs. For example, a dedicated desktop site and a dedicated mobile device site.

Typically with the standalone approach the mobile device versions will only contain the most essential information in a lightweight framework that optimises the viewing experience on a small screen.

Unfortunately in our experience neither of these approaches ticks all the boxes. In some cases a Responsive design is preferable, whereas, a dedicated device version can also deliver a highly optimised user experience.

In the near future as this exciting technology evolves Hub Com Digital will continue to develop the capabilities of our extensive proprietary technology platform: iASP, and we'll keep you posted as the evolution continues.

Happy New Financial Year

Happy New Financial Year

Happy New Financial Year

In the blink of an eye the new financial year is apon us.

The global economy is still in a state of flux and many local Australian business operators are already experiencing tough times, due in no small part to both the current state of national politics and the looming federal election, which inevitably leads to a slow down across many sectors.

At times like these business needs to work as smart as possible, and my number one tactic - and new financial year resolution - is simply get with the program.

What does that mean you ask?

There are so many time saving programs (software tools, apps and plugins etc.) now available that the day to day operations of a business do not have to be such hard work.

Likewise the Internet and in particular e-commerce has reduced the hassle of some menial and time consuming tasks from once taking hours to just minutes.

For example, some vendors like Officeworks deliver orders placed before 11:30am in capital cities on the same day...so why would you battle traffic, check-out queues and your office stairs when in a fraction of the time you can arrange for goods to be delivered right into your reception area!

When it comes to your existing systems and software, make it a priority to be sure your suppliers are doing their part to upkeep the technology with the latest capabilities.

In our case we've been sure to keep our website development technology capabilities at the forefront of the mobile Internet revolution.

It's also a good time to review the terms and options vendors offer. For example, one software vendor we deal with offers a full purchase option for around $3,000.00. Alternatively, an annual subscription to their cloud based service is around $50.00 per month.

The moral of this article is be pro-active and look for ways to save time and money, which can be re-purposed for other initiatives that have a positive impact on your bottom line.


Even Facebook Encounters Security Bugs

Even Facebook Encounters Security Bugs

Even Facebook Encounters Security Bugs
Last week (Jun 21st, 2013) Facebook announced a security bug that exposed users' personal contact information. In a post on the Facebook Security Page, Facebook explained that some of the information that the site uses to deliver friend recommendations was "inadvertently stored with people's contact information as part of their account on Facebook". As a result, anyone using Facebook's Download Your Information tool to download their friends' data were presented with information that should have remained secure.

This bug affected 6 million users.

What's more shocking is that it's been live since last year, but was discovered only last week. Although the security team fixed the bug less than 24 hours after it was detected, this highlights the fact that even with a strong technical team and massive resources , it is impossible to ensure that no bugs exist. This is worrisome as social media continues to integrate deeper into our daily lives.

What's the best Android smart phone on the market?

What's the best Android smart phone on the market?

What's the best Android smart phone on the market?
If you're like us, you're torn between the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One. Both have powerful components and run Google Android's Jelly Bean OS, but are suited to different needs.

The HTC One hit the market in March 2013 and the Samsung Galaxy followed on it's heels in April 2013. In terms of design, the HTC One takes gold. Machined from a solid block of aluminum, it has a more square look but is visually softened by it's rounded corners and convex back.

Although slimmer and lighter than the HTC One, the Samsung S4 closely resembles its predecessor and appears cheapened by the plastic backing. In sharp contrast to it's cheap external appearance, its photo capabilities are far superior to the HTC One. The Samsung S4 has a 13 megapixel BSI Sensor and 2MP user face sensor meaning that it produces a clearer shot.

If you're after a sturdier sleeker looking phone, the choice is definitely the HTC One, but if you rely on your phone for quick quality photo production, you'll want a Samsung S4.