In the modern digital age, there are a great deal of services available to the average person to suit their requirements. From an app that can count how many steps you take in a day to a high speed internet service provider; the choices aren’t infinite but can certainly be overwhelming.
It’s natural to want the best quality for the lowest price considering just how many different providers there are out there. Here we’re going to look at two options present in most people’s households. Digital TV and Wifi.
Digital TV Reception
First off, choose whichever Digital TV provider you like. There are enough options out there for you to be happy with a certain setup. Depending on who you choose the installation could be a sloppy job, people are only human and thus as likely to make a mistake as any other person. Missing a certain screw or poor wire management can change a digital TV into a nightmare with poor signal and picture quality.
In this instance, a company called “Get Me Digital” can help get your digital TV reception back to the standard you want. Specifically, they run a service that lets you find a nearby industry regulated engineer (part of a group called the “Registered Digital Institute”) who can perform a high quality repair to make your TV good to watch again.
Before you go looking for an engineer though, it’s worth looking through these basic points to see if you can fix a faulty signal by yourself:
- Check your cables. Splits in the cable render its magnetic shielding more vulnerable to other magnetic fields in your home (of which, there are many).
- Check your cable connections. A bent connector or a damaged thread will interfere with your signal.
- Look for local obstructions. Cranes, trees and buildings will directly interfere with signals you receive, garbling them.
- Reposition your aerial. Chances are you may get a better signal when you change the direction of your receiver.
The second of the two services to improve focuses on Wi-Fi, or your wireless internet. Like with digital TV, you have many choices and finding the right one for you merely depends on your preferences.
As a culture, the internet is a marvel that has revolutionised how the world works. An overwhelming amount of money changes hands online every single day, people complete complicated projects with people on the other side of the planet in real time. There is of course a stigma that you open yourself to attacks from skilled hackers that could steal your personal information if they so desired. First off, whilst it’s true that hackers exist, targeted attacks on individual people are actually quite rare. Hackers typically target large entities or organisations they already have grievances with.
Still, it never hurts to be vigilant. Especially when considering internet safety for kids. The previous link shows you a service called “Friendly Wi-Fi”. This particular service works in tandem with established Wi-Fi networks and prevents access to harmful sites relating to pornography, abuse and other sites you do not want your children coming across. This is mainly suited towards business owners that provide a Wi-Fi network in their shops. More importantly, a surprisingly large number of companies currently use this service. So when you use your phone to browse the internet at Tesco or somewhere similar, they, along with the other companies that use it, have this filter that prevents people accessing such websites. In short, it’s a very useful layer of protection that only costs around £30 a year per site to operate.
However many conflicting opinions there are on David Cameron as prime minister, it’s worth noting that he helped to spearhead a campaign the helps ensure online safety. Friendly Wi-Fi was born from this and continues to help keep harmful content away from children.
For your own information, businesses that operate the “Friendly Wi-Fi” service can be identified by this sticker.
Before you consider signing up to the service, consider these reading this article on Wi-Fi myths and get a general sense of data security on wireless networks.
It is also worth having a visit to the Internet Watch Foundation website. This company has been funded by the European Union to help remove illegal and harmful content from the internet that’s hosted in the UK. There’s an option to report criminal content too for those who want to help make the internet that much safer. “Friendly Wi-Fi” screens the websites people can view (through a public access Wi-Fi hotspot) based on the filters made by the IWF.
The IWF has existed since the earlier days of the internet in 1996 and has worked tirelessly to remove illegal material from the internet. Their own webpage claims that in 18 years, more than 500,000 pages have been screened and that any child abuse images found are removed within 60 minutes. In other words, you can thank them for keeping the internet cleaner and safer!