Clumsy Santa: Accidents Happen To Santa Too. [Win An iPad Air 2]

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The holidays, one of the best times of the year! A time when decorations, lights and Christmas trees are not only found in homes but in town squares and shopping malls all around the world. Though celebrated differently in a variety of cultures, Santa Claus seems to exist almost universally.

 

clumsy santa twitterThis year, Protect Your Bubble introduces Clumsy Santa! You see, Santa Claus, the maker and deliverer of toys and happiness, also happens to be a little “clumsy” when delivering his gifts to the many little girls and boys, and adults too. Accidents happen, even to Santa. However, part of Clumsy Santa’s mission is to help people protect their gifts and everything else that matters to them.

 

Be sure to follow Clumsy Santa on Twitter @ClumsySanta, where he will tell the tale of his sometimes accident-prone mission when making and delivering gifts this holiday season. You might even see a few tweets from Mrs. Claus, the elves, and even Rudolph!

 

The holidays are a time for family and celebration. The last thing anyone wants to do is worry about a broken present, especially if it was what you were hoping for, and oh by the way, this isn’t just about gifts such as smartphones, tablets, electronics, and appliances. Santa needs to protect his workshop and his sleigh from unwanted damage. Of course, Santa keeps a tight schedule when delivering his gifts, so we’ll want to help him stay on schedule and protect against any travel delays along the way.

 

Win an iPad Air 2!

You’re involved in this tale too. Santa has one gift that he’s going to make sure arrives intact. An iPad Air 2. Protect Your Bubble is giving this away in its Clumsy Santa Sweepstakes. Be sure to enter here by January 10, 2015.

 

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What is BYOD and Why is it Important?

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For many companies, the days of corporate-provided devices are over. Employees want to use the mobile devices they are most comfortable with – and they don’t want to have to worry about separate devices for home and work. To accommodate this growing trend, most employers allow implementing BYOD policies and allowing employees to “bring your own device” to work.

 
According to Software Providers, a business software consulting firm, the biggest problem with BYOD policies is security. When you use a mobile device for personal reasons, you may have some basic security in place to protect your passwords, photographs, and social media accounts. But when you bring this device to work and use it to access sensitive company information, additional security is needed.

 

To deal with this emerging threats to company data, employers have turned to security technology from many different companies, including:

• Airwatch
• Absolute
• Excitor
• Fiberlink MaaS360
• Afaria
• Zenprise
• McAfee
• FancyFon

 

Below, we’ll take a look at some of the issues surrounding BYOD security for companies and employees today.

 

Fear of Big Brother
When BYOD first became popular, employees balked employers having access to their personal data – and a say in what they could have or do on their personal devices. As a result, most businesses that implement BYOD now require employees and employers to sign an agreement that outlines their BYOD policies. These policies now focus on ensuring the security and privacy of employee as well as company data and activities.

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The mobile security providers listed above have evolved their functionality over the past few years. Now, they can monitor, secure and even wipe out company data, while still preserving personal data in the event of a security breach. This has helped establish and maintain trust between employers and employees, and helps employees to feel more secure in using personal devices at work.

 
Should you ban personal devices or invest in security software?
Some employers have attempted to ban the practice of BYOD rather than deal with the security issues it involves. However, some who have attempted this have found that it can cause more problems than just dealing with the issue head-on.

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The problem with banning BYOD policies is that it is difficult to achieve 100% compliance. It’s not that employees purposely want to put their employer at risk. But in today’s world, checking email on mobile devices – even outside of work hours – is commonplace. To ban such a practice puts both employees and employers at a serious disadvantage.
Because it’s that much harder to find and fix a security leak among personal devices without a structured BYOD policy, many employers have discovered that allowing BYOD – and enforcing strict policies for its use – is a better option. Then, security issues can be seen more clearly and dealt with more quickly.

 

If BYOD is banned and an employee checks his or her company email on a mobile device, IT specialists at that company may not even know it has happened. But if BYOD is allowed and a security monitoring system is in place, the IT department can monitor the devices and be better alerted to possible data breaches. This gives employers better control and better security.

 
Small expense, big reward
In today’s highly mobile world, employers should view BYOD security as a necessary expense, not a sunk cost. BYOD security, while costly up front, can save money in the long run. Security breaches can be devastating to a business – both economically and in terms of branding and PR. Put in those terms, BYOD security is a worthwhile investment.

 
Managers should research the security options that are available and make a choice based on their company’s specific needs. Instead of denying that device security is an issue, employers should face the issue head-on and proactively work to find a solution that both benefits employees and employers alike.

 


 

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Christmas Shopping Trends 2014 [Infographic]

American consumers are increasing their shopping time online and on their smartphones! This is the final conclusion we came up here as we analyzed recent shopping trends. Black Friday is still the dominant shopping day of the year, but Cyber Monday sales have increased every year as consumers have become more comfortable shopping online using their smartphones and tablets.

 

Check out the infographic below for some more insights into consumer shopping habits this Christmas.

 

Christmas Shopping Trends 2014

 


 

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3 Tech Deals To Look For This Black Friday

Every year Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year that every bargain shopper eagerly anticipates. This year Black Friday falls on the second-latest possible date, November 28th. This will give retailers a shorter than average period between Black Friday and Christmas, the most important stretch of the year for them, which should mean more deals after Black Friday as well.

 

We’ve come up with 3 tech deals you should look for this upcoming Black Friday 2014.

 

1. Larger-Sized TV Deals – Go Big or Go Home!

TV’s are usually one of the biggest seller’s at most top retailers each Black Friday, and for good reason. Each year, as the sizes that are up for sale tend to grow, discounts do too. So it is realistic to assume that the same should be expected this year.

 

New this year, we can expect to see several models of Ultra HD models, as well as a curved screen model or two, to appear in Black Friday ads.  You can also expect deals in Black Friday ads for under $250 on a lower-quality model.

At Best Buy, these TV door buster deals will be available in limited quantity.

  • A 55-inch Samsung UHD TV, model UN55HU6830FXZA, a 120Hz smart TV that will be available for $899.99
  • The 55-inch LG 55LB5900, priced at $479.99, a 1080p 120Hz set that doesn’t have many other features
  • A 50-inch Vizio M502I-B1, a 240Hz smart TV set in the company’s step-up M series, for $499.99

Ultra HD 4K

  • Samsung UN55HU7250FXZA, a curved UHD TV, for $1,299.99
  • LG 55UB8200 for $1,300
  • Sony XBR55X850B, in its entry-level 4K series, for $1,499.99
  • Vizio P552UI-B2, a P-series model, priced at $1,299.99

Large 1080p

  • Samsung’s 60-inch 120Hz 1080p LED/LCD smart TV, model UN60H6203AFXZ for $799
  • LG’s 65-inch 1080p LED/LCD (65LB5200) for $799
  • Sharp’s 60-inch Aquos 1080p LED/LCD smart TV (model LC-60LE644) for $699
  • a 60-inch Sony 120Hz smart LED/LCD TV, model KDL-60R510A for $799
  • Sharp’s 70-inch LC-70TQ15U, a 240Hz 1080p smart LED/LCD TV for $1,799

 

2. Apple Products Galore – iPhones, iPads, & More!

Apple products are among the first items that shoppers look for deals on during the Black Friday event.

Walmart will be selling the new Apple iPhone 6 at a $20 discount and giving buyers a $75 gift card on top of that. Target is offering a similar deal except the $75 gift card will be only $30.  Don’t be cheap Target!

 

Staples will be offering the Apple iPad Mini 2 for $239.  Target will offer a $140 store gift card with the purchase of a 16GB iPad Air 2 (which lists for $499), a $100 card with a 16GB iPad Mini 3 or iPad Air ($399 each), and an $80 card with a 16GB non-Retina iPad Mini ($249).

 

For Apple Macbooks at Best Buy, shoppers will be able to save $150 off of the larger 13.3-inch MacBook Air and $120 off of the smaller 11.6-inch MacBook Air. With respect to the MacBook Pro, the 13.3-inch model with Retina display will come with $150 worth of savings while the non-Retina model will come with $200 worth of dicsounts.
The final price tag will appear like this:

  • MacBook Air 13.3-inch – $1049.99
  • MacBook Air 11.6-inch – $779.99
  • MacBook Pro Retina Display – $1349.99
  • MacBook Pro non-Retina – $899.99

 

3. Laptops – Yes these still exist!

One of the most popular Black Friday ad items traditionally has been the ultra-cheap laptop. Models with upgraded components should also be very good deals this year. Back-to-school sales were down and that factor, combined with lower prices for the individual components should lead to great bargains this year.

Best Buy is dishing out the Acer Chromebook 11.6-inch for $149.99 (regular price $199.99). Staples is selling a super cheap Asus laptop for $99.99, giving shoppers a $150 discount.

 

Looking for a laptop/tablet combo? Wal-mart is offering a Toshiba 2in1 Touchscreen laptop for $299. That’s a sweet deal for a laptop/tablet combo that usually goes for $500.

 

Remember, to get a jump on great Black Friday deals, start planning now, research your purchases and above all else spread good cheer. If previous years’ Black Fridays are any indication, pretty much everything will be on sale. If you haven’t already started budgeting for this usually big expense, now would be a good time to start!

 


 

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New Insider Club – Special Deals & Promotions Available

Special Announcement - New Insider Club

 

insider-clubProtect Your Bubble has just launched our new Insider Club that gives you access to exclusive promotions, discounts, and coupons! Currently we are offering a special 15% off discount on Identity Theft Protection to Insiders.

 

The Insider Club also allows you access to save quotes and access them at a later date – talk about super convenient. Click here now to sign up for special offers on already affordable protection plans.

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