There’s no denying that buying a new smartphone will take away a significant chunk of your savings.
With this in mind, there is no surprise that everyone prefers buying refurbished phones. If you have been planning on buying a refurbished phone, here’s a guide that can come in handy when making your decision.
1. They Are Economical
Smartphone prices have almost doubled during the past five years, and they continue to rise. Instead of paying thousands of dollars for a phone, you can buy the same one at a lower price if it’s a refurbished one. Such phones are cheaper than their brand new counterparts, and you can get your favorite handset for an economical price.
2. Quality Assurance
If you purchase a refurbished handset from a reputable seller, you will be getting excellent quality with a much smaller price tag. The resources at WeSellTek.com suggest that buying a refurbished smartphone is significantly different from purchasing a second-hand phone. Before you invest, the smartphone will undergo rigorous testing to ensure that it is delivering optimum performance.
With a second-hand smartphone, you will never know if it’s damaged or broken. A refurbished phone from a reputable seller will give you your money’s worth!
3. Environment Friendly
Imagine each phone that has ever been bought ending up in a landfill. It will only take a few days before the authorities need to dig another one to keep up with the e-waste. However, by refurbishing old phones, e-waste is reduced significantly. When you purchase a refurbished smartphone, you are not only promoting a greener environment but also saving big bucks!
Money-back guarantee is one of the key benefits of investing in a refurbished handset. If you are purchasing from a certified seller/dealer, they will likely offer you a warranty period of up to 12 months. Make sure to research the dealer thoroughly before finalizing the deal. If you are lucky, you may find a seller that will allow you to get a full refund for the handset if returned within a specific number of days after the purchase.
5. No Troublesome Contracts
Quite often, if you are unable to pay for a smartphone upfront, you will be required to sign a lengthy document that will have you paying off the handset for many months to come. Additionally, several penalties will be applied if you break the contract. Investing in a refurbished phone will save you the extra cost and unnecessary trouble.
6. You Get All the Perks
Investing in a refurbished phone will give you the same perks as any new handset available on the market. You will be able to enjoy the latest features at a fraction of the price of the original one. Additionally, you can add an extra layer of protection to your device by purchasing insurance directly from a third-party retailer. Make sure to include it during checkout!
Buying a refurbished phone will not put you at a disadvantage. If you are a smartphone enthusiast who likes to change handsets, it is an excellent option for you! Review the price, return policy, and warranty before finalizing the deal. Just like buying a new smartphone, it’s crucial that you test out the refurbished device before purchasing it.
On email security in the era of hybrid working
With remote working the future for so many global workforces – or at least some kind of hybrid arrangement – is there an impact on email security we are all missing? Oliver Paterson, director of product management at VIPRE Security, believes so.
“The timeframe that people expect now for you to reply to things is shortened massively,” says Paterson. “This puts additional stress and pressure on individuals, which can then also lead to further mistakes. [Employees] are not as aware if they get an email with a link coming in – and they’re actually more susceptible to clicking on it.”
The cybercriminal’s greatest friend is human error, and distraction makes for a perfect bedfellow. The remote working calendar means that meetings are now held in virtual rooms, instead of face-to-face. A great opportunity for a quick catch up on a few emails during a spot of downtime, perhaps? It’s also a great opportunity for an attacker to make you fall for a phishing attack.
“It’s really about putting in the forefront there that email is the major first factor when we talk about data breaches, and anything around cyberattacks and ransomware being deployed on people’s machines,” Paterson says around education. “We just need to be very aware that even though we think these things are changing, [you] need to add a lot more security, methods and the tactics that people are using to get into your business is still very similar.
“The attacks may be more sophisticated, but the actual attack vector is the same as it was 10-15 years ago.”
This bears true in the statistics. The Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) found in its Phishing Activity Trends Report (pdf) in February that attacks hit an all-time high in 2021. Attacks had tripled since early 2020 – in other words, since the pandemic began.
VIPRE has many solutions to this age-old problem, and the email security product side of the business comes primarily under Paterson’s remit. One such product is VIPRE SafeSend, which focuses on misaddressed emails and prevents data leakage. “Everyone’s sent an email to the wrong person at some point in their life,” says Paterson. “It just depends how serious that’s been.”
Paterson notes one large FMCG brand, where a very senior C-level executive had the same name as someone else in the business much lower down. Naturally, plenty of emails went to the wrong place. “You try and get people to be uber-careful, but we’ve got technology solutions to help with those elements as well now,” says Paterson. “It’s making sure that businesses are aware of that, then also having it in one place.”
Another part of the product portfolio is with EDR (endpoint detection and response). The goal for VIPRE is to ‘take the complexities out of EDR management for small to medium-sized businesses and IT teams.’ Part of this is understanding what organisations really want.
The basic knowledge is there, as many organisational surveys will show. Take a study from the Enterprise Security Group (ESG) released in October in terms of ransomware preparedness. Respondents cited network security (43%), backup infrastructure security (40%), endpoint (39%), email (36%) and data encryption (36%) as key prevention areas. Many security vendors offer this and much more – but how difficult is it to filter out the noise?
“People understand they need an endpoint solution, and an email security solution. There’s a lot of competitors out there and they’re all shouting about different things,” says Paterson. “So it’s really getting down to the nitty gritty of what they actually need as a business. That’s where we at VIPRE try to make it as easy as possible for clients.
“A lot of companies do EDR at the moment, but what we’ve tried to do is get it down to the raw elements that every business will need, and maybe not all the bells and whistles that probably 99% of organisations aren’t going to need,” Paterson adds.
“We’re very much a company that puts a lot of emphasis on our clients and partners, where we treat everyone as an individual business. We get a lot of comments [from customers] that some of the biggest vendors in there just treat them as a number.”
Paterson is speaking at the Cyber Security & Cloud Expo Global, in London on December 1-2 around the rising threat of ransomware, and how the security industry evolves alongside this threat. Having a multi-layered approach will be a cornerstone of Paterson’s message, and his advice to businesses is sound.
“Take a closer look at those areas, those threat vectors, the way that they are coming into the business, and make sure that you are putting those industry-level systems in place,” he says. “A lot of businesses can get complacent and just continue renewing the same thing over and over again, without realising there are new features and additions. Misdelivery of email is a massive one – I would say the majority of businesses don’t have anything in place for it.
“Ask ‘where are the risk areas for your business?’ and understand those more, and then make sure to put those protection layers in place to help with things like ransomware attacks and other elements.”
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