What You Ought To Know About Firewalls

Computers are not merely for typing. Its main purpose nowadays is for internet usage. However, with the amount of online scams and viruses that can affect your hardware, extreme caution is a must before connecting to any internet-related software.

For years, businesses and organizations have used protection from any malware or virus that can affect their businesses’ data. However, the dangerous surge in email spams, Web-borne threats- including viruses, hijacks, malwares and aggressive spywares have forced home computers to acquire the same protection.

Malicious attackers can take all your data and hack all your accounts in minutes. The time of attack is even faster for professional hackers who have higher quality and far more advanced technology. Fraudsters always target PCs for their high bandwidth and always-on nature.

Firewalls do more than protect your computers from malicious ware. They also hide your internet-connect PC from view.

On the latest review of The Peterson Group, one of the leading distributors of mobile phone accessories and laptop peripherals in Taiwan, a large market of hardware-based firewall composes of businesses. In a different study, households with personal computers rarely purchase firewall protection for their PCs at home since it cannot be considered as dangerous with only the members of the family using the connection. For instance, only 3% of the household population in overall Jakarta, Indonesia has firewall installed. This leaves home PCs exposed to all manners of intrusion and attack.

There are two types of firewalls: software applications and hardware devices that plug between your modem and your computer. Although software can be less expensive, a lot of users prefer the hardware since it assures safer connection and better performance.

However, a common misconception happens when an individual purchases a firewall thinking all internet issues will already be solved only to complain later on that he is still receiving spams. Firewalls may be great at stopping unwanted intrusions, but they often do little or nothing to detect virus-laden e-mails or stop intrusive adware and spyware. You'll want separate antivirus and spyware checkers to stymie these threats. What's more, hardware firewalls usually won't manage outbound traffic, which means a piece of spyware can freely send data from your PC to a server on the Internet.

Many experts believe that the dawn of firewall may come one day with all the importance and warnings already laid to the public. It is only a matter of time before people become aware.

How to Market Your Mobile Accessories Business Online

With the vast expansion of businesses going digital, retailers of mobile phone accessories have also started to extend their marketing strategies online. But with the number of competition increasing as more and more retailers realize the importance of online presence to boost their name in the industry; the internet has become a venue of a wide variety of promotional antics. Good reviews are important in these ecommerce businesses.

We cannot deny the reliance of consumers on the internet nowadays to know the latest selection of items and choose from a wide spectrum of options especially in electronics. Those who take advantage of the wider edge the internet provides have agreed that setting up an online business can double the profit in a lesser amount of time compared to solely having a physical store. Once you sell your accessories online, you open the doors to a whole new revenue stream capable of skyrocketing your sales.

The Peterson Group, Taiwan-based distributor of mobile phone accessories and laptop peripherals in the Asia-Pacific admits to have struggled while gaining online presence for their own website but becoming an entrepreneur in the ecommerce market is all about whom you partner with and what you know about mobile devices. Here are the tips that can get you started with your mobile accessories business online:

1. Be on edge by featuring creative accessories

Choose which kind of accessories you would want to sell. It can be either cases, chargers or screen protectors. Customizing your own accessories can give you an edge against your competitor. Personalized cases are trending in Jakarta, Indonesia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Singapore.

2. Find a Manufacturer which can provide your redesigned accessories

For personalized designs, you probably don’t have the tools to create them. Instead, you’ll have to take your designs and shop them out if you want to learn how to sell cell phone accessories online the right way. Find a manufacturer who will create your products inexpensively. Then, find the right margin and price your products so you can make a profit on each sale while still offering consumers a deal.

3. Create a website that your audience will love

You can take advantage of online businesses which offers free website as there are a lot of designs to also choose from. You also have the option to work with a web design team to create a brand that resonates your business.

The Peterson Group Review: How to Find the Best Headphone Splitter  


Ever experienced listening to a music, found out its worth sharing to your friends but your headset has only two cords (obviously every just like every headset there is)? You then resort to unplugging it off your phone and increasing the volume but no matter how much you strain yourselves to the sound, you just can’t hear it properly. No need to worry about that kind of problem anymore. You can now plug your headphones and enjoy listening to music with as many as 4 other people even if they have an extra ear with them.


A headphone splitter is a simple device that lets you split the audio output without affecting the quality. It is a very handy device especially if your laptops and PCs especially your phones and tablets only have one audio jack or port. There are many kinds of headphone splitters in the market. Before you invest in this, make sure that you know how to select the kind of splitter that you want. The most important thing to consider before you buy your headphone splitter is to decide on the rage of use that you might have with it. In case you need to use it for the most basic purpose, then a simple headphone splitter, which does not give any extra length from the device, would suffice. But the issue with such a splitter is that it you won’t give you too much leeway in mobility if the headphones or the earphones themselves are short.


It is best to compare various types of connectors and splitters before you purchase one. As there are a lot of fraudulent products in the market manufactured by local fraud companies especially in black markets of Jakarta, Indonesia and the suburbs of Bangkok, Thailand, you should be careful to choose the best one to get.


1.Dynex DX-AD103 Audio Splitter Cable

The Dynex DX-AD103 audio splitter cable converts a single 3.5 mm jack into two separate jacks, allowing up to two people to listen to the audio on the headphones at the same time. The splitter's construction makes it easy to get into tight spaces, unlike other, plastic audio splitter cables making it a popular choice among reviewers.


2.Monster Cable 1000YSPLTWW Y-Splitter Cable

This kind of splitter enables each user to adjust the volume on their individual devices. Another good feature of this splitter is that it can adapt to different devices such as Apple, Android and other device. It can also go to anywhere you use them, either in car, plane or within your bag.



Battle between Battery Brands

One thing to consider when buying smartphones is on how long the battery can last. It is somehow a great issue nowadays on how fast batteries can drain compared to how it was years ago with mobile phone models such as the Nokia 3210 which can last for few straight days without charging. Mobile phone experts suggest that the life expectancy of mobile batteries is the same as before. It is only because we use more applications and are totally dependent on smartphones for our daily activities that our batteries drain faster. We can all relate to the feeling of anxiety once our screen flashes red warning blinks on the battery bar.


On the review of the development of mobile phone batteries, only small advancements in battery tech have been made since the introduction of lithium. Manufacturers have been too focused on the improvement of smartphones that accessories such as batteries have been left behind. And without a comparable energy source, even the most innovative portable electronics (including the Apple Watch) meet with criticism and complaints.


The Peterson Group, Taiwan-based distributor of mobile phone accessories and laptop peripherals conducted a study between different brands of mobile phone batteries.


With tablets, Apple comes first on the quickest to charge followed by Samsung. Generic copies of chargers are recognized to charge faster than original ones. With mobile phones, both Samsung and Apple products go neck to neck even with generic chargers being used.


If you travel without all of your original chargers, you could be looking at a long wait to get a phone or tablet fully charged. Nevertheless, experts continue advising though to use original ones that ensure 100% quality and long lasting battery life even when it charges the slowest.


There are times that we also use chargers from some of our devices. There is no existing manual against it but experts advise to avoid this practice as it can damage both your devices and chargers.


 A similar study held in Jakarta, Indonesia interchanged chargers of tablets and mobile phones. Results show that the phones had no problem drawing juice from the tablet chargers, but the tablets didn’t respond well to the phone chargers.


The study also included testing of USB ports but the results show that not all USB ports perform the same. Depending on the device, the charge can take up to 17 hours. It may be because iPhones have smaller battery than Samsung and the port cannot fully support the brand.

Mobile Accessory Market to Reach US$81.5 Billion at the End of 2015

Mobile phones have been increasing in number since its adaptation and acceptance as a necessity in today’s modern world. Different varieties and model of mobile phones are constantly being introduced in the global market. The demand has since soared higher. Along with this, mobile phone accessories which enhance a phone’s feature have also been doubling sales and supply. 

According to a market review released by The Peterson Group, distributor and wholesaler of mobile phone accessories and laptop peripherals from Taiwan, smartphone penetration is driving a shift of accessory design to smart accessories that attract higher level of consumer interaction, product value and brand recognition. Statistics in the study conducted in the review shows that a consumer is estimated to spend $100 for mobile phone accessories every year. The same study also concludes that mobile phone accessories are more likely to be replaced than the smart phone device itself. It does not even matter if the replacement or the new mobile accessory is fraud. Trend is more important than the quality. This conception is popular among developing cities especially in mobile-driven societies such as Jakarta, Indonesia and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

Now that 2015 is about to end, more reviews are being released regarding the latest statistics in the market. 

ABI Research, for instance, expects that global revenue for mobile accessories will reach US$81.5 billion at the end of the year and is forecasted to grow to US$101 billion in 2020. This is a big leap from the forecasted $20 billion last 2012. Protective carrier cases and power banks have the largest market share among these accessories considering the amount of shipments across the globe. This is to be followed by chargers, screen protectors and headsets. 

“The thinness and lightness of a smartphone makes a protective case a necessity, and new features with cases, such as wireless charging and digital payment, will likewise drive the protective cases market”, says an analyst of ABI Research. 

In the next couple of years, headset is also expected to outcompete other mobile accessories as it gradually develops into wireless and Bluetooth connected. The highest average sales price in mobile accessories is commanded by the headsets category since consumers feel more comfortable making large investments in headsets. 

Asia-Pacific has the highest number of consumers of mobile phone accessories amounting to more than 50% of the total shipment.

How to Know If Your Phone Is Fake

With millions of units dispensed every year, Samsung, iPhone, LG, Lenovo, Alcatel, Nokia and other mobile brands have reached global recognition and are known to conduct fierce competitions among themselves. These brands have also dominated stalls, kiosks, and franchise stores across the globe. With each new release, people flock mobile phone stores to purchase.

However, other leading brands are not the only rival mobile manufacturers have. Mobile phone business gives big profit despite the competition. Fraudulent manufacturers of counterfeit mobile phones are also benefitting on the industry’s high revenue.

The Peterson Group, distributor and wholesaler of mobile phone accessories and laptop peripherals in Taiwan had recently participated in a buy-bust operation in one of the largest supplier of counterfeit mobile phones in Jakarta, Indonesia. The authorities along with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology regulations board of the country have discovered 5 stalls in Pasar Pagi Mangga Dua selling fake units of Samsung Galaxy and iPhones. Legitimate brands were also found but it was later confirmed that these are stolen products procured by pickpocketers.

So how do you avoid being scammed into buying fake mobile phone units? Here are some tips:

1. Research

Know your phone. You should only buy a phone made by a trusted manufacturer. Before committing to a purchase you should know the phone's specific model number, available colors, features, what software and hardware comes included and what warranty is offered with the product. Information about a specific model of phone can be found on the manufacturer’s website or through a registered retailer. Once you have this information it will make the job of identifying fake much easier.

2. Look into the Appearance

Do a closer inspection of the phone you will be purchasing as for the first glance, it can look identical to the real ones. Fraudsters cannot completely copy every aspect of the phone. There should be a difference in color, location of the buttons and size and spelling of the brand names. This is why a personal encounter with the phone would be very beneficial.

3. Don’t Forget to Check the Features and Functionality

Fraud copies are made in cheap materials and sub-standard components. Processing speeds may be lower, the images taken are pixelated or the operating system just doesn’t function smoothly. It is important to compare technical features to ensure the phone is genuine.

Counterfeit Mobile Accessories Increasing in Number


Jakarta, Indonesia – The government of Indonesia has admitted to have loopholes in its security. The demographic location of the country makes it hard for the authority to seal and guard more than 17,000 islands from fraudsters who are illegally transporting fake products in and out of the country. Counterfeit medicines, illegal drugs and gadgets have the highest number of fakes. The latter of which have been too dominant and mainstream that it can be found in the streets of the suburbs of the capital, lined side by side on the pavement, with policemen seemingly oblivious of the haggle of the vendors and passersby. It has already been an accepted fact in the country to have those kinds of products scattered around and the authorities neither tolerate nor discourage the people anymore.

Warnings continue to be carried on, though, by international organizations. Along with legitimate manufacturing companies, raids are being operated and thousands of fraudsters have been caught red handed.

The Peterson Group, a Taiwan-based company which distribute mobile phone accessories and laptop accessories across Asia noted that the international commerce sector has tightened their licensing programs and inspection process to carry out more operations and jail few more thousands fraudsters.

In Singapore, two men were arrested last August 21 for their suspected involvement in the wholesale distribution of counterfeit mobile phone accessories. The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has arrested men aged 24 and 53 who refused to give their names in the media. In total, about 76,200 pieces of trademark-infringing accessories such as phone casings, batteries, power banks, screen protectors, headphones, Bluetooth receivers, speakers and power adapters - with an estimated street value of about S$941,000 - were seized.

The authorities are considering taking serious views on intellectual property rights for the infringement and will not hesitate in punishing the two if found guilty. The problem though is that both of them do not want to divulge the other members of their party who deal with them in selling counterfeited accessories. Investigations are still ongoing.

A key way of ensuring safety and quality is to only buy mobile phone accessories from a registered manufacturer and trusted retailer and having confidence that those accessories are genuine and have been tested to ensure they are safe for users, which includes testing to ensure they meet national and international standards.

Consumers are advised to be more cautious of buying these products as it can be harmful and dangerous after few times of usage.