When it Comes To The World Wide Web, How Safe Are You Really?

In today’s digital age, staying safe online is of the utmost importance. Every day, businesses are targets of fraud and individuals are subject to identity theft. Hackers can ravage our devices, and even celebrities aren’t immune- with a number of them having photos stolen from their phones. We live so much of our lives online, it’s how we work, socialize with friends, we do our banking online and have all kinds of personal and sensitive information stored on our devices and online accounts. So our safety online is something that we all should be taking very seriously. Here are a few points to consider

 

Safety on Your Smartphone

It’s well documented that Apple iPhones are more safe and secure than any other model. All of the apps you can download are verified, and overall it’s almost impossible to hack your information from them. A new update means you can set up two-step verification for icloud too meaning this is unable to be compromised. If someone has physical access to your phone for any length of time, it’s possible to jailbreak and store malicious software, however, for the average person, this really isn’t a concern. According to http://www.icloudlogin.com/, on any device, you should be exercising caution such as not clicking links in text messages from unknown senders, or using unsecured wifi networks. However, the security on iPhones are far better than the other leading models. So if you’re in the market for a new phone and safety is high on your priority list then investing in an iPhone is a good option. There are a number of apps now which let you log in using your fingerprint, it’s worth setting this up if you have the option to give you that added peace of mind.

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Safety When You Make Purchases

There’s a reason the high street is in decline – rather than trawl through the shops most of us prefer the convenience of shopping from the comfort of our homes. Online shopping has taken off massively in the last few years, but this can also mean it’s something we need to be conscious of from a safety point of view. Websites selling counterfeit goods are common, and others are simply set up to take your money with nothing ever even being posted. Be wary of where you shop online, even if it’s a big brand or well-known store be sure to check the website’s URL. If it’s not the official link, then it’s likely to be a scammer. If you want to shop from a site you’re unfamiliar with, one thing to look at is their social pages. Scam sites that have been set up in a hurry won’t have tons of followers and interaction. Check on their socials for customer reviews, see if there are any complaints and if so, the way they have been responded to. And unless you’re using a very well known site like Amazon, always use PayPal to make purchases. That way, if anything does go wrong during the transaction, you know that you will be able to get your money back – there’s more information on how this works here https://www.paypal.com. You don’t want to be entering card details into anywhere that you’re unsure of, and it goes without saying that you should never send over bank details. Any company asking you to do this is definitely not legitimate.

 

Safety on Social Networks

The problem with social networks is that privacy settings are regularly changed, meaning you might be sharing details that you didn’t intend to. Snapchat for example recently released an update allowing you to share your location. If you share to Snapchat’s story, your location will show regardless of what settings you’ve chosen. These kinds of issues should be taken seriously, so make sure you’re not putting yourself at risk. Things like your phone number, email address and other personal details should be set to private. Do regular privacy checks to make sure everything looks as it should. It can be worth regularly deleting private messages too, we bear all to our friends in messages, and if someone does gain access they’re going to be able to see everything. Be sure to actually delete rather than archive where they can’t be recovered.

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Safety on Email

Safety on all of your accounts is important, but particularly so when it comes to email. If a hacker gains access to your email, then they can reset passwords and gain access to everything that’s linked to it. Be sure to set a strong, complex password (and make sure you’re the only one who knows what this is). A mixture of upper and lowercase letters, numbers and punctuation will make it extremely difficult to crack. Avoid kids, pets, partners and nicknames, important dates and other passwords that someone could guess. Always set up two-step verification too for email. This is often done by texting a code to your phone before you can log in, or you can sometimes use an authenticator. This is an app which you can link to your accounts and generates codes every thirty seconds, there’s more info on the way they work on sites like https://security.stackexchange.com. To log in, you simply enter the code shown. These days most email inboxes will automatically filter junk, but be careful of clicking on anything that looks dodgy from unknown senders and certainly don’t click on any links. If you receive an email from somewhere like Paypal or your bank and you’re unsure if it’s legitimate, always type the address in manually into your browser and log in this way instead of going through a link. Since the link can lead you to a website that looks exactly as it should but is really just there to steal your details and login to your account.

 

Have you put much thought into online safety? What steps do you take to ensure your details are kept safe online?

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If You Love Traveling, One of These Amazing Jobs Are for You!

If you love traveling (and who doesn’t?), and are in the market for a new job, maybe you should think about getting a job that would suit your traveling dreams! The days of working and saving every penny you have just so you can quit your job and travel for a month, are long behind you once you’ve seen these! There are what you can do while traveling! There are a surprising amount of jobs out there which do aid you if you wanted to go traveling, you just have to make it happen! Have a look here if you want to find out what they are!

 

1) Working at a local bar

This one may sound like something you’ve heard before, but that is because it is fantastic for working while traveling. In every place you go to, they always have bars or clubs. This is the perfect type of job as well because they usually high a high turnover, meaning more opportunity for yourself! As well as not too much commitment, so if you felt like moving on to another place after a little bit of time, you wouldn’t feel too bad about leaving because that’s just how it’s done! You can always find places that need English speakers if you do a bit of research online beforehand.

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2) Find a cafe you love

In a similar vein, if you’re more of a night owl and don’t want to be working at nights, which you would be in a bar, you could work in a cafe. It is the same thing but just in the day time. For this, you would probably have to be in a touristy area where most people spoke English unless you are talented enough to pick up another language! Similarly to the bar work, these sorts of places also have a high turnover. You could find a beautiful place that is run by a little local family is you wanted! It would be a great way to have a chat to some locals as well!

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3) Find work on a tugboat

Another great way to find work abroad is to look for jobs on a tugboat. There are loads of these going all over the world if you do a little search online before you go, you almost definitely be able to find something! Or you could go the other route and have a look at NautiSNP – tugs for sale and get your tugboat! You may have to save for a little while, but you could start up your own tugboat business abroad! That would be such a great way to get some traveling in a while not only making money but starting your whole own business. If you were nervous about it, you could also sell it on when you wanted to move on to a new place, or just expand your business!

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4) Become an au pair

This is probably the most convenient way to get some traveling in. There are countless sites online full of people looking for au pairs. As an au pair, you mainly travel to someone’s house abroad for a few months or so, and you get to stay there and help out with either some childcare or a little bit of housework. You usually get paid for it as well, so you get to go abroad, stay for free and get paid for doing a bit of work in their house! It’s a fantastic deal! Just make sure you know when your free time will be so you can organize thing you want to do while in that country!

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5) Become a flight attendant

This is more of a permanent job, but that is ok when you are constantly going to different places all across the globe. As a flight attendant, you obviously have to work abroad the plane. There are loads of airlines you could get a job with but try to go for an international, worldwide one to get to go to a wider variety of places! If you want to become a flight attendant, you might need some experience in service, so hopefully, that waitressing job you had in college will come in handy after all! You will also need to pass a medical test.

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6) Teaching English abroad

This one is great if you wanted to be part of a program or something. It is also great because you do get a great feeling that you are giving something back to the place you are staying in. You can make a decent amount of money doing this as well if you go to some locations. It is a way to meet people while you are out there as well. You can meet other people working there and the people you are teaching as well! This is also the kind of thing that you can do in several places, not just the one!

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7) Find a cruise ship

As most of these jobs, you’ll be able to find a great one if you have a look online! But work on a cruise ship is pretty much a dream! There are so many things you can do, unexpected things as well. There is all sort of filming job, service jobs, chef jobs, just imagine the cruise ship as a little community and every job you can get on board you can pretty much get on board! You also get several stops off along the way at all different places. You have to find out when your free time is as well to work out if you might want to do something like this!

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8) Any work from home job

Traveling is so important to a lot of people, and luckily, there are a lot of jobs out there where you can work remotely, this means that you can work anywhere including on a beach somewhere if you want (and are capable of making your deadlines with a lot of distraction)! Or if you wanted to work for yourself, you could start up a travel blog and get that going to the point that you can make a living off of it! It is possible to do if you put a lot of hard work into it!


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