Travel companies were hit by one data breach after another last year – firms including Marriott, British Airways, Delta Air Lines and travel booking site Orbitz.Marriott estimates that as a result of its breach – in which the reservation database of Starwood-branded hotels in its portfolio was hacked – 383 million guest records could have been affected and 5.25 million unencrypted passport numbers were possibly compromised. And experts expect breaches in the travel sector will continue.“Travel companies are a prime target of cyber thefts” because they have “highly sensitive, personally identifiable information,” said Eva Velasquez, chief executive of the Identity Theft Resource Center, a national non-profit organisation in San Diego that supports victims of identity theft and seeks to broaden public awareness.But travellers do have options to protect their information.DON’T BE YOURSELFBruce McIndoe, president of WorldAware, a risk … [Read more...] about How to safeguard your tech and your personal information while travelling
Creating your personal brand
The selection of a wristwatch is easily one of the more important style choices a man can make. One wears a watch, not the other way around, so it is best to find something that fits both your needs and your aesthetic. Not so easy when there are so many exceptional timepieces out there to choose from. Like people, watches have personalities, and it is not difficult to project values and characteristics upon them that we can relate to. The more things you have in common, the more suitable it is on your wrist. MYSTERY IN DESIGN Roger Dubuis Excalibur 42 Skeleton Flying Tourbillon By combining both a flying tourbillon and a skeleton build, Roger Dubuis has created a timepiece that is both aesthetically mesmerizing and technically superlative. Though it reveals the inner workings of the timepiece, it still carries a strong sense of mystery and a bit of aloofness. It's attitude that bubbles just under the surface, waiting for the right wrist to set it free. The sensation of wearing a … [Read more...] about Which of these luxury watches reflect your personality?
caption Brittany Hennessy says many influencers ask for less than they’re worth. source Hollis Johnson/Business Insider Brittany Hennessy is the senior director of influencer strategy and talent partnerships at Hearst Digital Media. She said social media influencers are paid for two things: production and distribution. Sometimes influencers ask for less than they’re worth, Hennessy says, while others ask for too much, like a first class flight. Influencer marketing is almost guaranteed to drive product sales more than TV or print ads, says Brittany Hennessy,the senior director of influencer strategy and talent partnerships at Hearst Digital Media. “Some [influencers] have perfect track records of selling things out and that’s why you hire them. To move product,” Hennessy told Business Insider. Her job is to find and manage social media influencers to promote Hearst’s digital brands, including Cosmopolitan, Esquire, and … [Read more...] about A woman who pays Instagrammers and YouTubers $500 to $30,000 per post on behalf of brands like Cosmo and Esquire has a go-to formula for calculating what they’re worth
source View Before we knew how connected homes would come together, the prototypes seemed far-fetched and way too complicated. Fortunately, building a smart home today is not nearly as intimidating or overwhelming as it initially seemed. It’s easy, especially if you start small and build little by little. Picking and choosing the features that best suit your needs – and only as you can afford them – means you don’t have to consider it an all-or-nothing ordeal. Still, that same DIY aspect can make it a daunting project to take on – but we’re here to help. H ere’s a simple rundown to help you get started on the smart home of your dreams: 1. Start with a voice-controlled smart speaker: It’ll serve as your smart home’s command center. caption From top left to right: Google Home, Amazon Echo Dot, Amazon Echo Plus, Apple HomePod source Business Insider Every smart speaker is powered by a smart … [Read more...] about Building the smart home of your dreams is easier than you think — here are 6 simple ways to get started
source Wool & Oak Over the past two years, Johnathan Webster has taken nearly 60 flights and successfully avoided one bane of airline travel: checking his luggage. Webster and his wife, Gizem Mut-Webster, have evaded checking luggage on flights since they backpacked through Europe in college. As students traveling on a restricted budget, they took issue with the stringent bag policies and punishing luggage fees enforced by many airlines. They began to brainstorm a clever solution: What if they created a luggage brand that not only looked sleek but could defy those policies? The result is Wool & Oak, a two-year-old company that creates stylish, modular luggage designed to get around airline bag policies. The brand’s most recent product, which debuted Tuesday, is a two-part duffel backpack that can neatly be disguised as a single carry-on item. Here’s what it looks like and how it works. Looks pretty much like a regular backpack, right? … [Read more...] about This couple invented a clever piece of luggage so you’ll never have to check your bags again — here’s how it works