The government restricted people’s access to social media and messaging apps following riots in Central and West Jakarta on Wednesday. On the same day at around 12.15 p.m., Twitter users complained that they were unable to access Instagram and WhatsApp. The replies came quick, with many suggesting a virtual private network (VPN), which allows users to access websites over another secure connection. However, cybersecurity observer Alfons Tanujaya told tempo.co that using a VPN could be risky. “Data that is passed through the VPN server can be misused by VPN service providers,” Alfons said. He added that crucial data could be collected and leaked by third parties, especially if it isn’t well protected. “Credit card and internet banking data that are not secured could be leaked,” he said. This is because a VPN works like Hotspots in cafes or proxy servers in offices, but the server is located abroad or other unknown places. Furthermore, a VPN … [Read more...] about Risks of using VPN and why it’s difficult to stop
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The city of Paris has chosen an American landscape architect to re-design a huge area surrounding the Eiffel Tower, a project that will banish almost all vehicle traffic near the immensely popular monument. "We can create the biggest garden in Paris... with much more biodiversity, much more ecology," Kathryn Gustafson said after Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo presented the plan late Tuesday. Gustafson has studied in France, where she has designed several parks and squares, but is best well known internationally for her memorial fountain for Britain's Princess Diana in Hyde Park, London. A total of 54 hectares (133 acres), currently crisscrossed by several roads including two major thoroughfares on each side of the Seine river, will be largely turned over to pedestrians and "low-impact transportation" such as bus and bike lanes. In particular, the heavily used car lanes on the Iena bridge which spans the Right and Left Banks underneath the Eiffel Tower will also be given over to lawns and … [Read more...] about American picked to design vast car-free garden at Eiffel Tower
BEIJING: China said on Monday (May 13) it will impose higher tariffs on a range of US goods, striking back in its trade war with Washington shortly after US President Donald Trump warned it not to retaliate.Beijing will impose tariffs ranging from 5 per cent to 25 per cent on a total of 5,140 American products worth about US$60 billion. The tariffs will take effect on Jun 1, said China's finance ministry. An additional tariff of 25 per cent will be levied against 2,493 goods including liquefied natural gas, the ministry said, and an additional tariff of 20 per cent will be imposed on 1,078 products.Beijing previously set additional rates of 5 per cent and 10 per cent on 5,207 US products worth US$60 billion in September, and warned at the time that it would counter any higher tariffs imposed by Washington on Chinese products."China's adjustment on additional tariffs is a response to US unilateralism and protectionism," the ministry … [Read more...] about China hits back with tariffs on US$60 billion worth of US goods
The significant advantage of a frequent flyer programme is obviously the miles. With these programs, frequent flyers receive perks such as free flights, upgrades and other travel-related perks. Luckily, there is no limit on how many programs you can join. But to get as many frequent flyer miles as you possibly can, it doesn't make sense to enrol in every single airline's programme. When selecting an frequent flyer programme, go for the airline that has the most flights out of Singapore or the one that serves the destinations you are likely to visit more often. FLY OFTEN, SAVE BIG When choosing the best airline rewards programme for you, there are three factors you should take into consideration: - How easy (or not) it is to earn a flight with your miles and rewards. - Whether you get extra perks other than flights. - Whether blackout dates apply to the programme. - How soon do the miles expire. - And, how easy it is to achieve a higher status (silver, gold, elite, etc.). WHY ARE … [Read more...] about Best frequent flyer programs in 2019: Are they still worth it?
When the budget airline Wow Air abruptly ceased operations earlier this year, thousands of travelers were left stranded and scrambling, on both sides of the Atlantic, to make alternate travel plans. The news, after months of speculation that the Icelandic airline was struggling financially, came at a period that has already been particularly difficult for low-cost carriers. Cyprus’ Cobalt Air, Pakistan’s Shaheen Air, and Primera, based in Denmark and Latvia, collapsed in October. In February, Flybmi and Germania filed for bankruptcy. For most, rising fuel costs and overexpansion led to their demise. Budget airlines are appealing to travelers because they offer much lower prices than major airlines. A flight to London from New York can cost around $1,000 on American Airlines, British Airways or another major carrier, but the same trip on low-cost Norwegian, for the same dates, can be around $600. Similarly, a flight from Washington to Paris costs around $1,200 on Air France, … [Read more...] about News Are budget airlines really worth it?