Holiday Travel Roadmap 2014 [Infographic]

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This 2014 holiday travel season is supposed to be the busiest travel season in recent memory. Christmas holiday travel will surge this weekend as it is the last weekend before Christmas. The most expensive day to travel is the Sunday before Christmas. That’s just one of many interesting travel tidbits we found about this holiday season.  Take a look at the others:

 

  • 23% increase in travel between Christmas and New Year’s compared to 2013
  • 91% of travelers will be road tripping by car or other personal vehicle
  • 36 is the average age of the holiday traveler
  • Christmas Day is the cheapest day to fly, followed by Christmas Eve
  • Christmas travel costs 40% more in the 2 weeks before Christmas than compared to an average day
  • 2014 airfare is expected to be 5% higher than in 2013
  • Orlando is the #1 flight destination this holiday season; Las Vegas is #2
  • $1,286 is the average travel insurance claim

Holiday Christmas Travel Infographic

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Re-Gifting as a Growing Identity Theft Threat During the Holidays

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It is believed that as many as 83% of people think re-gifting is an acceptable practice, particularly during the holidays. However, hidden dangers exist especially when some gifts are re-gifted several times over in the same holiday season.

 


 

 
Where can re-gifting lead to trouble? The following 8 ways leave consumers vulnerable to ID Theft outside of credit card or online transactions during the holidays:

 

  • Computers: Digital and financial information left on the computer’s hard drive.
  • Smartphones: Digital and financial information left on an old phone, or apps that were not deleted properly; Even factory resets have been known to leave data on an old smartphone.
  • Tablets: Digital and financial information left on an old phone, or apps that were not deleted properly.
  • Clothes: Credit cards or other personal information cards unknowingly left in the pockets of clothes given as a gift or donated.
  • Furniture: Credit cards, bank statements or other personal information unknowingly left in the drawers of desks or other furniture given as a gift or donated.
  • Purses or wallets: Women and men believe they’re doing the right thing in donating purses and forget to completely clean out their personal items.
  • Gaming Consoles: Re-gifted gaming consoles can sometimes store Netflix or other personal data, without a person remembering to wipe clean.
  • Office Parties: It is believed that 40% of office party gifts are re-gifted; Some of these gifts may also include an old financial footprint that could then be re-gifted again or donated.

Identity theft has received a lot of awareness in the news media over the last few years, especially around the holidays. However, someone’s digital and personal footprint can still be acquired any number of ways outside the cash register or Internet shopping cart.

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Best Holiday Gifts for the Techie You Love

Buying a Christmas gift for someone who loves technology is not as easy as it seems. Finding the right gift can be a challenge with so many compelling products vying for your attention. From versatile fitness trackers and sleek smartphones to the fastest tablets and loudest Bluetooth speakers, these are the hottest holiday tech gifts of the year.  Fortunately, we’ve picked our top 5 products to get you started.

 

1. Apple iPad Air 2

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The iPad Air 2 is tablet perfection – cramming a faster A8X processor, sharper camera, and richer anti-reflective screen into an even thinner design than the original iPad Air.  The iPad Air 2 delivers enhanced graphics and a faster performance and also sports a sharper 8-MP camera. Wi-Fi on iPad Air 2 is fast — more than twice as fast as the previous generation — so downloading movies and streaming videos take less time. The Wi-Fi + Cellular model is equipped with faster, more advanced LTE technology as well. What truly sets the iPad apart from its predecessor’s is its roster of unbeatable apps and the way this tablet interacts seamlessly with the other Apple products in your home. You can’t go wrong with gifting this device!

 

2. Samsung Galaxy Note 4

galaxy note 4 The Galaxy Note 4 is a superior phablet with an ultra-sharp display, faster camera, improved multitasking, and a pen you’ll actually want to use. The Galaxy Note 4 introduces a new sleek and stylish Galaxy design language. Offering a superior grip, enhanced durability, and a premium metal frame and fluid curvature with Galaxy’s inherited 2.5D glass screen and soft-textured back cover – this device is gorgeous! The Note 4′s stylus is nearly identical the Note 3′s. However, the new stylus has a more natural feel – like a ballpoint pen pressing on paper. The new pen measures 2,000 levels of pressure, which is twice as many as its predecessor, this allows for more accurate strokes that reflect how hard you are pushing the tip down.

 

3. Garmin Vivosmart

garmin vivosmart The Garmin Vivosmart wristband is an activity tracker with smartphone notifications in a comfortable, minimalist design. This gadget features a sleek, invisible display that comes to life when you get a notification or when you give the band a tap. The OLED display shines through the band to reveal your steps, distance traveled, calories burned, time of day, and more. The Vivosmart accurately tracks steps, distance, and overall movement each day. Each time you receive a text, email, or call on your compatible Bluetooth device, Vivosmart gently vibrates and automatically displays the information. Simply touch and swipe the screen to read more. For your techie loved one who is serious about moving more, the Garmin Vivosmart is a solid device for its market price. The Vivosmart is certainly an intelligent activity tracker that is made even more intelligent with its smartphone integration.

 

4. Freedom Spot Photon 4G Mobile Hotspot

freedom spot photon 4g A mobile hotspot is a great gift for someone who is always on the go, but always needs to stay connected. This hotspot boasts about six hours of battery life, and can support a connection for up to eight devices at once. The Freedom Spot Photon from FreedomPop is a 4G hotspot that gets you online for free. That’s right, for free and there’s no catch! A free plan from FreedomPop is good for 500MB of data per month. The Photon itself is free. You need to pay an $89 security deposit, which is fully refundable when you return the device.

 

5. GoPro HERO3+: Black Edition

gopro hero3+ The GoPro HERO3+ offers a lighter housing, improved image sharpness, better battery life, and faster built-in Wi-Fi than older GoPro models. Our favorite wearable HD video camera will capture every extreme mountain biking , bungee jump, white water rafting , bob sleigh run, pretty much every extreme activity you are into – all captured in video resolutions up to 4K. The exposure and colors look superb and it can connect via Wi-Fi to smart devices. The GoPro App for iPhone, Android, and Windows 8 phones allows live previews of what your shooting – giving you the chance to pause, rewind, re-shoot, and adjust camera settings. There is also a remote control available that is sold separately.

 

These devices are great suggestions for your friends and family who absolutely has to have the latest in tech. Surprise your loved ones with these spectacular innovative gadgets. Remember, there are protection plans to make these gifts and memories last forever!

 


 

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Safe Christmas Shopping: Preventing Holiday Identity Theft

 

santa id theftIt’s that time of the year and holiday cheer is all around us and winter is in the air. While we all spend the season with family and friends the, thought of financial and personal safety have taken a backseat on what’s important. We seem to have a sort of blindness to things that can be bad and detrimental to us all.

 

Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in America and around the world and if you think you’re safe from these crimes think again. Even large companies with intricate security networks are vulnerable, remember Target? Your identity has several vulnerability points that can be penetrated, medical records, DMV records, credit and social security as well.

 

With the rising threat of criminal activity on the rise here are 3 tips on how you can avoid identity theft while on holiday:

 

1. Practice Safe Online Shttps securehopping

Remember to never give out your personal information to an unsolicited email, only shop at trusted and known online stores that you trust. It can be tempting to shop at a new online store to get the holiday bargains. However, if you are not familiar with an online store and you cannot find reliable sources that have done business with this online retailer, then you are better off looking elsewhere. Make sure that the checkout area is secure by locating the closed and locked padlock on your web browser’s window frame. This will help to ensure that your identity is safe from identity thieves due to the encrypted security of the page.

 

Do not shop on a public computer or public wireless network. You cannot verify the security of a public computer or Wi-Fi network. Some may be infected with spyware that records each keystroke entered. So, even if you are using your own laptop on an unsecured public network, you could be giving ID thieves your credit card information.

 

2. Safeguard Your Credit Card & Debit atm skimmerCard Information

This holiday season, whenever you can, shop with cash to reduce the chances of identity theft. If you need to shop with a credit/debit card, only use ATMs you trust. Many identity thieves install card skimmers on ATMs in high-traffic areas to swipe your debit card information. Skimmers are virtually undetectable to the naked eye, so you won’t know you’re a victim of identity theft until you see the fraudulent charges on your statement-and by then it may be too late to recover the charges.

 

Remember that debit cards need daily monitoring. Ideally, you want to use ATMs in bank lobbies or other secure locations with video surveillance. Also, any time you use your ATM card (either to withdrawal cash or to make a purchase) shield your PIN number and card number from others.

 

3. Be Aware of Pick Pockets

Pick pockets are out in full force during the holiday shopping season. Gentlemen, put your wallet in your front pocket and ladies, carry a small purse close to your body (or avoid bringing one altogether). Keep an eye on your personal belongings at all times. A stealthy thief only needs a second to brush up against you and disappear into the crowd with your credit cards and IDs. Do not let your guard down: Identity thieves come in all shapes and sizes. Just because someone doesn’t fit your idea of what an ID thief may look like, don’t assume your information is safe.

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Don’t become another identity theft victim this holiday shopping season. Be alert and be smart. Take a few extra precautions, shop safely, and enjoy the holiday season!

 


 

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Clumsy Santa: Accidents Happen To Santa Too. [Win An iPad Air 2]

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The holidays, one of the best times of the year! A time when decorations, lights and Christmas trees are not only found in homes but in town squares and shopping malls all around the world. Though celebrated differently in a variety of cultures, Santa Claus seems to exist almost universally.

 

clumsy santa twitterThis year, Protect Your Bubble introduces Clumsy Santa! You see, Santa Claus, the maker and deliverer of toys and happiness, also happens to be a little “clumsy” when delivering his gifts to the many little girls and boys, and adults too. Accidents happen, even to Santa. However, part of Clumsy Santa’s mission is to help people protect their gifts and everything else that matters to them.

 

Be sure to follow Clumsy Santa on Twitter @ClumsySanta, where he will tell the tale of his sometimes accident-prone mission when making and delivering gifts this holiday season. You might even see a few tweets from Mrs. Claus, the elves, and even Rudolph!

 

The holidays are a time for family and celebration. The last thing anyone wants to do is worry about a broken present, especially if it was what you were hoping for, and oh by the way, this isn’t just about gifts such as smartphones, tablets, electronics, and appliances. Santa needs to protect his workshop and his sleigh from unwanted damage. Of course, Santa keeps a tight schedule when delivering his gifts, so we’ll want to help him stay on schedule and protect against any travel delays along the way.

 

Win an iPad Air 2!

You’re involved in this tale too. Santa has one gift that he’s going to make sure arrives intact. An iPad Air 2. Protect Your Bubble is giving this away in its Clumsy Santa Sweepstakes. Be sure to enter here by January 10, 2015.

 

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