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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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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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Top Holiday & Christmas Travel Destinations

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For some people, the holiday period during Christmas is a great opportunity to travel to an exotic destination due to the extended break. Those who like to explore cultural diversity, natural wonders, and deep-seated history often use the holiday period to fulfill their dreams abroad and escape cold wintery weather.

 

Here are our top five holiday global destinations where you can enjoy your holiday break.

 

South Africa

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This is a country which is famous for its wildlife. The amazing landscapes in South Africa are not just popular in the country but are famous throughout the world. Cities like Durban, Bloemfontein, and Johannesburg in South Africa are blessed with amazing natural beauty, wonderful landscapes, excellent infrastructure, and fast life. There is much to explore in South Africa and it will surely make your trip memorable.

 

New Zealand

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This country is famous for its emerald mountains and outstanding caves. Visitors from all over the globe visit New Zealand to explore the crashing caves which are found nowhere else in this world. New Zealand is a perfect holiday destination for the travelers who like exploring adventurous places. This country is also famous for caving, trekking, winter sports, bungee jumping, and glacier hiking. You can imagine yourself trekking through New Zealand as if you were Frodo yourself.

 

Sydney, Australia

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Australia might not be a traveler’s first thought of where to spend their Christmas break, but Sydney truly might be one of the most festive cities in the world. December in Australia is actually summertime, but don’t be fooled by the 80-degree temperatures; just like any other travel spot, Sydney spares no expense in creating a Christmas wonderland throughout the city. Some highlights include the enormous Christmas tree at Martin Place pedestrian mall , the dazzling holiday lights at Town Hall, and Christmas on the Green in Hyde Park, where an appearance by Santa delight youngsters and their parents.

 

Colombia

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This country is blessed with excellent natural beauty and is truly a top holiday destination where you can enjoy your vacation with your family or friends. Whether you are looking for high green mountains, sun soaked beaches or lively culture; you will find everything in this country. People who like shopping visit this excellent country and return with their bags filled. There are also many attractive and old museums in Colombia which is famous in and around the country.

 

Milan, Italy

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Milan is the hub of Italian culture, music, media, and sports. If you’re a fashionista then Milan is a must-visit destination due to its status as a fashion capital along with Paris and New York.  It has been an interesting and vibrant place since its inception as the capital of the western half of the Roman Empire. It was one of the most glorious of the Italian Comuni during the Middle Ages. With so many things to do and see, take the time to simply enjoy yourself – this is a destination that every traveler must have one their list.

 

There are numerous vacation destinations in this world where you can enjoy your holidays with your family or friends. If you are just fed up of your busy schedule and want to have a break then it is always better to plan a vacation for you and your loved ones to one of the top holiday destinations. It will not only relax your mind, but you will find yourself feeling fresh and alive again on returning back to the work.

 


 

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What is BYOD and Why is it Important?

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For many companies, the days of corporate-provided devices are over. Employees want to use the mobile devices they are most comfortable with – and they don’t want to have to worry about separate devices for home and work. To accommodate this growing trend, most employers allow implementing BYOD policies and allowing employees to “bring your own device” to work.

 
According to Software Providers, a business software consulting firm, the biggest problem with BYOD policies is security. When you use a mobile device for personal reasons, you may have some basic security in place to protect your passwords, photographs, and social media accounts. But when you bring this device to work and use it to access sensitive company information, additional security is needed.

 

To deal with this emerging threats to company data, employers have turned to security technology from many different companies, including:

• Airwatch
• Absolute
• Excitor
• Fiberlink MaaS360
• Afaria
• Zenprise
• McAfee
• FancyFon

 

Below, we’ll take a look at some of the issues surrounding BYOD security for companies and employees today.

 

Fear of Big Brother
When BYOD first became popular, employees balked employers having access to their personal data – and a say in what they could have or do on their personal devices. As a result, most businesses that implement BYOD now require employees and employers to sign an agreement that outlines their BYOD policies. These policies now focus on ensuring the security and privacy of employee as well as company data and activities.

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The mobile security providers listed above have evolved their functionality over the past few years. Now, they can monitor, secure and even wipe out company data, while still preserving personal data in the event of a security breach. This has helped establish and maintain trust between employers and employees, and helps employees to feel more secure in using personal devices at work.

 
Should you ban personal devices or invest in security software?
Some employers have attempted to ban the practice of BYOD rather than deal with the security issues it involves. However, some who have attempted this have found that it can cause more problems than just dealing with the issue head-on.

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The problem with banning BYOD policies is that it is difficult to achieve 100% compliance. It’s not that employees purposely want to put their employer at risk. But in today’s world, checking email on mobile devices – even outside of work hours – is commonplace. To ban such a practice puts both employees and employers at a serious disadvantage.
Because it’s that much harder to find and fix a security leak among personal devices without a structured BYOD policy, many employers have discovered that allowing BYOD – and enforcing strict policies for its use – is a better option. Then, security issues can be seen more clearly and dealt with more quickly.

 

If BYOD is banned and an employee checks his or her company email on a mobile device, IT specialists at that company may not even know it has happened. But if BYOD is allowed and a security monitoring system is in place, the IT department can monitor the devices and be better alerted to possible data breaches. This gives employers better control and better security.

 
Small expense, big reward
In today’s highly mobile world, employers should view BYOD security as a necessary expense, not a sunk cost. BYOD security, while costly up front, can save money in the long run. Security breaches can be devastating to a business – both economically and in terms of branding and PR. Put in those terms, BYOD security is a worthwhile investment.

 
Managers should research the security options that are available and make a choice based on their company’s specific needs. Instead of denying that device security is an issue, employers should face the issue head-on and proactively work to find a solution that both benefits employees and employers alike.

 


 

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