The Mediterranean Sea natural gas purge starts amid protests in Israel

Updated in 2019, a picture of the Levithan rig

Israel’s largest energy project, headed by Noble Energy, started production on Tuesday. It is a natural gas well only 10 kilometers or 7 miles from shore, near the coast of Haifa. This is the first step in a multi-billion dollar natural gas export deal with countries like Egypt and Jordan that will start in the next weeks. 

Families with young children and pregnant women were looking for shelter in Tel Aviv for fear that exposure to the natural gas pollution might cause long term damage to their fetuses and children. Risks from release at sea are highlighted in this PDF developed by the EU

But due to Israel’s unusual security constraints –- or threats by Al Qaeda and the Hezbollah –– it had to build its gas rig much closer to shore than deemed environmentally safe by some country’s standards. … Read more

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday email encryption special offer

Protect your data, protect your business

Using the Jumble discount code CYBER50, you can get 50% off Jumble’s simple email encryption business basic plan for 3-months for you and your entire company.  Jumble provides one-click email encryption that’s secure, easy to set-up and simple to use.

Black Friday “officially” commenced on the 27th November, but many online retailers offered their discounted deals in the run up to Thanksgiving and the hysteria is expected to continue until at least Cyber Monday.  These huge online retail days are no longer just a US tradition as they have gone global with shoppers from all over the world looking to get a deal.  Unfortunately, it will not only be shoppers looking for a great deal as online thieves and hackers target vulnerable retailers and shoppers in the search of their next big “deal”!  Businesses and consumers should also stay alert of online scams … Read more

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Digital Defender: 5 Keys to Securing Your Company’s Firewall

Firewalls are the first line of security for your company network. Firewalls monitor and filter incoming and outgoing traffic.

Missing or interrupted firewall services could mean breaches, viruses, and more. To ensure the safety of your infrastructure, it’s important to install and maintain your firewalls. Here are five tips for effective firewall protection.

1. Tweak the Settings

Most firewall software can be configured with different settings or options to best meet your needs.

For instance, you can schedule software uptimes to run at a specific time to minimize any inconvenience, though the computer it’s installed to has to be turned on.

You can also restrict specific internal programs from accessing the internet, or outside sources from accessing your network or devices like printers. Whether certain sources can accept or send data, or both, is up to you.

2. Keep Settings Consistent

Users on your business network may be accessing the … Read more

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What are the Health Costs of Israeli Energy Security?

Last Tuesday, the consortium behind the Leviathan gas production facility declared “an historic turning point in the history of the Israeli economy” when – a decade after its discovery – the enormous offshore natural gas field started production.  A joint press release from operating partners Noble Energy, Ratio, and Delek Drilling said that production is expected to lead to an immediate reduction in domestic electricity prices and the start of exports, “For the first time in its history, Israel is poised to become a significant natural gas exporter”.  But rather than applauding potential low energy costs and increased national energy security, residents living near the gas platform abandoned their homes for a day of peaceful protest in Tel Aviv.

“We don’t want to play Russian roulette with our children’s health,” said Shlomit Valensi, a Homeland Guards member who lives in Dor, a beachfront community adjoining a nature reserve about 15 … Read more

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Encrypt email with Jumble’s easy to use plug-in

Why you should encrypt email

Email is great – it allows you to communicate quickly and simply.  Unfortunately, with our lives being conducted more and more online criminals have moved online also and your email is prime target for them.  Every day criminals hack large numbers of email accounts to glean personal data that can be used to access bank accounts or perpetrate identity theft.  Email security has never been so important but the process to encrypt email in order to secure data is no easy task.

How to encrypt email

You can secure the connection as you send and receive emails with SSL encryption, but this only works for the few seconds an email is in transit.   You can secure the email for its entire life by using end-to-end encryption.  Unfortunately, end-to-end encryption usually involves generating cryptographic keys and exchanging them with the recipients before the email can … Read more

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