Israel’s Northern Coast Under Threat of Massive Air Pollution

More than 2 years worth of pollution is expected to be released in 8 hours

Last week I visited friends in the sleepy northern coastal town of Atlit. People are friendly. Peaceful roads wind around leafy streets. Trains run close to the beach, and you hear the warning clang and the rumble as you go about your daily business. The beach is clean and quiet at this time of year. You can see a shadowy silhouette in the watery distance though; the Leviathan gas rig. You don’t pay it too much mind, it seems far enough away. The whole place has the charm of a small town in the 1960s. And the air – the air is fresh and sweet. 

But we don’t know how the fresh the air is going to be in Atlit, or indeed in any of the northern coastal towns, once the Leviathan gas platform starts … Read more

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Gmail’s encrypted email warning, what’s missing?

Gmail’s encrypted email warning is coming for emails that are sent and received through unsecured connections.  Earlier this month, Google released their Safer Email Transparency report, which reveals the strides made in email encryption between 2013 and 2015.  It’s very important to note that these strides specifically relate to the security of email data while it’s in transit between the sender and the recipient and not while it’s at rest in a user’s inbox or sent items…which is arguably where the data is at the highest risk of attack.

For a long time, it’s been recognised that email communication is unsecure and Google’s report uses the popular analogy that compares sending an email to sending a postcard in that the data is open to attack while it’s in transit; just think of a postman being able to read what’s written on a postcard.  Traditionally, like many communications, emails have been … Read more

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Travel Tech Safety: How to Protect Your Data When on Vacation

In a connected, digital and wireless world, your personal, financial, business and private information is at risk from hackers and other thieves.

The threat magnifies when you’re on vacation. With the great memories and rejuvenation of time away with family, friends or self comes vulnerability to less than secure technology. Below are some tips to protect your information and to make sure your business runs smoothly so you can enjoy vacation.

Back Up and Secure Before Departure

Your computer could be stolen, destroyed, crash, become infected with a virus or malfunction while you’re on vacation. Before you leave, back up the data, including emails you need or want to keep, using a hard drive, the cloud or a portable storage device.

Along with backup comes making sure would-be hacks or thieves can’t steal passwords or other sensitive information. Go into your browser’s settings options and follow the steps to remove Read more

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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{77abe934691bc9f0e5658a7ee6b88ebc438a340cda54c5613400e9750ebd8615} 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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