Be aware that a new malware threat can infect your USB flash drive, which in turn can cause catastrophic destruction to your computers and network.
A new threat called, "BadUSB" can be executed from any USB device, not just flash or backup drives (eg: USB keyboards).
To make matters worse, currently there is no way to defend yourself against the potential threat other than not to use USB devices.
Sure, you can use cloud storage for your non-sensitive data instead of USB backup drives. However, I don't trust storing my sensitive data where other people have access to it. Nor do I want to find out the place I chose to use ended up being the next place to be breached leaving your data vulnerable.
Even worse, BadUSB remains imperceptible to antivirus software and mobile security apps, and lives on even after the contents of the drive and devices have been deleted and reformatted. -Sara Angeles
Our twitter friend, Deia wrote an article on WiseBread, listing "10 Helpful Ways to Keep Your Laptop Safe While Traveling".
"Leaving your laptop at home is supposedly going to help you relax, but what if you're more anxious without your laptop? You may not be working during the trip, but there could be possible emergencies to handle. And let's not forget that a laptop can function as a travel agent, a guidebook, and an entertainment center, too." -Deia
Number 3 mentions using a laptop security cable. I've purchased and have used this brand from Amazon for several years. It's inexpensive, easy to use and built to last.
I'm a strong advocate of Deia's #6 idea to use a VPN. I've used a VPN since 2009 for daily home/office use and especially while traveling (more VPN articles).
You can find quite a few help videos on Keurig's website showing you how to clean your coffee maker.
However, Katie B. has a slight twist when cleaning your brewing system that might bring it back from the dead.
I wonder how many people have thrown away their coffee makers because they didn’t know how to clean a Keurig, particularly one that doesn’t pump water any more? -Katie B.
A VPN, or a Virtual Private Network, is a great tool to protect your privacy and security while you use the internet. Whether you're at home or using public Wi-Fi while traveling, the best combine great pricing with security features and privacy guarantees that make them worth your trust. -Alan Henry
This is definitely a much better reason to make sure that your phone's WiFi is shut off when you leave your house.
That includes the sites you visit, credit card information entered or saved on different sites, location data, usernames and passwords. Each phone has a unique identification number, or MAC address, which the drone uses to tie the traffic to the device. -Erika Fink
Millions of people use a VPN service to protect their privacy, but not all VPNs are as anonymous as one might hope. In fact, some VPN services log users' IP-addresses for weeks. To find out how secure VPNs really are TorrentFreak asked the leading providers about their logging policies, and more. -Ernesto
Nora Dunn's article on WiseBread gives you many simple but useful tactics that will help make your flying experience a breeze.
Sometimes, the time and process of just getting to — and through — the airport makes flying an agonizing experience. It doesn't have to be! Use these tips to get through the airport faster and join the ranks of savvy frequent flyers. -Nora Dunn
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