Whether you travel regularly with short little bursts around the country or are prone to long trips overseas to foreign markets, technology just made your life easier! How many times have you been in a new place and not understood the language or had no idea how to get to your destination and for some reason, needed a new hotel because the one you’d booked wasn’t to your liking or your reservation got lost in the shuffle? If you travel for business often, here are five apps every business traveler should have. As the old American Express slogan goes, “Don’t leave home without it!”
Not only is the Uber app a way to get a ‘taxi’ service cheaper than the typical city cabs in a number of countries around the globe, it is an app that you have on your phone that practically lets you control when you want to travel without being subjected to a dispatcher that either doesn’t speak the language or doesn’t care that you have a business meeting to attend. With Uber, you simply download the app to your mobile phone, follow the directions and within moments you’ve booked yourself a ride.
Then there is the language barrier in many cases. If you often travel to a foreign country and you don’t speak the first word of the language other than perhaps please and thank you, iTranslate will come in extremely handy. The client you are meeting with has a translator on site or they speak English fluently, but it’s the times in between meetings where you suffer the language barrier woes. This app is just for travelers like you.
One of the things that business travelers miss most when away from home is in having the ability to watch their favorite television shows. With a revolutionary new app, VIDGO TV, you can watch all your favorite shows no matter where you are as long as you have Internet access and a no-obligation pay-as-you-go VIDGO account. You can even watch local TV stations on VIDGO TV which means that you need never miss out on your favorite shows, even when in remote parts of the globe – that is, as long as you have a connection to the web.
Most of the time you will be working with a team back home or other remote workers as well. Evernote is a way you can keep notes in the Cloud so that you can refer to them later or team members in other locations can access them and jot notes to you as well. Working in the Cloud has become a way of life for travelers, but from scheduling to working with remote teams, Evernote keeps everyone on the same page, reading the same notes.
Then there are those times when you get halfway through your travels and find that you need to make a side trip or two. With TripIt you can plan your itinerary on the go because it is an app you can download to your cellphone and plot out every step of the way. From lodgings to dining, with TripIt you can plan your own way and then have it on hand to refer to as needed.
These are just five of the apps that every business traveler should have but they are five of the most useful you will encounter. From logistics to entertainment, everything you need to organize will be right there at your fingertips, making life a whole lot easier on the go. While you might also like a weather app or a GPS app, those are usually on your phone, factory installed so they aren’t entirely necessary. Looking forward to your next trip? Don’t leave home without these apps.
What Is It Like To Ride In A Supercar?
Driving in a high performance vehicle is an experience like no other. There are many types of supercar, and each of them have their own special characteristics. Curious about what it is like to ride in a supercar? Read on for a quick guide.
Supercars are vehicles that offer superior performance in terms of speed, power and precision. They can be classified into four key types and these are outlined below.
Think Rolls Royce and Mercedes-Benz. Think high powered vehicles created in limited editions. These supercars are often only around for a short while (one quirky example is the multi million dollar Batmobile limousine that was created, replete with Batman gadgets, in 2012 to commemorate the Batman movies and which is practically identical to that driven by Bruce Wayne on screen) so blink and you’ll miss them.
Some supercars are quite simply run of the mill vehicles that have been given new and more powerful engines or other additional features. The experience of driving one of these types of supercar can be pretty exhilarating. Your eyes tell you that you are just getting in to an ordinary Audi or Ford, but the power that you feel as you roar along the road and turn on a penny tells you something else…
Some manufacturers create supercars that are especially designed to appeal to supercar enthusiasts. Think engines with tiny little details that only the true aficionado will recognise. These kinds of supercars tend to be created by smaller manufacturers. Riding in one of these will excite your brain as well as your body!
These supercars are usually created by custom retrofitters. They tend to feature racing technology that is adapted for the street rather than the race track. As a result, these supercars are often the vehicle of choice for boy racers or anyone who wants to ramp up the power as they journey through the streets.
The feeling of driving a supercar
Driving a supercar can be described as a real adrenaline rush. Exhilaration, excitement and a sense of freedom will fill your mind as you experience the superior speed and accuracy of these vehicles. Be warned, though: once you have zoomed off into the distance in a supercar, your daily commute to work in your regular vehicle will seem even more boring than usual.
Why not take a super car for a spin yourself?
Don’t just take our word for it: why not see what it is like to drive a supercar yourself? With an Audi driving experience, you can drive a fantastic range of supercars around a race track for a small fee. These experiences also make brilliant gifts for car enthusiasts in your life.
In the 21st century, businesses are operating within an innovative, internet-centred, technology filled world. Unfortunately, as online interaction becomes fundamental in the world of business, hackers and fraudsters are continuously finding new ways to harm you and your customers. As such, online safety is paramount for all companies, but for none more-so than businesses in e-commerce.
As you celebrate your graduation from startup to SME, don’t forget that your e-commerce business will become more susceptible to online threats. In fact, small businesses are targeted more frequently than larger corporations, largely because the latter tends to invest in more extensive security procedures.
So how can you navigate this minefield and make your e-commerce site safe? To protect your SME, follow these tips:
Pay for Penetration Testing
More commonly referred to as a pen test, the purpose of penetration testing is to seek potential security problems and quantify threats. There are various types and formats of pen tests, but they all aim to find vulnerabilities which could be exploited by hackers.
Unlike other forms of security, a penetration test attempts to create an authentic breach. Professionals act like hackers, exploiting weaknesses and highlighting areas of concern without real-world damage. Once completed, you will be armed with new ways to protect your SME which can help to prevent any future hacks.
Tip: Always choose a pen test company with CREST accreditation, such as Nettitude
Think About the Payment Processes
One of the best ways to protect your SME against hackers, is to minimise the amount of data you store; if the information does not exist, a hacker cannot steal it. This is especially important in terms of payment.
There are a number of precautions that can be taken, including but not limited to: not giving customers the option of storing card information, directing customers to a secure third party gateway to process payments, and using encryption technology to prevent hackers from decrypting sensitive information.
Consider Cyber Insurance
Cyber insurance has been around for almost a decade, but has only recently become more common place. Also known as cyber liability, this insurance is essentially an emergency back-up plan.
Unfortunately, attacks are becoming more common and particularly for SMEs. Just as quickly as new software and deterrents are created, hackers are formulating innovative and sophisticated ways to break through. While there are steps you can take to secure your e-commerce business, should the worst happen, cyber insurance provides cover and protection when sensitive data is stolen.