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While on a vacation, while it is important to have fun and recharge oneself, taking care of the essential travel documents, like the passport, is equally vital.
“Many times, when we go out on a vacation, we generally get into trouble if our passport or credit card is lost. And at last, our whole excitement of the trip flows out. If asked, how important this B7 sized paper sheet is to any traveller, the probable answer for this is that without passport a traveller’s ID is nil. If you need to cross borders, you have to have them. After all, many passports alone allow visa-free entry to several nations,” Shikhar Aggarwal, JMD, BLS International told IANSlife.
Here’s what he suggests to shield your passport, when you’re out for a vacation anywhere in the world.
Conceal it safely
On vacation, it is not wise to carry a passport in your pocket when you go sightseeing or out of the hotel. Opt for a flat money belt, which can be fixed at your waist and you can conceal it under your clothing. Try a travel wallet than can hold your valuable cards and emergency cash at the same place.
Get familiar with your rights
For sure you may need your original passport to cross borders and to clear airport security and immigration. But, there are some cases where you may be asked to produce your ID card internationally, and showing up a photocopy of your passport or international driver’s license is just sufficient. This will help guard you against theft or loss of these essential documents.
Lock it well
In your hotel, check if your hotel room is equipped with a safe. If not, ask the front desk team to provide you with one, where you can store all your valuables and documents. Worst case scenario, secure your bag with a travel lock.
Copies are always a lifesaver
Make a number of a photocopy of your passport. Most importantly, copy the most important page of your passport which has your photo, full name and unique passport number over it. You can leave one copy of your passport at your residence or with close friends or relatives or even share it with other co-travellers of your confidence.
Fortify your passport
Whenever we talk about passport safety, it is in terms of theft. But there is another hidden factor from which your passport should be saved — weather and climate. Humid and cloggy weather can harm the pages of your passport. So, always try to keep your passport at a cool and dry place. Try to shield it with a waterproof cover. One or two drops of water or any fluid is fine but if the whole information page is damaged by liquid, then your passport has to be replaced immediately.
For the sake of replacement in an emergency, it is advisable for you to carry extra passport size photos with you. Also, never try to get in the the habit of keeping cash and passport in the same wallet, as some pickpockets may target you and you may lose this vital document just for some amount of cash in that wallet.
Embassies to your rescue
In case nothing comes to your mind, don’t panic and head to the nearest embassy or consulate of your country to make a replacement request for your passport. When on vacation, the embassy of your country is there to serve you better. You just need to make an application to your countries consular and they will issue an “Emergency Certificate” after you present a valid reason for that. You won’t be able to travel further and have to return back to your country in a very short span of time. (IANS)
The pandemic brought about a global boom of entrepreneurship in 2020. Thousands of small businesses launched in the UK last year, and many were very successful. Some businesses started as passion projects, while others aimed to fill a hole in the pandemic market. Services and products, like at-home workouts, popped up all over social media from new and exciting businesses. The pandemic left many Brits financially unstable and scared for the future of their career. Launching their own business gave them something to focus on again and a small amount of income.
The Financial Times reported that the number of registered companies in the UK increased by 30% in 2020. As the world returns to normal, it will be interesting to see how these new businesses approach the post-pandemic world.
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If you have just set up a new business, here are some essential marketing tips to get the ball rolling:
Exploit social media
Social media is one of the most effective marketing platforms available. You can connect with a global audience for free and market your product or service to them. Post consistently and use high-quality imaging to catch your audience's attention. Engage with potential customers by replying to direct messages, comments, shares and likes. Use a few platforms to maximise your exposure and create a strong brand identity.
You can connect with a global audience for free and market your product or service to them. | Photo by Alexander Shatov on Unsplash
Network as much as you can
Networking is a vital part of business, and you can do it on and offline. Use sites like LinkedIn to connect with fellow entrepreneurs and those in different industries. Reach out to them directly and ask about their company or role. You might be surprised by how much you can learn from one conversation. Once in-person events return, you should look to make the most out of meeting people in your industry. You might find brands to collaborate with or a mentor to learn from. Make sure to hand out your business cards at the event so people can get in touch with you in the future.
Networking is a vital part of business, and you can do it on and offline. | Photo by Chris Montgomery on Unsplash
Create a blog
You need to be an expert in your industry. Create a blog and share your journey of learning to be a business owner. You can share your expertise and why you started the company, which other entrepreneurs can read and learn from. Your knowledge and experience might be extremely helpful for those just starting out. Use a range of marketing techniques to launch your business into the next phase.
Use a range of marketing techniques to launch your business into the next phase. | Photo by Sincerely Media on Unsplash
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One of Indias fast growing Direct To Consumer (DTC) beauty and personal care brands, MyGlamm, launches its national TVC around the message 'All Natural #NoNasties today with actress Shraddha Kapoor, who is also an investor in the brand.
Kapoor who has a great millennial and Gen Z connect introduces 'My SUPERFOODS Kajal' which has No Parabens, No Mineral Oils, No Nasties while still being long-lasting and smudge-free and made with the goodness of nature. This is followed by many girls trying applying the kajal with confidence and while highlighting the ingredients Avocado Oil, Goji Berries, Vitamin E and Sunflower Seed Oil.
Commenting on the campaign, Apratim Majumder, CMO, MyGlamm says "Women have been telling us about what they want from their beauty products for a while now. Wikimedia Commons
The brand focuses on creating quality products that are high efficacy made with all-natural and no chemicals in the formulae. his campaign follows the #TellMyGlammWhatYouWant campaign where women logged in to tell the company what they wanted from their beauty products. It aims to establish a beauty democracy by giving consumers the power to tell the brand what they want thus changing the entire experience of how women buy beauty products in India.
Commenting on the campaign, Apratim Majumder, CMO, MyGlamm says "Women have been telling us about what they want from their beauty products for a while now. We have been innovating to serve those needs with products. When they told us that they want a kajal that is not only long-lasting and smudge-proof but also takes care of their eyes, we knew we had to do this. The campaign is about telling everyone out there who told us they need a kajal that cares, MyGlamm Superfoods Kajal is here for you! The campaign debued on MyGlamm's social channels- YouTube & Instagram on September 16. (IANS/ MBI)
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Phishing attacks targeting organisations rose up considerably during the pandemic, as millions of employees working from home became a prime target for cybercriminals. A large majority (83 per cent) of IT teams in India said the number of phishing emails targeting their employees increased during 2020, according to a report by UK-based cybersecurity firm Sophos on Monday.
"It can be tempting for organisations to see phishing attacks as a relatively low-level threat, but that underestimates their power. Phishing is often the first step in a complex, multi-stage attack. According to Sophos Rapid Response, attackers frequently use phishing emails to trick users into installing malware or sharing credentials that provide access to the corporate network," Sophos' Principal Research Scientist, Chester Wisniewski said in a statement. The findings also reveal that there is a lack of common understanding about the definition of phishing. For instance, 67 per cent of IT teams in India associate phishing with emails that falsely claim to be from a legitimate organisation, and which are usually combined with a threat or request for information.
The findings also reveal that there is a lack of common understanding about the definition of phishing. | Pixabay
As many as 61 per cent consider Business Email Compromise (BEC) attacks to be phishing, and half of the respondents (50 per cent) think threadjacking - when attackers insert themselves into a legitimate email thread as part of an attack - is phishing. Most of the organisations in India (98 per cent) have implemented cybersecurity awareness programmes to combat phishing. Respondents said they use computer-based training programmes (67 per cent), human-led training programmes (60 per cent), and phishing simulations (51 per cent).
Four-fifths of Indian organisations assess the impact of their awareness programme through the number of phishing-related tickets raised with IT, followed by the level of reporting of phishing emails by users (77 per cent) and click rates on phishing emails (60 per cent). All the organisations surveyed (100 per cent) in Delhi, Hyderabad, and Kolkata say they have a cybersecurity awareness programme in place. This was followed by Chennai where 97 per cent have such programmes, and then, Bengaluru and Mumbai at 96 per cent each. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: programmes, organisation, emails, phishing