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Never Fly Internationally with Your Personal Phone

I always fly internationally with a burner phone, no need to risk my personal data when I can’t even use my phone anyway.

Here is a scary story in Trump’s America.

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I always fly internationally with a burner phone, no need to risk my personal data when I can’t even use my phone anyway.

Here is a scary story in Trump’s America.

On January 30th, Sidd Bikkannavar, a US-born scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory flew back to Houston, Texas from Santiago, Chile.

On his way through the airport, Customs and Border Patrol agents pulled him aside. They searched him, then detained him in a room with a bunch of other people sleeping in cots. They eventually returned and said they’d release him if he told them the password to unlock his phone.

Bikkannavar explained that the phone belonged to NASA and had sensitive information on it, but his pleas fell on deaf ears. He eventually yielded and unlocked his phone. The agents left with his phone. Half an hour later, they returned, handed him his phone, and released him.

We’re going to discuss the legality of all of this, and what likely happened during that 30 minutes where Bikkannavar’s phone was unlocked and outside of his possession.

 

But before we do, take a moment to think about all the apps you have on your phone. Email? Facebook? Dropbox? Your browser? Signal? The history of everything you’ve ever done — everything you’ve ever searched, and everything you’ve ever said to anyone — is right there in those apps.

“We should treat personal electronic data with the same care and respect as weapons-grade plutoniumit is dangerous, long-lasting and once it has leaked there’s no getting it back.”Cory Doctorow

How many potentially incriminating things do you have lying around your home? If you’re like most people, the answer is probably zero. And yet police would need to go before a judge and establish probable cause before they could get a warrant to search your home.

What we’re seeing now is that anyone can be grabbed on their way through customs and forced to hand over the full contents of their digital life.

Companies like Elcomsoft make “forensic software” that can suck down all your photos, contacts — even passwords for your email and social media accounts — in a matter of minutes. Their customers include the police forces of various countries, militaries, and private security forces. They can use these tools to permanently archive everything there is to know about you. All they need is your unlocked phone.

“If one would give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest man, I would find something in them to have him hanged.” — Cardinal Richelieu in 1641

What’s the worst thing that could happen if the Customs and Border Patrol succeed in getting a hold of your unlocked phone? Well…

  • Think of all of the people you’ve ever called or emailed, and all the people you’re connected with on Facebook and LinkedIn. What are the chances that one of them has committed a serious crime, or will do so in the future?
  • Have you ever taken a photo at a protest, bought a controversial book on Amazon, or vented about an encounter with a police officer to a loved one? That information is now part of your permanent record, and could be dragged out as evidence against you if you ever end up in court.
  • There’s a movement within government to make all data from all departments available to all staff at a local, state, and federal level. The more places your data ends up, the larger a hacker’s “attack surface” is — that is, the more vulnerable your data is. A security breach in a single police station in the middle of nowhere could result in your data ending up in the hands of hackers — and potentially used against you from the shadows — for the rest of your life.

Wait a second. What about my fourth and fifth-amendment rights? Isn’t this illegal?

The fourth-amendment protects you against unreasonable search and seizure. The fifth-amendment protects you against self-incrimination.

If a police officer were to stop you on the street of America and ask you to unlock your phone and give it to them, these amendments would give you strong legal ground for refusing to do so.

But unfortunately, the US border isn’t technically the US, and you don’t have either of these rights at the border.

It’s totally legal for a US Customs and Border Patrol officer to ask you to unlock your phone and hand it over to them. And they can detain you indefinitely if you don’t. Even if you’re an American citizen.

The border is technically outside of US jurisdiction, in a sort of legal no-man’s-land. You have very few rights there. Barring the use of “excessive force,” agents can do whatever they want to you.

So my advice is to just do whatever they tell you, to and get through customs and on into the US as quickly as you can.

The US isn’t the only country that does this.

It’s only a matter of time before downloading the contents of people’s phones becomes a standard procedure for entering every country. This already happens in Canada. And you can bet that countries like China and Russia aren’t far behind.

“Never say anything in an electronic message that you wouldn’t want appearing, and attributed to you, in tomorrow morning’s front-page headline in the New York Times.”Colonel David Russell, former head of DARPA’s Information Processing Techniques Office

Since it’s illegal in most countries to profile individual travelers, customs officers will soon require everyone to do this.

The companies who make the software that downloads data from your phones are about to get a huge infusion of money from governments. Their software will get much faster — maybe requiring only a few seconds to download all of your most pertinent data from your phone.

If we do nothing to resist, pretty soon everyone will have to unlock their phone and hand it over to a customs agent while they’re getting their passport swiped.

Over time, this unparalleled intrusion into your personal privacy may come to feel as routine as taking off your shoes and putting them on a conveyer belt.

And with this single new procedure, all the hard work that Apple and Google have invested in encrypting the data on your phone — and fighting for your privacy in court — will be a completely moot point.

Governments will have succeeded in utterly circumventing decades of innovation in security and privacy protection. All by demanding you hand them the skeleton key to your life — your unlocked phone.

You can’t hand over a device that you don’t have.

When you travel internationally, you should leave your mobile phone and laptop at home. You can rent phones at most international airports that include data plans.

If you have family overseas, you can buy a second phone and laptop and leave them there at their home.

If you’re an employer, you can create a policy that your employees are not to bring devices with them during international travel. You can then issue them “loaner” laptops and phones once they enter the country.

Since most of our private data is stored in the cloud — and not on individual devices — you could also reset your phone to its factory settings before boarding an international flight. This process will also delete the keys necessary to unencrypt any residual data on your phone (iOS and Android fully encrypt your data).

This way, you could bring your physical phone with you, then reinstall apps and re-authenticate with them once you’ve arrived. If you’re asked to hand over your unlocked phone at the border, there won’t be any personal data on it. All your data will be safe behind the world-class security that Facebook, Google, Apple, Signal, and all these other companies use.

Is all this inconvenient? Absolutely. But it’s the only sane course of action when you consider the gravity of your data falling into the wrong hands.

If you bother locking your doors at night, you should bother securing your phone’s data during international travel.

This may upset Customs and Border Patrol agents, who are probably smart enough to realize that 85% of Americans now have smart phones, and probably 100% of the Americans who travel internationally have smart phones. They may choose to detain you anyway, and force you to give them passwords to various accounts manually. But there’s no easy way for them to know which services you use and which services you don’t use, or whether you have multiple accounts.

We live in an era of mass surveillance, where governments around the world are passing terrifying new anti-privacy laws every year.

“Those who are willing to surrender their freedom for security have always demanded that if they give up their full freedom it should also be taken from those not prepared to do so.”Friedrich Hayek

With a lot of hard work on our part, enlightenment will triumph. Privacy will be restored. And we will beat back the current climate of fear that’s confusing people into unnecessarily giving up their rights.

In the meantime, follow the Boy Scouts of America Motto: always be prepared. The next time you plan to cross a border, leave your phone at home.

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Navigating the Pathways of an RN Health Coach: A Journey of Wellness and Connection

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Embarking on the path of an RN Health Coach opens doors to a myriad of experiences, blending travel, wellness, and profound human connections. The journey of an RN Health Coach, intertwined with exploration and advocacy, is a testament to the transformative power of holistic nursing. In this exploration, we delve into the exhilarating expedition of an RN Health Coach, navigating through diverse landscapes while promoting health and vitality.

Exploring Cultural Health Practices

The journey of an RN Health Coach begins with an immersion into diverse cultural health practices. From the tranquil temples of Thailand to the bustling markets of Morocco, each destination unravels unique traditions deeply rooted in wellness. In this voyage, we embrace ancient healing modalities, herbal remedies, and holistic approaches to well-being.

In Thailand, the practice of Thai massage becomes a cornerstone, blending acupressure, Ayurvedic principles, and yoga postures. Amidst the soothing ambiance of lemongrass and nature’s symphony, we witness the rejuvenating effects of this ancient tradition on both body and mind. Similarly, in Japan, we embrace Shinrin-yoku, the ritual of forest bathing, surrounded by the healing power of nature.

Promoting Wellness in Remote Communities

Beyond the allure of exotic wellness practices, the role of an RN Health Coach extends to remote communities with limited access to healthcare. Venturing into rugged terrains and vast expanses, we strive to reach those in need. In rural villages nestled amidst the Himalayas or deep within the Amazon rainforest, we collaborate with local healers and community leaders to address prevalent health challenges.

Through education initiatives and preventive care programs, we empower individuals to take charge of their health. By bridging modern medical knowledge with traditional wisdom, we aim to foster a culture of holistic wellness that respects both heritage and innovation.

Embarking on Wellness Retreats

As an RN Health Coach, we curate immersive wellness retreats that blend travel with transformative experiences. From secluded yoga retreats in Costa Rica to mindfulness workshops in Bali, these sanctuaries offer a haven for self-discovery and renewal. Nestled amidst lush tropical landscapes, participants embark on a journey of introspection and self-care, guided by expert practitioners.

Through daily yoga sessions, meditation practices, and nutritious cuisine, guests rejuvenate their bodies, minds, and spirits, emerging with a renewed sense of vitality and purpose.

Fostering Global Health Advocacy

Beyond individual wellness pursuits, the journey of an RN Health Coach encompasses a broader mission of global health advocacy. Whether advocating for clean water access in remote villages or promoting vaccination initiatives in underserved communities, we strive to create positive change on a global scale.

Through partnerships with local organizations and international aid agencies, we leverage our expertise to address pressing health issues. By advocating for equitable healthcare systems and promoting health literacy, we endeavor to build a healthier, more resilient world for future generations.

The journey of an RN Health Coach is a dynamic odyssey that transcends borders, cultures, and conventional boundaries. From exploring ancient healing traditions to empowering communities with vital healthcare resources, every step of the journey is imbued with purpose and passion.

As we traverse the globe, we embody the principles of holistic wellness, fostering a deeper connection to ourselves, our surroundings, and the diverse tapestry of humanity. Through our travels, we inspire others to embark on their own journey towards optimal health and well-being, embracing the exciting adventure that awaits on the path to wellness.

So, whether you’re embarking on a pilgrimage to distant lands or embarking on a personal journey of self-discovery, remember that the journey of an RN Health Coach is a testament to the transformative power of travel, wellness, and the indomitable human spirit.

For those aspiring to start a transformative journey into holistic nurse coaching, consider joining The Nurse Coach Collective and enrolling in their comprehensive Transformative Nurse Coach 7-month Program.

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Embarking on the dynamic journey as an RN Health Coach opens doors to a world of exploration, cultural immersion, and profound human connections. Whether traversing distant lands or working within local communities, the role of an RN Health Coach intertwines travel with the pursuit of holistic wellness. In this article, we embark on an exhilarating expedition, navigating through diverse landscapes while promoting health and vitality.

Exploring Diverse Cultural Health Practices

The journey as an RN Health Coach provides a unique opportunity to immerse in diverse cultural health practices worldwide. From the serene temples of Thailand to the vibrant markets of Morocco, each destination unveils traditions deeply rooted in wellness. Traversing these landscapes, we gain insights into ancient healing modalities, herbal remedies, and holistic approaches to well-being.

In Thailand, we may practice Thai massage, a therapeutic technique combining acupressure, Ayurvedic principles, and assisted yoga postures. Amidst the fragrant lemongrass and soothing sounds of nature, we witness firsthand the rejuvenating effects of this tradition on body and mind. Similarly, in Japan, embracing the ritual of forest bathing (Shinrin-yoku) amidst towering cedar trees reconnects us with nature’s healing power, reducing stress and enhancing well-being.

Promoting Wellness in Remote Communities

Beyond exotic practices, the role of an RN Health Coach extends to remote communities lacking access to healthcare. Venturing off the beaten path, we navigate rugged terrain to reach those in need. In Himalayan villages, we collaborate with local healers and leaders to address prevalent health challenges, empowering individuals through education and preventive care.

In the Amazon rainforest, we work alongside indigenous tribes, bridging modern medical knowledge with traditional healing practices. By fostering a culture of holistic wellness that respects tradition and innovation, we strive to make a lasting impact on global health.

Curating Immersive Wellness Retreats

As RN Health Coaches, we curate immersive wellness retreats combining travel with transformative experiences. From secluded yoga retreats in Costa Rica to mindfulness workshops in Bali, these sanctuaries offer havens for self-discovery and renewal amidst lush tropical landscapes.

Guided by expert practitioners, participants engage in daily yoga sessions, meditation practices, and nutritious cuisine, emerging rejuvenated in body, mind, and spirit.

Fostering Global Health Advocacy

Beyond individual pursuits, the journey of an RN Health Coach encompasses global health advocacy. Through partnerships with local and international organizations, we address pressing health issues and promote equitable healthcare systems worldwide.

By advocating for health literacy and access to vital resources, we strive to build a healthier, more resilient world for future generations.

Embodying Purpose and Passion

The journey of an RN Health Coach is a dynamic odyssey that transcends borders and conventional boundaries. Every step, from exploring ancient healing traditions to empowering communities, is imbued with purpose and passion.

As we traverse the globe, we inspire others to embark on their own journey towards optimal health and well-being. Whether on a pilgrimage or a personal quest for self-discovery, the journey of an RN Health Coach exemplifies the transformative power of travel, wellness, and the human spirit.

For those aspiring to embark on this transformative journey, consider joining The Nurse Coach Collective and enrolling in their comprehensive Transformative Nurse Coach 7-month Program.

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Finding The Right Care: Mental Health Care Options

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Mental health care is a critical aspect of healthcare, and it involves providing necessary support to individuals experiencing mental illness. Mental illnesses affect people in different ways, and they can range from mild to severe forms that require immediate medical attention. Finding the right care for mental health issues requires an understanding of available treatment options and how each option addresses specific mental conditions.

The process of finding appropriate mental health care may be challenging due to various factors such as stigma associated with seeking help, limited financial resources, lack of information on available services, among others. However, identifying suitable treatment options remains crucial for those experiencing mental distress or disorders. This article explores the different types of mental health treatments available and provides insight into finding the right type of care based on individual needs.

Types Of Mental Health Treatments

Mental health treatments can be categorized as either inpatient or outpatient care. Inpatient care involves staying at a hospital, residential treatment center, or other facility for an extended period of time to receive intensive mental health services. Outpatient care, on the other hand, does not require the patient to stay overnight and can include therapy sessions with a licensed mental health professional.

Group therapy is one type of outpatient care that has many benefits. Group therapy allows individuals to connect with others who are experiencing similar struggles and provides a supportive environment where they can share experiences and learn coping strategies together. It also helps patients develop social skills and improve communication abilities while reducing feelings of isolation. Additionally, group therapy typically costs less than individual therapy sessions which makes it more accessible for those who may not have insurance coverage or limited financial resources.

Psychotherapy Options

Moving on from the different types of mental health treatments, it is important to explore the various psychotherapy options available. Psychotherapy involves talking with a licensed therapist who can help identify and treat emotional and behavioral issues. It is often used in conjunction with medication or other forms of treatment for maximum effectiveness.

Group therapy benefits include learning from others who are going through similar experiences, practicing social skills in a safe environment, receiving support and encouragement from peers, and experiencing a sense of community. On the other hand, individual therapy allows for more personalized attention and tailored treatment plans specific to each individual’s needs. The therapist works one-on-one with the patient to address their unique challenges and concerns. While group therapy may be more cost-effective and provide additional support, individual therapy offers greater privacy and flexibility in scheduling appointments. Ultimately, the decision between group therapy versus individual therapy depends on personal preferences and the severity of the mental health condition being treated.

Medication Options

Medication options are a common form of treatment for mental health conditions. These medications work by altering the chemical balance in the brain, which can help alleviate symptoms such as anxiety and depression. However, it is important to note that medication is not necessarily the best option for everyone.

One consideration when deciding on medication is the potential long-term effects. Some medications may have beneficial effects over an extended period of time, while others may require frequent dosage adjustments or lose efficacy over time. Additionally, some individuals may experience side effects from certain medications, which can range from mild to severe. It is essential to discuss these factors with a healthcare provider before starting any medication regimen to ensure that the benefits outweigh potential risks or drawbacks.

Alternative Therapies

Holistic approaches to mental health care have gained increasing attention in recent years, as people seek alternative therapies beyond traditional medication and psychotherapy. These approaches aim to treat the whole person – mind, body, and spirit – rather than just addressing symptoms of mental illness. Examples of holistic approaches include yoga, meditation, acupuncture, chiropractic therapy, massage therapy, herbal supplements and aromatherapy.

Self-care techniques are another valuable way to supplement traditional mental health treatment options. They empower individuals with skills they can use daily to improve their own well-being. Common self-care practices include exercise or physical activity, healthy eating habits, getting adequate sleep each night and practicing stress-reducing activities like journaling or spending time outdoors. In addition to improving overall health outcomes for those living with mental illness, these self-care strategies may also help reduce dependence on medications and other forms of medical intervention over time.

Finding The Right Type Of Care For You

Individuals seeking mental health care may find it challenging to determine the right type of care that suits their needs. It is crucial to understand and recognize the available options in order to make informed decisions about mental healthcare. One option for those who prefer a more community-based approach is support groups. Support groups offer a safe space where individuals can share experiences with others, discuss challenges, and provide mutual encouragement and help each other cope with mental health issues.

Another important aspect of finding the right type of care is self-care techniques. Self-care refers to activities or habits that are performed deliberately and consistently by an individual to promote physical, emotional, and psychological well-being. These include but are not limited to meditation, exercise, journaling, healthy eating habits, sleep hygiene practices, among others. Taking time for self-care can improve one’s overall quality of life and reduce stress levels which are often triggers for worsening mental health symptoms.

Overall, identifying the appropriate form of mental health care requires careful consideration of various factors such as personal preference, severity of symptoms, cost considerations, among others. Whether you choose support groups or prioritize your own self-care routine; taking steps towards prioritizing your mental wellbeing will ultimately lead to positive outcomes in all aspects of your life. You can start searching for mental health care with keywords mental health care near me.

Conclusion

Mental health care is an essential aspect of overall well-being, but it can be challenging to navigate the various options available. From cost and insurance coverage to potential side effects and remote access, there are many factors to consider when seeking mental health treatment.

Despite these challenges, finding the right care is possible with research and advocacy for oneself. It may take time to find a provider who understands one’s specific needs and experiences, but this effort is worth taking. Mental health care should not be stigmatized or overlooked – just like physical health care, it requires attention and support from both individuals and society as a whole.

Through increased awareness and education about mental health care options, we can create a more compassionate world where everyone has access to effective treatment. Whether through therapy sessions or online support groups, finding the right resources can help individuals achieve their full potential in all areas of life. With dedication and perseverance, anyone can overcome the obstacles that stand between them and their mental wellness.

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