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We're often told that one of the best protections we can have for our data is to use end-to-end encryption when data is at rest and in-flight so, in the event data is lost either accidentally or though a malicious act, the potential damage is minimised. But a recent study of 331 individuals conducted by the pinion Institute and sponsored by Thales - who has a big business in encryption - says just 32% of Australians have an enterprise-wide encryption policy.

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Over the last few years, air travel and work have become a lot more compatible. While tray tables are still too small and seats are too close together, it’s possible to read a bunch of email and plough through some jobs. Phones can be used right up till take off and almost as soon as we land and in-flight Internet is common in the US and coming soon to Australia. But the US government’s decision to band anything larger than a mobile phone from flights operated by certain airlines operating out of the Arab world is bad news. And possibly the thin edge of the wedge.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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In a move that sounds convenient and a little terrifying, international travellers to Australia may not need a passport by 2020. Instead, our border security is looking to implement a biometric system that recognises faces, irises and/or fingerprints in place of printed IDs.

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If you're flying overseas in the next few days, we have some bad news for you: Australia's immigration and border protection workers are resuming strike action at major international airports around the country. This means your flight will probably be delayed. Here are the relevant dates and times for each Australian airport.