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Nervous About Flying? These Are the World's 20 Safest Airlines

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Flying is one of the safest modes of travel—far safer than riding in a car—but it's still reassuring to know the airline you're traveling with has top-notch credentials. Enter AirlineRatings, an Australian research site that releases a list of the world’s safest airlines each year. For those of you already planning a 2018 vacation, the publication just came out with this year’s top picks, according to CNN.

AirlineRatings uses airline crash records, fleet age, record of serious incidents, and government and industry audits to identify the 20 safest international airlines among 409 carriers. Below are the airlines that made the final cut this year. They were all ranked equally, so you'll be in good hands no matter which one you choose to fly with:

Air New Zealand
Alaska Airlines
All Nippon Airways
British Airways
Cathay Pacific Airways
Emirates
Etihad Airways
EVA Air
Finnair
Hawaiian Airlines
Japan Airlines
KLM
Lufthansa
Qantas
Royal Jordanian Airlines
Scandinavian Airline System
Singapore Airlines
Swiss
Virgin Atlantic
Virgin Australia

On the whole, 2017 was a safe year for air travel, as the BBC recently reported. According to airline industry data and aviation consultants, every single commercial passenger jet landed at its final destination, making it the safest year on record. Still, certain airlines are “standouts in the industry and are at the forefront of safety, innovation, and launching of new aircraft,” according to AirlineRatings. (We should note that Emirates did have a crash in 2016, but all the passengers got away safely—and one even won the lottery with a ticket he bought before boarding.)

In particular, AirlineRatings Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Thomas lauded respected legacy airlines like Hawaiian and Finnair, along with Australia’s Qantas, which “has been the lead airline in virtually every major operational safety advancement over the past 60 years and has not had a fatality in the jet era,” he said in a statement. Go ahead, board with confidence.

[h/t CNN]

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How to Spot the Convincing New Phishing Scam Targeting Netflix Users
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Netflix may send customers the occasional email, but these messages will never ask you to provide them with personal or payment info. You'll want to keep this in mind if you encounter a new phishing scam that The Daily Dot reports is targeting the video streaming service's subscribers in Australia and the UK.

MailGuard, an Australian email security company, was the first to take notice of the fraudulent emails. While similar scams have targeted Netflix users in the past, this current iteration appears to be more convincing than most. At first (and perhaps even second) glance, the messages appear to be legitimate messages from Netflix, with an authentic-looking sender email and the company’s signature red-and-white branding. The fake emails don’t contain telltale signs of a phishing attempt like misspelled words, irregular spacing, or urgent phrasing.

The subject line of the email informs recipients that their credit card info has been declined, and the body requests that customers click on a link to update their card's expiration date and CVV. Clicking leads to a portal where, in addition to the aforementioned details, individuals are prompted to provide their email address and full credit card number. After submitting this valuable info, they’re redirected to Netflix’s homepage.

So far, it’s unclear whether this phishing scheme has widely affected Netflix customers in the U.S., but thousands of people in both Australia and the U.K. have reportedly fallen prey to the effort.

To stay safe from phishing scams—Netflix-related or otherwise—remember to never, ever click on an email link unless you’re 100 percent sure it’s valid. And if you do end up getting duped, use this checklist as a guide to safeguard your compromised data.

[h/t The Daily Dot]

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7 Science-Backed Ways to Improve Your Memory
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Being cursed with a bad memory can yield snafus big and small, from forgetting your gym locker combination to routinely blowing deadlines. If your New Year's resolution was to be less forgetful in 2018, it's time to start training your brain. The infographic below, created by financial website Quid Corner and spotted by Lifehacker Australia, lists seven easy ways to boost memory retention.

Different techniques can be applied to different scenarios, whether you're preparing for a speech or simply trying to recall someone's phone number. For example, if you're trying to learn a language, try writing down words and phrases, as this activates your brain into paying more attention. "Chunking," or separating long digit strings into shorter units, is a helpful hack for memorizing number sequences. And those with a poetic bent can translate information into rhymes, as this helps our brains break down and retain sound structures.

Learn more tips by checking out the infographic below.

[h/t Lifehacker.com.au]

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