Going to Dubai? You May Want To Leave the Piercings Behind

Planning a vacation to Dubai? If so, you’ll want to remove any piercings on your body that make you look less than human.

Authorities at Dubai International Airport put a German national, named as Rolf Buchholz, back on a flight to where he had come from, preventing him from entering the country. According to a report in Emarat Al Youm, Rolf was sent back to Turkey.

Sources quoted in the report said the man was covered in piercings, holes in his faces and also had two ‘horns’ protruding from his forehead.

People at Dubai International Airport were horrified by his appearance, the report stated.

The man was reportedly coming to Dubai to make an appearance at a night club show which was to have strangest people in the world on display.

Rolf was attending as the person with the most number of holes in the face, ears and other parts of the body – a total of 453.
According to media reports, Rolf is a computer programmer who has had extensive plastic surgery to get this look.

Social media was rife speculation linking Rolf to black magic and Satanists. Rolf was recognised by the Guinness Book of Records in 2012 as the world’s most pierced man.

And in case you were wondering what 453 piercings looks like, behold.

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I’m sure his mother loves him.

2 Step Authentication is Your Friend

Do you use the same password on multiple computers? Have you kept using the same password for years? If the answer to both of these questions is “Yes”, then you’re asking to be hacked. But wait, you say, why would anyone want to hack me? I don’t have any secret information that anyone would want.

You’re right. You don’t. People could care less about the first picture taken of your newborn baby, your music folder, or the last episode of Mad Men you just downloaded and watched. You know who does care?

You do. And you would hate it if all of the stuff you love to save, a decade of photos, your entire music catalog, your banking information, your tax records, and your email archive went “poof” into thin air.

Forget about the rule of backing up. Few people really do it well, or do it at all. Apple’s Time Machine has helped, and now the cloud services from Google, Dropbox, Skydrive (and a slew of others) have made it easier to store things so you can get access from multiple machines and locations. Yet for all the advantages of simplicity, the only thing standing between you and someone whose main interest is wiping your devices clean is that password you thought up years ago. You know, the one that starts with the number 1 and ends with the number 6. Or the easiest password to remember — the word “password”. You’d be amazed how many people use “abc123”.

I’d like to say that my devices and online services have been completely secure for years. They haven’t been. I’d like to say that I’ve used distinct passwords. I haven’t. All of this changed today after I read this:

Yes, I was hacked. Hard.

This is the story of one Mat Honan, a recent employee of Gizmodo. Mat’s iPhone was reset, then, one by one, his other devices were wiped. Then his Google account was deleted. Then, his Twitter account was taken over.

All in a matter of minutes.

Read his story. Then, run out and enable 2 Step Authentication for your Google account. Change the passwords in the services you use to something other than “monkey”. Do it now. If you’re an IT geek, read up on Two-Factor Authentication. The wikipedia article should keep you busy for awhile.

Don’t be Mat.

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