IT & Networking

Manual force scan & device reboot

You have installed an internet cyber protection on your device? Mobile, laptop or desktop? Do you push for manual Operation System and apps/software updates? Do you apply the basic cyber protection while traveling and working from home? Great! You are doing good!

But there is still something else, many times ignored:

despite the fact that your internet protection is active and scanning in real time whatever is IN or OUT and happening in your device, there might be still a problem: like the zero-day vulnerability , antivirus databases not updated or updated with an inaccurate database.

Therefore, make a good habit and at least, one time every two weeks run a quick scan, and once a month, run a full scan with your antivirus/antimalware application.

A file or application recently downloaded might be credited as “clean” at the time of first scanning but assessed as “dangerous” at a later stage, simply because the cyber-protection database is updating constantly and files considered good… now are bad.

And yes, make a habit to reboot your device (laptop, desktop, tablet, including mobile phones and smart watches). You will enjoy a better & faster functionality!

Be cyber-safe!

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Tip & Tips on SuperYachts

As per Merriam-Webster online dictionary, “TIP” is, among many other meanings, “to give a gratuity to”.

Cambridge Dictionary define it as “to give someone who has provided you with a service an extra amount of money to thank them“.

In plain words, tip is when you give some extra money, besides the official charge for that service, because you liked that service. You liked her smile, you liked his skills and professionalism showed above average, you like the way how she presented you the menu or the tips in how to spend your time in the area etc.

In my opinion, if the tip is compulsory…. there is lost the meaning of “above average service”! The guest or client will pay anyway so… what for to give some extra mile in providing the service. On the other side, if you’ll get the tip only if you are really good in the job you do, then we are talking about competition and performance.

Giving a tip is encountered almost everywhere. In some places, is a norm, almost compulsory. In other places… is seen as bit unusual.

In the superyachts, as well as in the cruise ships, industry tip is a big, big attraction for the old crew and greenies alike. Apart from the monthly wage, tip is sometimes mentioned by the Crewing Agency during the employment procedure. But be aware of what you sign as it may state very clear some words, as “Owner or Master discretionary” for example.

Tips might be is mentioned also during various training courses (especially for greenies), as a stimulus in paying the fees & joining the classes. Please… be aware of trainers which are promoting “onboard tips guarantee” during their classes. Is not such guarantee, it is a pure BS! Stay aware of those so-called experienced “trainers”.

So, let’s clarify the myth of “tips on superyachts”.

First of all, there are 3 categories of yachts (in the meaning of operational status): private yachts, chartered yachts, and mixed private-charter yachts.

A private yacht is a vessel owned by a person (or family). Crew is getting their monthly wages. Sometimes, under solely discretion of the Owner, a tip may be given.

A charter yacht – is a vessel managed by a company, who is chartering it to another party (a person, a group, a company) for a certain period of time and under certain terms and conditions. The crew is payed monthly (on-charter or off-charter), but during the on-charter time, an extra money is received. In few words, an equivalent of XX percentage of the chartering fee is representing the tips for crew. Which is spread among the crew but in various amounts for each crew, based of the internal procedures established by the Master and Management.

And there is the mixed, private-charter yacht, which is somehow similar with the charter yachts. With monthly wages and variable tips.

And here is coming the interesting, sometimes unclear or even unfair part of tips distribution onboard:

  • everybody is getting a tip, even when you are in vacation (as equal part with your rotational team). Everybody is happy, everybody is working hard 365 days a year/30days a month/7days a week/24 hrs a day.
  • you might get tip only while onboard. When in vacation… you are skipped. Which is a bit unpleasant (and definitely, unfair), especially when you work very hard to get the vessel ready for the charter but your vacation is due just before the charter to start.
  • you might work onboard during the charter but… the tips is purely discretionary and you (and others) is out of the list. Simply because your job is somehow in the background (engine, galley, laundry) and you are not seen by the Guests. Yes… unfair and very demotivating!

Few advices for crew, experienced or greenies:

  • the fact that you get a tip does not make you better, more cunning or superior to any other crew on the Planet! You are just lucky to be have that job. Do it good, be professional. Be humbled! That’s all.
  • never ever show off with your tip… Is yours, you worked hard for it, good. Keep it in your pocket. Shows a huge luck of education and respect towards the others to flutter your money!
  • tips or no tips, you are a professional. Don’t step over your crew-mates or credit yourself a job just to be in the front of the Guests or Owner… Remember, respect last longer than money!

Be safe, be always professional & keep smiling!

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CyberOps IT & Networking

3 basic steps to enhance your cyber-travel protection

The internet is full of competent advices in how to stay cyber-protected while surfing and browsing the world wide web.

In this very short guide, I will show you 3 very basic and very simple tricks to enhance your cybersecurity, on mobile, desktop or laptop device. Are free and easy to implement.

So, let’s begin:

  1. VPN: you heard about Virtual Private Network which is doing exactly what is saying: is placing your traffic inside of a tunnel between you and your final destination, via a Domain Name System provider. Trustable providers: CloudFlareWARP or ProtonVPN (free or payed). I strongly recommend to have VPN installed (at least 2-3 options, because in some countries you may face heavy or random difficulties to use them) and activated at all the time! Not only when travelling or performing online banking or shopping but 24/7/365. Not all VPN’s are equal good, some of them are well known for selling your traffic data to some other parties.

2. DNS – the 1st step after joining a network, change your default DNS to (part of Cloudflare), · ( part of Cisco), or (Quad9). The instructions are quite easy to follow and takes few minutes to be implemented.

3. Internet protection: no matter what OS or device you are using, the cyber-protection is a must. Don’t be a cheap bastard! If you pay couple of good hundreds of euros for a device, you’ll have some “peanuts” money for a yearly subscription. Don’t think that if you are not a high profile VIP or important CEO, your data are less valuable! You have phone contacts & emails (see the email phishing attack in 2021), pictures… private stuff! You should take care of your digital data as much as you take care of your real life! Bitdefender is one of the recommended AV options. Also, you can consult AV Comparatives if you are looking for another trustful option.

Keep in mind that there is no perfect and complete cybersecurity protection! You, the user, are playing a very important role too in staying safe in the wild cyber World.

For consulting & support, contact me as listed on the main Cyber-Cerber page.

Stay safe!


Manually Apps store & OS updates

Even if you have the setting on auto-updates, make a habit in manually forcing your App store (iOS or Android) to download & install updates for all your installed applications.

The speed of spreading the malware is incredible and sometimes, many times in fact, patches are released with immediate application.

Do the same good habit for Windows updates or macOS updates.

Do it one time, two times a week. It takes few seconds to see if your Apps or iOS/macOS/Android/Windows is up-to date.

Seconds which may save your virtual life. And sometimes, your real life too.


Screen Privacy Protector

In a World where privacy issues are getting bigger and bigger, sometimes small and simple solutions may have a big positive impact.

In the below video, I ran a small test. Devices: a laptop (Macbook Pro M1) and an iPhone 12 Pro Max. Both with Belkin privacy screen protector.

Screen intensity on both devices: approx 75%.

You’ll be pleasantly surprised to see that bystanders are not able to spy (with or without bad intentions) your screen. The 30 degrees view angle is excellent and is doing its job. For the mobile phone, the touch feeling and response is very good, plus the scratch protection included.

Installation on both laptop & mobile – very easy. And very important – with no air bubbles left between the screen and the protection foil.

Cybersecurity & personal privacy are not a joke anymore! Treat them with maximum responsibility!

For more info & advices, stay tuned on Cyber-Cerber.

AVIT on Superyachts


Continuing our first blog into the AVIT engineer/officer on superyachts , now will guide you thru a basic description of a very common (unfortunately), still yet, mixed up between AVIT and ETO titles.

You may find various good descriptions of the jobs as on WilsonHalligan website. Unfortunately, many recruiters are still posting AVIT and ETO jobs positions with mixed up titles & duties, making the novice job-hunters quite confused.

AVIT – is the officer/engineer onboard in charge of the entire Audio-Video entertaining equipment and IT/Networking plus Satellite Comms (Vsat/TVRO). And everything between, starting from the CCTV to DJ consoles, from direct customer service to contractors, refit & shipyard planning.

These days… is one of the most important positions onboard simply because almost our entirely business & life goes thru the cyber-world internet. Your VVIPs may nicely survive a couple of hours without AC or toilette system… but cut off their internet for 1 minute and you’ll see the difference. Let the crew without internet for half day… and you’ll have a mutiny onboard 😉

ETO – is the engineer in charge of the, let’s say, in very few words… 110/220V and up. It is a critical job onboard as everything is run by electricity.

And now… let’s go into the overlapping grey area between the AVIT & ETO. On “smaller” yachts, 65… 90m LOA, you might find a position with somehow both duties combined. Being AVIT as 1st job and partially/”light” ETO/electrical & engine basic duties. You might do, apart of your main AVIT duties, some basic electrical maintenance (lightning system), bridge & navigation equipment, radars, GMDSS etc. Or the other way around – electrical as 1st duties with complementary AVIT jobs.

Engine watchkeeping might (while alongside/off operation) be on your duty list too. Engine team is small, working and supporting each other, which makes a great environment to work.

On larger yachts, +90… +100m LOA, the engine team is getting substantially bigger therefore, your job can be dedicated only to AVIT and the ETO team is separate (CETO, ETO, Asst Electrician). As AVIT you might have even a 2nd AVIT onboard, in case of a very large superyachts with heavy 24hrs around the clock operations.

As AVIT, you’ll (mainly) report to Chief Engineer or Chief ETO. And Master, of course.

Some jobs onboard may be shared between the AVIT & ETO department: for example, the ETO are taking care of the CCTV cameras & security doors while the AVIT are looking after the networking components of the respective systems.

About the AVIT Officer/Engineer job description, shore technical support, required qualifications & experience, working schedule & life onboard, tips for getting a job, comparison between the job onboard superyachts & cruise ships, and more, in our next blogs.

Stay tuned & stay safe!


AVIT on Superyachts

AVIT on SuperYachts

Superyachts… the ultimate luxury life-style for the wealthy people. Working on superyachts… the ultimate dream for any mortal worker. To see, feel and side-enjoy the life where almost anything is achievable.

But to work on superyachts and to be above average, targeting to the top professional in your field, you must follow some good and solid principles.

A series of blogs will follow with tips and tricks to join and perform at the best with some of the best in our field of the Audio-Video IT sector!

Stay tuned & stay safe!

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Facebook – Review posts you’re tagged in

Did you noticed that when you self-tagged in a post and later on you want to have that post on your wall, you don’t find it in you’re “activities”?

No problemo, there is a work-around solution!

For some reasons, Facebook does not shows always your self-tagged post in you’re “activity” therefore you cannot add it on your wall. What you have to do is:

  • make you’re post and tag yourself with @myname
  • check Activity log
  • Review posts you’re tagged in
  • Verify in either “Friends” or “Others” – most probably, you’re post where you just self-tagged, is not visible there so you cannot “Add to Profile”
  • To correct the problem:
    • return to your original post,
    • open “edit”,
    • delete YOU’RE (self)tagged @myname,
    • save the post,
    • open again you’re same post
    • and edit it by adding again you’re @myname
    • and save it again – “update post”.
  • Redo the steps described above “Edit Profile” – “Activity Log” – “Review posts you’re tagged in” and there you are. “Add to Profile” and you are done!

Hope you enjoyed the tip, stay safe and have fun!

by CyberCerber


2020 – the year of Cyber Attack explosion

With the pandemic COVID-19 forcing employees and offices to reinvent in remote working outside of the usual “bubble office environment” than what it used to be before, cybersecurity concerns explodes… And with good reasons!

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) was hit on April 9th by a cyber-attack.

On September 28th, CMA CMG suffered also a cyber-attack over its servers.

And this is not something really new… Back in May 2019, Princess Cruises (branch of Carnival Cruises) suffered a cyber incident.

IMO is developing a dedicated a dedicated department for the maritime cybersecurity guidelines to implement higher and stronger procedures and standards in protecting companies virtual assets.

Lloyd’s Register , DNV , US Coast Guard (to mention just a few) are taking also steps forward in implementing the IMO “Guidelines on Maritime Cyber Risk Management (MSC-FAL.1/Circ.3) – July 2017“.

Cybersecurity is real and countermeasures are available and applicable. Don’t remain behind and exposed… Keep up with the future!

by CyberCerber