• The Different Types of VPN Protocols
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    The Different Types of VPN Protocols

    VPNs (or Virtual Private Networks) are rapidly increasing in popularity and usage. As more of our personal and business lives take place on the internet and via email, there is an increased need to protect and look after our data and traffic as it could easily fall into the wrong hands. This is where VPNs come in. Virtual Private Networks allow users to transmit their data safely and securely over the internet. They are not, however, the same as a private network. When you use a VPN you are still sharing data over a public network (the internet) but it is ‘virtually private’ because the data and traffic is encrypted. If someone manages to take control of your data while you are using a VPN they will not able to understand or do anything with it. VPNs can be particularly useful to businesses that may need to connect to customers, employees and different companies in a secure way.

    One of the most common types of VPN is a remote-access VPN, which can also be known as a PPTP VPN. A PPTP VPN is one that utilises a ‘Point-to-Point Tunnelling Protocol’. It allows remote users to connect to a private network and is often used by remote employees to connect to their company’s network securely. This type of protocol uses the already established internet connection to connect to the VPN through the use of a logon and password. The user will generally have to install software on their computer in order to use this particular type of protocol.

    IPsec is a protocol that is similar to PPTP, as it is good for remote access. IPsec is based on IP addresses; only ones that are allowed can access the network. It is based on software that is installed on a user’s computer …

  • Secret to Maximizing the Chances for IT Project Success
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    Secret to Maximizing the Chances for IT Project Success

    Before starting a new Information Technology project, it is important to do everything possible to make sure it will be a success. It is exciting to thing about how a new application or system can improve productivity and reduce costs. It is also exciting to be responsible for putting in place something new, and imagining the positive comments and admiration from everyone else at the company. Since that is the goal, it is definitely worthwhile to put together a solid plan that takes everything into account for the entire project.

    This process should actually start before budgeting for the new project. I have seen many customers who budget for a project, then when it comes time to start it and get quotes, they find out that they have severely underbudgeted the required upgrades, especially any new hardware and the accompanying professional services, and they have to reset expectations before they project even begins, or go back for more funds. Make sure this does not happen to you by laying a solid foundation for success.

    The common factor in many upgrades that go sideways is that the organization assumes their systems are ready to go, when in fact the underlying data systems are in no way capable of supporting the requirements of the systems for the new project. A good way to prevent this type of mistake is to get a network capabilities assessment, and to determine what the additional network requirements of the new project are.

    A network capabilities assessment is the best place to start before deploying any upgrades that make substantial use of the data network. Examples of these types of upgrades are a major application upgrade, Virtual Desktop deployment, video collaboration rollout, and of course a VoIP phone system upgrade. These are all application deployment that add …

  • Apple's IOS or Tablet's Android: Looking For One But Don't Know Which Is Better?
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    Apple’s IOS or Tablet’s Android: Looking For One But Don’t Know Which Is Better?

    So you keep looking at the iPads and Android Tablets but still can’t decide on which one you will buy. That’s OK because millions of people are in the same shoes as you; they don’t want to invest on yet another computer gadget that may simply be outdated in a year.

    Although everyone likes buying the latest gadget, people are getting tired of dishing out their hard-earned savings for a product that needs to be upgraded or even becomes outdated in less than a year.

    iPads initial release has left many people scratching their heads as to why it had no built-in camera or even a Flash program for video etc..

    Those who have waited are in a better position for not having spent their money on a product that was “incomplete” as was the iPad.

    Still, there are a growing number of people who have left their Apple addiction behind and just simply bought Android powered Tablets which have come to overtake the Apple’s iOS for Smart Phones sales.

    Which ever you decide on buying will most likely be something you will have to upgrade in a few years anyway. (since everything is growing more powerful every year).

    Good Luck in your decision. As for me, I’m buying an Android powered tablet!

    It is suggested that you make yourself an educated consumer by actually reading the reviews which are made in many different websites and articles. They may agree on many things and yet still differ on some key aspects which may help you make your decision.…

  • The Next Generation of Personal Computers
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    The Next Generation of Personal Computers

    There are all kinds of interesting ideas out there about how the computer interface in the future will look. Lasers currently used in various uses from cutting diamonds to improve eye sight have been around for years and are the basis for many films such as Star Wars. I believe for the immediate future, lasers will play a bigger and bigger role in how we interact with our computers. One trend that has become a reality is the projection of computer light onto or from a surface that allows users to manipulate data and send commands basically by blocking the beam with his hands.

    The richest version of this vision has been seen in futuristic films like Matrix. This system gives us a vision of a very abstract and iconographic interface of light that requires extensive body movements to operate. They seem to be far in the future, but they really aren’t.

    As I write this there is already a keyboard out there made entirely of laser light, and its operation, while visually appealing, is actually quite ordinary. By moving someone’s finger over the keyboard (the height can be adjusted and determined by the angle of reflection) the touch button signal light is blocked, activating that button. Although I’m sure the novelty of a lightweight laser keyboard will wear off and definitely has to have a little learning curve to operate, it does have qualities that will make laserware more popular. It is immune to spills, falls, and breaks. This will take up zero space and reduce clutter. Finally, this will be the first but important step in familiarity with the way we will interact and manipulate data and information in the future.

    I can’t wait until some of this technology is ready to use. They have been tested and …

  • The best way to Standardize Your Smaller Enterprise Technology and Decrease IT Help Costs
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    The best way to Standardize Your Smaller Enterprise Technology and Decrease IT Help Costs

    Modest organizations inside the United states devote roughly $200 billion dollars annually on technology-related purchases. This is a massive and expanding number. How can smaller businesses squeeze each and every dollar from their technologies budgets while generating certain to have the efficiency and IT help they have to have?

    Standardize anything. Standardize your hardware, software, network style, policies, etc. How does this save you income? Easy: efficient troubleshooting and support.

    Why standardize?

    If every single piece of hardware and application at your business is different, you suffer a variability tax each and every time there is an issue having a computer system on your network. If there are no standards, each dilemma requires longer to determine, investigate and solve regardless of how familiar a technician is together with your network setup. In the end the issue will price you far more to fix no matter if you bring inside a consultant to investigate, devote your very own time, or have an internal employee resolve the issue.

    Every time a technician looks at an issue he have to uncover the answers for the following inquiries: What’s the personal computer model we are working on? Which version of operating technique is being employed? Which version of application computer software is getting utilised? Has the most recent service pack been installed? And other folks. Obtaining the answers to these questions is important to solving an issue and standardizing these variables across your computers will save you time and money.

    By standardizing the vendor and personal computer variety employed within your organization, replacing broken hardware becomes much easier at the same time. If each computer system you buy is diverse, replacing components becomes an investigation requiring opening up the laptop or computer, getting buying records, and determining if parts for that pc are regular. …