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Internet usage has dramatically shaped the way businesses are run today. The faster, the more efficient your business becomes. While choosing the right broadband service can be a challenge with many options to choose from, it’s not always the big players in the industry that delivers the best service, sometimes they’re the worst provider. It’s just that some of them have greater monopoly on some areas and people are left with no other option.
In some countries, customers who signed up with a digital TV service maybe offered a package inclusive of broadband internet. In the UK, for instance, Virgin Business Broadband customers receive Virgin Media Security which can protect up to three computers from viruses and malware from parental controls; a private Virgin Media Mail, secures up to ten email addresses that household members can use and a PC Healthcheck, a PC optimization software that regularly scans PC performance.
Digital TV cable subscription are often times offered in packages that include broadband internet and a digital box recorder which can be used to record TV shows even while away from home for later viewing in the day.
While these offers and packages may see attractive, it’s always advisable to do some research about the service quality and what other people say about the company offering such services and products. Additional fees and other maintenance and usage fees including installation maybe applied upon subscription so it’s always better to ask. You may also wish to go after promotions if the company you’re choosing is offering some.
Getting the best broadband service all boil down to your research. Eventually, your budget in this area may increase overtime as you experience the provider’s service quality but initially, strive for lower cost and take it from there.
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Productivity is just one of the many basic work ethics that businesses always aspire to be at its peak during operations. It’s something that employers always strive for their employees to practice at all times while at work.
Although employers always want to achieve one hundred percent productivity from their workforce, there will always be challenges and one of those are distractions such the internet. Employees with internet access are normally subjected to this distraction because idle moments still exist during work hours like break times, lunch hours and so on.
While these break hours legitimate, every employee is still expected to use its technology on activities that are still in connection to their work and not browsing social media sites and forums.
Internet access maybe regulated such that emails, chats, and internet browsing activities will be all aligned to company activities and business processes but not abused. Unregulated access will take away precious moments from employees to stay productive thus losing their focus. In this cases, employee monitoring software like that of Pearl Software Internet Monitoring and Web Filtering Solutions come into play.
Taking control of employees’ online activities such as email, browsing, instant messaging, and other internet programs will heavily weed-out problem areas and increase business focus and productivity on employees since their attention will not be diverted if they have no access to Facebook or Twitter from the company’s computer systems.
Visit PearlSoftware’s website to find out how you can fully use their services for your company’s productivity boost.
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The first very basic of a VPN (Virtual Private Network) is to encrypt and protect personal data online from unscrupulous privacy violations of ISPs and network admins.
It’s not that VPN tolerates bad online activities, it’s just a matter of helping individuals exercise their right to privacy and protecting their personal information mostly from terms and conditions of ISPs that are usually vague which customers have no access to.
VPN services help you protect your online identity by providing stealth IP address to conceal your personal IP address thus enabling you to switch from your real self to someone from the US just by changing your IP address. The reason why IP is being protected by a VPN is that IP addresses provide location and personal information plus records of websites that you visit each time you use the internet.
And while you’ve been wondering if it’s just the ISPs businesses to check and record IP addresses, think again because search engines like Google and Bing might have been doing it for a long time whenever you use their services on your browser through customized or personalized searches.
It’s not new for everyone to have access to the internet from Wi-fi spots so keeping your data secure is also important thus VPN also comes into play allowing you to enjoy your free internet-on-the-go using military grade VPN encryption offered by some trusted VPN service providers.
While accessing some websites online maybe limited to selected geographical locations like Netflix, Hulu, and Pandora among others, a VPN can make this possible depending on the available IPs in your country of choice. However, access to financial accounts like Paypal via a VPN may cause your account to be blocked or suspended. These kinds of websites provide unparalleled security to ensure their customers safety.
A VPN is not recommended or advised to use when creating accounts on geographically limited websites as this may cause legal consequences on your end which service providers don’t want to get involved with.
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If your business depends on an outside shared network line for its Internet access, that connection may not be as fast or reliable as you think. Slowed productivity can result from congested with traffic jams when shared lines compete for Internet access. The best choice for today’s business is a fast, reliable and secure Internet connection.
1. Handles Online Business Applications Better
As your business grows, you’ll need a flexible computing model that can handle its expansion of sophisticated online applications. Without virtual application flexibility, business productivity may stall. The MegaPath business Ethernet service option provides a stable connection to match all of your online application needs. Your business stays competitive without sacrificing bandwidth agility.
2. Provides an Exceptional Value
You’ll get the most value for your money with Ethernet compared to other alternatives. To automatically reduce overhead costs, purchase just the amount of bandwidth to match your business needs.
Ethernet also allows your business to save on storage and server merging strategies. A single Ethernet connection works best over multiple storage units and servers. Any troubleshooting will be narrowed down to one area instead of many.
3. Offers a Symmetric Digital Subscriber Line Option
To obtain the best quality in data transfer, consider using a Symmetric Digital Subscriber Line (SDSL). With SDSL technology, fast upload and download speeds are equal, and data transfer speeds are more evenly consistent throughout the day. By comparison, an Asymmetric digital subscriber line (ADSL) is much slower.
4. Gives Unlimited Scalability
Flexible scalability helps your business to reduce its operating costs as it grows. The best Ethernet service packages enable your business to use its existing Customer Premise Equipment (CPE). MegaPath business Ethernet offers Megabits per second (Mbps) scalability options to benefit small, medium, and large businesses.
5. Supplies Secure, Private Data Transfers
Secure point-to-point connectivity for data transfers is what your business and its customers expect. Ethernet is ideal for supporting both simple and complex applications where multiple users are locally or remotely located.
Reliable connections at any time of the day will put both you and your customers at ease.
Ethernet is the clear business choice for Internet access. With it, all business, irrespective of size, immediately benefit from a more secure private connection, higher productivity, lowed operational costs and flexible scalability purchasing. Choose an Ethernet Internet package for your business today, and you’ll stay several steps ahead of the competition.
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I’ve been a webmaster since 2008 and to tell you honestly, it’s never easy at first especially when you’re trying to find the best web hosting service for your company’s website or blog.
It starts with having a self-hosted website from a third-party (normally remote) server. At the moment, there are many web hosting providers available where you could choose from shared, dedicated, private, etc. These providers have various plans that fit your limited budget.
Once your website is up and running, that when you realize that web server performance is necessary in order to handle traffic and server uptime.
At first, I have no idea about what’s going on in the background and how will I know if my website continues to show up online every time someone finds it on the web. Then a newbie, I would open my website on Firefox every time I use the internet, it can be tedious of course so what I did was research on website monitoring services and gladly I’ve found one.
Since then, it became clear to me what’s going on and found out how my current web host fair in terms of uptime. It was a great tool to use and I definitely was able to pick the right web hosting company that I have been using until now.
I definitely recommend having a third-party website or application monitoring service in order to track your web server uptime and to determine if your web traffic is going up as a result of your internet marketing efforts.
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Technology has certainly come a long way since the traditional landline telephone. The computer age has given way to the Internet, and the cell phone has transformed the way we look at telecommunications. Now that the Internet and the mobile phone are finally joined together for a great portion of consumers it’s sobering to look back at the time when telephones were strictly wired and the Internet was a military secret. One of the more explicit demonstrations of this evolution has been the way performing a phone number check has changed over the years.
Once upon a time when you wanted to look up a phone number you didn’t know, you had to visit your local library. Before the Internet Age, there were only a handful of phone companies and they were the ones that would provide libraries and police departments with reference material that listed personal information by phone number. They only provided information for phone numbers listed in that geographical region. As phones became more sophisticated in the 1990s these stores of information were utilized to implement the incredibly popular caller ID system we take for granted today.
But with the rise of the mobile phone, the game has a changed quite a bit. Listed landline numbers can continue to be looked up using online reverse phone directories, but that’s on account of these traditional telephone companies seeking profit in the advertising revenue gained from these online services. When it comes to cell phones, numbers are provided by one of the multitude of providers and are given out at an area code-by-area code basis. This makes it a lot harder to successfully get access to the reference information pertaining to those calling from cell numbers.
That’s unless you’re willing to pay for the privilege of getting access to listed cell phone information. There are sites that let you pinpoint the township in which the phone number was provided to, but anything more than that requires an annual fee of anywhere from $15 to 50 dollars. Today’s rules for information getting are pretty simple: if it’s something people want to find out, you usually have to pay for it.
Not that this is necessarily the case when you consider the traditional phone lookup. Most traditional telephone service providers still offer anyone the ability to access their online reverse lookup tools. These sites get a collected 50 million unique visitors every month. That’s got to be a lot of revenue from advertising. Maybe these companies that make you pay for information that’s otherwise been free to the public for more than fifty years ought to rethink their business strategies.
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Many new router models today are simply wireless. Think about it. How often do you see an Ethernet router or modem throughout the day? Generally you only see them anymore in businesses or in college dormitories. As a majority of people choose to go wireless, the need for Ethernet cords and routers doesn’t seem to be in as high of demand in regards to personal computers; however, I believe they are still highly useful.
Wireless connections can create all sorts of privacy options. It’s just easier to hack into a wireless internet account than it is a closed system. Ethernet Routers allow you to have that closed system when you don’t need to be wireless, such as in your home. If you always work with your computer at the same desk, there is no need to have a wireless router. You’re just asking for other unwanted users trying to get into your account and use your internet for free.
Ethernet connections are also still ideal for businesses, because technicians know the systems and are able to easily work on them. They are also able to be easily integrated into already existing systems. Another perk to Ethernet systems on both the personal and professional sides, is that they tend to be less expensive than other more evolved systems. So you basically get the same speed for daily functions like checking email and browsing your website for a reduced rate. Sign me up. I think we could all stand to save a few bucks.
However, Ethernet does have a few downfalls. For large scale companies needing to use their internet for multiple functions at incredibly high speeds, Ethernet isn’t their best option. Ethernet doesn’t support high-speed LANs easily and can sometimes struggle to keep up with high volumes of demands for critical functions. Ethernet has evolved over the last few years though to provide greater functioning levels.
When it comes to internet, I believe that Ethernet really is a good stand-by for any home or business where individuals don’t need to be mobile. It’s easy to use and maintains itself fairly well. If anything does go wrong with your Ethernet modem or router, it’s easy to replace and easy to update. You really couldn’t ask for a more user-friendly system.
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Yesterday, I was out to pay the bills for my ISP (Internet Service Provider) subscription and along with me was a feeling of excitement that since my account has turned two years old, I’m eligible for their retention program which would entitle me for a free gift in the form of a rebate, an HP all-in-one printer, or a mobile phone unit.
I was at the Telco’s service center branch at a local mall near us where I spent more than two hours just to get to a service agent. When it was my turn, the service person told me that I can’t avail of the retention freebie because I got a disconnection notice last November 2009 and said that I can only apply for their retention program and get a freebie if I don’t have any disconnection notice within the last six months.
Okay, yesterday was the 30th of April, Philippine Time, today is the 1st of May. The female service agent wanted me to come back in May. I wonder what she’s thinking when in fact, the next day would be a new month. Sounds confusing, right?
I have no outstanding balance and the bill for this month will not be posted online until May 15th. Maybe she was trying to tell me that I have to be back in June after paying this month’s bill.
I had given up complaining and ranting about getting my bills in the mail because they never do it. The last time they did it was time immemorial. I wonder if they’re even paying the local courier to deliver the mails on time.
Given the fact above, I still think that the service agent should have been considerate about the issue. That time when I got a disconnection notice, I was trying to search for a better ISP but couldn’t find any so I stayed with the service.
I wasn’t able to sign up for the retention program that my local ISP was bragging so much about but I’m not sour graping in this case, I even realized that it’s useless after all.
And why did I say it was useless? Talking for a while with the service agent, I was informed that even if I would be eligible to sign-up for the retention program which would basically lock my account with them for another two years just to get a freakin’ freebie—a cheap mobile phone without Bluetooth or an HP all-in-one printer. There’s no promise that I can get any of these mentioned items because according to the lady, they still have to request those from somewhere else, perhaps order them from China or refurbish some trash from industrial dumps. I don’t know.
She even added that applications in March for these freebies haven’t arrived to this date! What more if I apply in June?
But whatever the reason is, why would a loyal customer like me had to apply for their retention program just to get a cheap freebie coming from nowhere when there’s not even a single probability that I would get any of the mentioned stuff?
Loyal customers should be a priority no matter what and the fact that at this point, I still haven’t informed them that I’m extending my contract, they’re continuously profiting from my business!
What’s so hard with searching the database just to get the information on old accounts? Imagine if there are ten thousands of two-year old accounts and there are only a thousand units of cheap cell phones or printers to be given out. They are giving their loyal consumers a false hope.
Retention programs are designed to basically keep a loyal customer base into your business but placing them in a situation when it seems that they would have to be stressed out just to get a freebie that’s not even worth their loyalty is insane and utterly ridiculous.
This applies not only to ISPs but to all businesses in other industries. Do you have the same experience as mine? If so, let’s start talking.
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I was doing some research on Google.com (US) and Google.com.ph (Philippines) using the term “favicon,” “favicons,” and “favicon generator” and even tried using a combination of phrases as suggested by the search box with the word “favicon” but none of the terms render a search result. Here’s a screen shot of what I got from Firefox 3:
and here’s another one from Google Chrome:
Based on the images you’ve seen, it seems that Google is having some trouble rendering results for “favicon” search terms. This error reminds me of last year’s Google mistake of tagging the entire web as malware. Very unlikely. This is strange and I have not much of an idea why these terms are not rendering any results.
At this time of writing, the error remains unresolved although for other search terms, results are showing up.
Have tried on two separate browsers. The one on Firefox was logged-in to Google.com account. The one on Chrome isn’t. So I don’t see any relation related to personalized search for the former.
Completely cleared my browsers’ cookies and cache yet the error still persists.
Have you had the same result as mine? I’m not certain if it was a virus or a malware on my end but how could it happen if some search terms like “software” and “blogs” are rendering search results perfectly.
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We all knew that the web has becoming faster than ever than we can imagine. In fact, the search engine giant, Google has blatantly advocated a faster web wherein viewing web pages can be as fast as flipping a page of a magazine.
That’s quite fascinating to know and taking these improvements into consideration, how can you appreciate these things if you don’t have a faster internet service?
The definition of broadband has indeed changed from the time of its inception and according the latest terminology attached to such term based on the International Telecommunication Union Standardization Sector (ITU-T), it has recommended that any internet with a transmission capacity of at least 1.5 to 2.0 Mbit/s faster than any primary rate ISDN is broadband. The FCC however says that broadband is 768 kbit/s (0.8 Mbit/s) while the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has defined broadband as 256 kbit/s in at least one direction and is almost the standard baseline for marketed broadband.
If the economy continues to flourish in the upcoming months then it would be more strategic for businesses to find better internet connectivity solutions as such a business t1 with more reliable and secure business ethernet capabilities.
T1s are generally more robust and include more stringent service level agreements (SLAs) although this sometimes drive up provider’s maintenance cost by providing 24×7 support this compensates the expensive nature of T-1 lines since uptime and bandwidth data rates are guaranteed, service quality is ensured, and blocks of static IP addresses are commonly included.
T-1 and fractional T-1 data lines are symmetric, which means that their upload and download data rates are the same. A bonded T1 uses special equipment and routing protocols to ensure that the total available bandwidth of the T1’s can be used for a single data transmission session. The nomenclature for a T-1 varies widely and is sometimes referred to as leased line.
In general, this type of internet service provides greater value for businesses that have intensive bandwidth needs and require a simple yet managed high-bandwidth solution.
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I’ve been using Yahoo Mail for quite sometime and it was basically my trusted web mail service provider for years although my account was just free, I’m very much pleased with it.
Back in the days when I was just starting to grasp the use of email for communication, I started out with Hotmail but then I wasn’t at all pleased because after some inactivity which I’m sure most of you might have encountered, my account had been deactivated although my account dormancy has not exceeded a month. Then there was Eudora mail however I wasn’t really able to use it since the extension was pretty long and hard to remember.
In today’s security challenged world, yours truly is not an exception for having encountered phishing emails but the good thing was that I’m vigilant enough to determine that is was a phishing attempt.
Yahoo does not guarantee full security and neither today’s most powerful email service can guarantee absolute protection however there are useful ways that we can do to help ourselves and increase our protection against identity thefts and cyber criminals.
For Yahoo users, if you still haven’t adopted the use of Yahoo Sign-in Seal while logging into your accounts, now is the right time to take action.
What is Yahoo Sign-in Seal?
Yahoo Sign-in Seal is either an image or a secret message (usually text) that Yahoo will display on your computer to determine that you’re about to log in on a genuine Yahoo site or page.
Once the image, photo, texts, or colors change or differs from what you’ve originally set up, that simply means you’re about to be a victim of phishing schemes.
Normally, phishing sites or spoofed sites mimic the original web page unnoticeably thereby stealing confidential information such as login details, credit cards, and bank accounts.
Yahoo Sign-in Seal vouches for authenticity of the page you’re trying to login. The sign-in seal is associated with your PC and not with your Yahoo ID. This way, even if the phisher was able to guess your ID or other related information, they cannot use it to discover your sign-in seal.
“An important fact to remember is that Yahoo will never ask for your ID and password in order to setup or display your sign-in seal.”
The sign-in seal can also be shared to different users—family or friends so they know if their logging into a genuine page if you’re on a shared computer.
Internet cafe and offices however may or may not have a sign in seal in place which means that you have to be wary of putting in your information if you’re unsure that you are on a legitimate website.
Do take note that Yahoo sign in seal won’t protect you from other sites except Yahoo sign in page.
In case you’re not able to see your Yahoo sign in seal, that means you could be on a fraudulent site, or if you’re using a share PC, somebody might have deleted or changed your seal or it could also be that the files or cookies identifying your seal may have been deleted as well.
More security tricks on my upcoming posts so stay tuned. More security tricks on my upcoming posts so stay tuned. Reputation Defender review provides more insight into personal online security.
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Suppose you’re not in the office or even at home, do you always have to rely on hot spots to get access to the internet? Well, not anymore because you certainly can rely on something else for that matter, why not use the power of a mobile broadband service?
Mobile broadband is definitely the answer when hotspots can’t be found and the convenience of Wi-Fi is out of reach.
Local providers are gunning after each customer they can get however costs may vary as competition gets tougher.
The benefits of having a mobile broadband connection is indispensable since mobility at this time of age is already part of life and you cannot always sat on a nearest Starbucks café just to get Wi-Fi access if there’s a lot of customers and you can’t always assume that all public places are hotspots.
Readily available access to the internet is an added convenience to any user and if you’ll ask me, I wouldn’t have any second thoughts getting such service however it will always depend on your personal needs. If you believe that somehow, you can take advantage of its benefits especially if you’re in the UK, simply head on to www.broadband-finder.co.uk to choose your preferred plan.
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If at this point you still don’t know that you’re keystrokes could be recorded from your keyboard and be extracted to steal your vital information, then basically you need to read on.
You may not be safe most of the time these days as cyber criminals continue to find ways of taking advantage of others and their property. If you think that you’re savvy antivirus software or spyware can do the trick dandy, better think again.
If you’re not protected enough, you just might end up penniless and your bank account all emptied if you’re computer happens to be injected with keystroke loggers or keyloggers.
These keyloggers are implanted piece of software or malware to be exact that records your keystrokes as you type on your keyboard in an effort to steal confidential information like credit card numbers and pins, bank account details and other online related financial information including your identity for use on other criminal pursuits. Without the right protective measures in place, in the most extreme of circumstances, you could be left searching for bankruptcy information as a potential means of minimizing your financial damage.
Security report from Symantec in April 2009 detailed that 75 percent of all malicious code infections are identified to keyloggers.
Traditional anti-virus and anti-spyware programs doesn’t immediately respond to attacks unless they have been earlier documented thus resulting to software updates which may not bring a rather stable protection compared to specific software such as Keystroke that helps prevent theft of your identity or KeyScrambler which encrypts keyboard strokes and decrypts it at the destination application thus allowing you to see your usernames and passwords as you type but a rather scrambled or encrypted keys totally undecipherable are shown otherwise to keyloggers.
KeyScrambler has an easy to use interface and works exactly how they describe it. It also supports a lot of applications but the free version is good enough as an add-on to Firefox and IE which was also the one I’m using.
A nifty tool could have been better if it’s open source but otherwise, it works well.
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Hotspots are basically the life of laptops. Similar to mobile phones that uses communication signals, laptops on the other hand uses Wi-Fi connection in order to connect to the internet and enable the user to communicate and transmit information across multiple channels.
Most places or locations nowadays that offers shared internet connection over a wireless LAN via a wireless router are called hotspots which are normally found on airports, train stations, fuel/gasoline stations, coffee shops and dining places, military bases and camps, hotels and hospitals, bookstores, and other public places including schools and universities.
Other than laptop users, WiFi phone users are also capable of getting access over the wireless connection (Wi-Fi). Broadband internet subscribers however can offer wireless access through an AP (Access Point) in conjunction with the router that is connected to the internet.
Given these readily accessible hubs for online usage, have you ever thought about how secure these places are? The mere fact that you’re accessing a shared connection wherein multiple devices are connecting to one access point, that only means you are vulnerable to snoopers and hackers lurking in these places.
I couldn’t emphasize more how your security can be utterly compromised unwittingly in these places if you’re device is not properly secured. So, how would you protect yourself from identity thefts and security attacks? Why not install a software that will mask your IP while you’re online to ensure privacy? Hotspot shield allows you to access all internet content and bypass firewalls plus, it also secures web sessions with HTTPS encryption to safeguard sensitive personal data
Hotspot Shield runs well on Vista, XP, 2000, Mac OS X (10.5 Leopard) and Mac OS X (10.4 Tiger). For information about download versions, you may send an email to:
win(at)anchorfree(dot)com for Windows version; and
mac(at)anchorfree(dot)com for Mac version.
If you think this is the right tool for you, visit this link to download.