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3 Ways VPN Saves Money That Will Blow Your Mind

3 Ways VPN Saves Money That Will Blow Your Mind

VPN, a.k.a. virtual private network, is the process of extending the intranet of an organization over the existing framework (either private or public network) that eventually assists you in privately and securely communicating within your company.

With the ever-increasing use of virtual private networks, along with the security they offer, a lot of businesses are exploring options to send out data over the internet. In the case of a scenario in which one company acquires another that they intend to operate as a subsidiary, they must be able to pass information between the two companies. Both of them can use i5/OS together with a VPN to make sure that the communication between the two networks is safe and secure. Creating your VPN is more cost-effective than using the traditional non-switched lines.

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There are three types of users who can take advantage of using the VPN service for connectivity;

  1. Mobile & Remote Users
  2. B2B Communications
  3. Home offices, branch offices, or other off-site locations

1. An Affordable Hosting Server

Nowadays, Virtual Private Server, or VPS, is by far the best web hosting option because of its reliability and speed. It is the best tool which understands the sense of balance between cost and performance. While there may be faster and more efficient platforms out there, you will have to pay a lot more to use them.

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As you expand your wings in the business world, it is important that you become acutely aware of the most affordable and effective ways of doing things. To do this, the first thing you need to do is to search for what options are out there which might help you. If you need a web hosting platform, then VPS is the best choice to go with. It has many significant features which will allow you to expand your businesses, irrespective of the boundary lines.

2. A Far More Dedicated Web-Hosting Platform

If you are currently uninformed as to why a VPS web-hosting platform is known to be a dedicated server for hosting, then prepare to be enlightened.

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Popular hosting servers often entail separate employees and infrastructure for management. These dedicated web-hosting servers demand huge hosting costs and an overall expense that can break a business that struggles to stay in the black. Alternatively, it allows the same functionality and the same power, but the main difference among other dedicated hosting servers and VPS is that it provides the same protection at a cost which can be divided. It is the economic model of shared hosting which offers greater protection and a peace of mind to business owners. It is also capable of delivering the same uptime and speed you get from other dedicated hosting servers.

3. VPS Vs. Shared Hosting

Shared hosting may be the cheapest form of web hosting available, but there are massive insecurities and risks involved. When you share a web-hosting server with other websites without having a VPS hosting server, and if the hosting server is not providing you with protection against things that may cause harm to your site, then you can experience downtime, hacking, and slow response through no blunder of your own. It manipulates the server into acting as if the other portions do not exist. VPS compresses the amount of power needed to provide the same functions and results in a healthier and more functional website.

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Business owners who prefer to have a VPS as a web-hosting server are apt Linux users looking for a higher degree of customization. Sites using the VPS hosting platform are less likely to affect others sites in a negative way, unlike those on a shared hosting plan. VPS can an expensive option, but you can make it affordable by doing it all yourself. As you grow, you will have the peace of mind that your site and the VPS server will always be there for those who need it.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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