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5 significant benefits of Using a Virtual Private Network (VPN)

5 significant benefits of Using a Virtual Private Network (VPN)

What is a VPN? A VPN (Virtual Private Network) is simply a way used to connect different networks located separated from the Internet, using security protocols that allow both the authenticity and the confidentiality of the information that travels through the VPN connection or network system.

In our present world being security cautious is of paramount importance and in high demand in companies, and the need to send encrypted data over a network, VPN technology has developed more strongly means and is becoming more widespread in the private and business environment.

This article will relieve some significant benefits of VPN:

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1. Improved Security

VPN has a lot of advantages to increase our online safety and privacy when surfing the internet not just from hackers, government and telephony operator per DNS Leakage. However, if you surf the web from any location, we could always do without a VPN. But if you connect to a public WiFi network, doing so via a Virtual Private Network will be better. Your real IP address will be safe while masking your actual location and your data will be encrypted against potential intruders.

An ISP is used to view all the information stocks online by consumer containing data, password and personal information. But when a VPN is in place, ISP’s will not be able to access a user’s log. Instead, they see encrypted statistics by the VPN server.

2. Remote Access

Using VPN shows that your information can be accessed remotely from any location which allows you to access your content if there is any restriction on the site. Using VPN can increase the company productivity as the workers will not have to be in a particular location to get to be productive.

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3. Cost

Every VPN service provider will always tend to showcase different packages, and Search Engine Optimization specialist can choose a perfect subscription package that will suit his or her immediate need saving cost. There are many affordable yet reliable VPN service providers out there with friendly subscriptions; this is one advantage SEO specialist can utilize.

4. Buying Cheap Tickets

One ultimate secret that most people fail to understand is to use a VPN to buy cheap flight tickets exclusive to a particular location. Every reservation centers and airline operator have different prices for different countries. To get an affordable flight ticket, look for a state that has a low cost of living then compare it with the one you reside in, connect through a VPN and get your ticket cheap. This trick also works for other rental services.

5. Anonymity/Bypass Restriction

Using a VPN, one can easily browse the internet entirely without being traced, compared to other software, one of the benefits of using a VPN connection service is to allow you access to any websites and web applications anonymously.

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For example, NetFlix will only allow streaming from specific locations. However, when connecting to such services using Virtual Private Network, this will indicate on NetFlix that your IP address is from a location they permit. This will enable your VPN service to skip all kinds of geographical restrictions to give you maximum internet coverage.

Accessing blocked websites is achieved using VPN and for going through established Internet filters. For this reasons, there are a greater number of VPN services available in a country where Internet censorship are used.

Conclusion

People are looking for the best possible ways to avoid being tracked during surfing. VPN will be one of the best solutions for this. To help protect and prevent Internet Service Provider (ISP) of the website’s owner to track our activities during surfing. The troubles faced by the free version of VPN over the web, is the location options are few with severe limitations. Therefore, it is best to pay for a genuine VPN to ensure good connectivity, speed, and premium data security.

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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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