What Is A VPN?

Virtual Private Network Explained

VPN stands for the term Virtual Private Network. It is commonly used by companies to offer remote access to their own workers to keep secure their organizational network. For example, you may be working from home and you need access to files on your office computer or you need to connect to programs or applications that are only available through your office network. If your office has a virtual private network installed and your computer or laptop is configured to connect to this VPN, then you can access what you need from the office without worrying about the data’s security when transported through the internet and without physically going into the office to get those files or use that program. This is totally different from a VPS (Virtual Private Server).

Virtual Private Networks are also used to hide the IP address of an individual’s computer while browsing the internet. This allows you to surf the internet anonymously or even access location-restricted services such as internet TV or bypass local internet restrictions.

VPN Account

If you are looking for your own VPN, as opposed to using one provided through your workplace, you probably need it for the second use, that is, accessing internet TV. There are virtual private network services offered over the internet. Some are free and others come at a fee. The free ones are good, but they cannot guarantee you total security. So, the paid ones are better and they go for as cheap as $5 per month. If you wish to get total anonymity, then a premium VPN account is what you should go for. Most of the VPN providers make it as easy for the user as possible- no software to install, no IP number configuration and easy instructions to follow. If you choose a premium VPN account, it means additional features such as added encryption to the data you send to websites, a dedicated IP address, and a choice of server locations.

 

What Will You Use It For?

That said, you should decide on how you are going to use a VPN before subscribing to any service: is it for just browsing? Is it for downloading torrents? Watching TV? Each VPN service provider will have its own terms and conditions and some will have restrictions against certain activities like P2P file sharing of intellectual property (that is, stealing someone else’s copyrighted property). It is, therefore , best to look and read the fine print before you commit to any service.

Another tip is to go with providers who offer trial periods. This shows that they have confidence in their services and you will be able to judge whether the service works for you or not. Also check the internet speed. Is it reliable or is there downtime at certain times of the day? You need to assess the support system as well. Note how long they take before they respond to your questions, how well they understand your questions and if they actually help. You simply need to know whether the service is worth the cost.

Looking For Help On VPNs Ahead Of Time

Online forums are good sources of feedback on certain virtual private network services providers. Testimonials are good, but there is hardly ever anything negative with them. However, if you read online forums, you will be able to know the good and the bad of the VPN service provider you are considering. If there is just too much negative feedback on a particular provider, then you should look for one that won’t disappoint you. Online forums can save you a great deal of time when it comes to choosing a VPN service provider.

 

What Is A Virtual Private Server?

Host Your Own Website

If you want to host a website (build and provide your own web site) or an application (a computer program) that can be accessed or reached from anywhere in the world, it needs to be installed on a server (a computer) that is always online (24 hours a day) and accessible to everyone. You could host your website on your own computer and that would make your computer the server but there are many problems with that, not least security from hackers! So it’s better to have your website hosted on someone else’s server, where tech staff can provide back-up and security. This server can be in the form of a dedicated server or a virtual private server. As the name suggests, a dedicated server is a physical server that is usually located in a data center. A dedicated server is an extremely powerful computer and is costly. A VPS is totally different from a virtual private network (VPN).

Virtual Private Server

A virtual private server (VPS) is a virtual segment (a part) of a dedicated server (computer) that works as a virtual dedicated server. In other words, a powerful computer is shared between many users but the server is in one place (a data center), probably no user knows where it is and no user knows any other user, even though they are all sharing this same computer, located somewhere in the world. Virtualization technology is used by companies offering virtual private servers to virtually segment a dedicated server into multiple VPSs. A number of virtualization technologies are available today for this purpose.

There are multiple uses of a VPS. Most of the times, it is used for Web hosting purposes. Some of the users also rent a VPS for running their software such as Forex trading software or gaming software on a 24-hour basis. Similarly, gamers also rent these servers to run a multiplayer game. Some users rent a VPS in order to have another (virtual) computer that they can run from their current computer without taking up desk space. That VPS works exactly like having a second computer. You run it from your own computer but once set up, it runs 24 hours a day, even if your own computer is turned off. You can add programs to it, just like a laptop or computer that stands on your desk.

One of the biggest advantages of a VPS is that it can be quickly scaled up. For instance, any resources such as IP addresses, hard disk space, CPU, RAM, bandwidth and various other features can be scaled up instantly. A VPS behaves exactly like a dedicated server.

The user is free to install any operating system (OS) and allocate resources as per their needs. Also, the user gets root access to the server which means that any kind of applications can be installed on a VPS.

 

The VPS provider gives you a URL (a web address, just like any web site) to access the VPS along with the username and password. When you want to access the VPS, just type the provided URL into the browser and login to the VPS panel with the help of the provided username and password.

Once you are logged in, you will be greeted with a desktop screen just like your own home computer if you have chosen the same OS for your VPS. Once you are done, you can simply disconnect from the VPS without worrying about security, power or any other thing.

Renting a VPS has many advantages

One of the biggest advantages is that you can access your VPS from anywhere that you have internet access. On the other hand, a physical server usually does not have this feature. Another big advantage of a VPS is that the providers have well trained and professional technicians on their team to take care of the servers at all hours. They have emergency power backups, resources for flood prevention and fire prevention, and all the other resources that are needed to keep the server running 24 x 7.

This is the reason that the professional providers usually offer a 99.9% uptime guarantee. Also, these technicians take care of the security needs for a monthly fee.

As mentioned above, it is extremely easy to upgrade your virtual private server. For instance, if you want to run a resource heavy application, you can simply rent a VPS with higher specifications instead of having to invest a lot of money on upgrading the hardware of your own physical server.

If you need more space than your computer has or you have programs you want to run 24 hours a day, a VPS is well worth considering.

 

Doodly Is A Fantastic Video Creator

Just Bought It Last Night!

foot-450378_1280A whole load of people have been promoting a new video creator – you know, the ones that write and draw on screen while you watch. I wasn’t going to buy it, thought it would just be another shiny object but I watched a webinar last night, promoting Doodly and I was hooked. I bought it last night but it was very late, so I waited til this morning to try it out.

So Easy!

I didn’t bother reading any instructions or watching any videos on how to use it, just tried it out and it’s so easy to use and so much FUN! I created a 4 scene video but I won’t do that again. When I watched the final video, I realised that every word and scene is drawn each time you have a new scene, so it’s best (and easiest) to go with one scene. It’s also easy to move around the order in which the items are drawn and to put words on screen. I also added an item from Pixabay and it got drawn fine. The software includes royalty free music and a number of items to add to your page if you wish. It’s just drag and drop!

There’s More To Learn

I have only touched a few of the things you can do with this video but I have created and uploaded a video made today with no training and no instructions and in just a few  minutes. Take a look:

If you would like to buy Doodly, why not buy it here?