Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Things to Consider While Choosing a VPN service for your PC

If you require your data to be protected, the most likely solution you would have been given is to install a VPN. The VPN is a virtual private network and works by providing a channel between the internet and your computer, which provides anonymity online and encryption of data. When you have a VPN, there’s a buffer which is a server that comes with an IP address.

If you are working on a PC or laptop that is not at home, and are using a lot of Wi-Fi at public places, there is just no way for you to know how secure the network is. You could be traveling a lot with a PC/laptop rented from a computer rentals company, and want your data safe. That is when you use the VPN service; there are several such  free services available, although the paid ones are faster.

Things to consider

Some of the VPNs block torrents so if you are planning to use the service for torrents, you should check that first. The VPN should be able to function on all your gadgets and not just the PC. Another aspect to consider is if the service has any limits on bandwidth.

You would want a network that has no limits on bandwidth. Before you get a service, you should also check on their privacy policy; does the VPN retain records of usage? If they keep logs and you are uncomfortable, you should research well before opting for a service. Also, make sure where the servers of the VPN providers are located. If the physical/geographic distance between the server and your PC is huge, the downloads will be slower. It is ideal to choose a service provider closer to your region.

There are four well known VPNs, including point-to-point tunneling protocol (PPTP), layer 2 tunneling protocol and internet protocol security (L2TP and IPsec), secure sockets layer (SSL) and openVPN.

PPTP: Not a very secure VPN step, but it is a good step from where you can start your VPN exploration.

L2TP and IPsec: Safer than PPTP, but are more complicated when it comes to setting them up.

SSL: VPN method which is more trustworthy and dependable than PPTP, L2TP or IPsec

OpenVPN: An open source system that is secure, free, and has no connection troubles.

If you need a VPN system that is more dependable than all of the above, you could try a VPN router. If you are seeking VPN just to safeguard your internet activity while on a public Wi-Fi, you could subscribe to a VPN service provider. 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Encrypting Data on Your Computer

Encryption of data has gained importance in the wake of data leaks in top firms and the insecure world we live in. Encryption is not necessarily useful only for companies, it is also beneficial for individuals considering the amount of information we store on the cloud.

If you are using a laptop from a computer rentals firm, encryption becomes all the more important, especially when you use thumb or USB hard drives or use the Internet to share important data related to your research, for instance. Encrypting data on your hard drive is fairly easy; there are some applications that you can enable if your computer has Windows 7 (Enterprise or Ultimate), Pro, Vista or Windows 8 Enterprise version.

Some other applications don’t need your PC to have these requirements; choose one that is ideal. A good open source application allows you to create a ‘disk’ on the computer that feels like a typical disk on the PC. The same applies to the USB or thumb drives too.

VPN is very important

The most important encryption could be when you need to protect incoming and outgoing Internet traffic. This is particularly true if you are using a Wi-Fi network in a public place such as an airport where a hacker can easily hack into data that leaves and enters you laptop. You need a virtual private network or VPN to encrypt your Internet data. The VPN helps create a tunnel that is secure and leads to a trusted server which is a third party one.

If you use a file sharing network, you should know that the service encrypts data you share for you. However, they have the power to decrypt your data as well, under certain circumstances. If you want another layer of protection for your files in the cloud, you could again use an encryption software that can be installed in your cloud service.

Outlook and Office files

Email on your Outlook can be encrypted as well; it is not based on passwords but on receiving digital certificates which decrypt or encrypt messages automatically. Users would need to share these certificates before sharing messages that are encrypted. If you want to send mails that nobody else but your recipient can receive and read, you can use a browser-based application for encryption.

If you Office 2010 or 2013, you can encrypt any document by going to File – Info – Protect Document. Then click on Encrypt with Password. This applies to Excel, PowerPoint or Word. You can use the same method to encrypt your PDFs as well.

Monday, July 28, 2014
Simple, Time-saving Computer Tricks

Looking for some information on a web page and using the downwards arrow that scrolls quite slowly? It is a frustrating experience, but you can avoid it by learning some easy tricks that save both time and energy. How about using the space bar key to scroll through the page faster? If you hold down the shift key with the spacebar, you can scroll up the whole screen with one press.

Search faster

If you need to constantly log into an account, try using a password manager, which completes the details for you. It is also secure and you save time spent trying to key in the username and password. If you searching for something online, and have to type in the search engine’s url each time, you could avoid that and just type the search phrase or term into the browser bar. You automatically get results.

Also, when you need to search for something specific you vaguely remember was published in a website/online news site, you add “site:” to the specific domain, for instance, site:nytimes.com MH17.

If there’s a particular word you need to search on a web page or a document, you need to hit Ctril+F to type the word and you will get the results highlighted. If you tend to work in many programs simultaneously, maximising and minimising windows can waste a lot of time. It also lowers your attention spans, so the solution is to get another monitor.

It instantaneously makes it easy for you to get through your tasks. If you looking for monitors or computers for a business conference, you could always rely on computer rentals for the same.

Managing documents, programs, tabs

If you constantly use the same kind of documents, for instance invoices, you can save a document as a template, (for example, invoice template.docx) and reuse the part you want quickly, even as you save the original. If not, you tend to open a previous file of that kind (the invoice, for instance), edit what you want and then save it with a fresh name. But the trouble is you may accidentally retain details of the previous file in that.

Always make full use of the task bar. It is much easier to start a program that has been pinned to the task bar rather than look for it on the desktop or the start menu. If you have as many as ten tabs in your browser and you only need to focus on one thing at a time, all you need to do is click on the specific tab and drag it. It will get converted into a window of its own.

Monday, July 7, 2014
Advantages of Renting Computers for Small Businesses

Anybody who has made an attempt to start and maintain the functionality of a small business enterprise or a start-up would have come across several obstacles with respect to getting access to the latest technology available in the market.

Your entire investment money could be consumed in purchasing new-age computer technology and peripheral equipments, and this obviously poses a big problem for small scale businesses with limited budgets.

The good news for small business entrepreneurs is that there are a variety of useful alternatives available today apart from simply purchasing brand new computer systems for their businesses. The most common and popular among these alternatives is the concept of ‘Computer Rentals’.

How Can Computer Rentals Help Businesses?

There are several financial advantages of renting a computer instead of purchasing one. There is obviously an appreciable cut-down in your investment cost, added tax-saving benefits, and accuracy in budgeting with respect to monthly expenditures, to name a few.

There are other benefits of rentals as well. For instance, you have the option to rent a completely different set of computer equipment based on your new requirements, once your rental period is over and demands renewal.

It is definitely more pocket-friendly. You have no burden of disposing off your computer system when it no longer serves you (as in the case of purchased computers). In case of rentals, you simply have to give back the system to the rental service once you are done using it. With computer rentals, you are also presented with a wide variety of brands and equipment to choose from. Most good computer rental services will have computers and laptops of all the tops brands such as Dell, Lenovo, HP, Apple, Compaq etc that are available for renting.

Updated Technology for your Business

Companies often waste large amounts of money to update their computer systems to match the latest technological advancements. An easier option is to instead use the fund to invest in upgraded computer rental equipment. The value of computers is nearly nil at the end of a three year period, so owning an old system is not the most lucrative of positions to be in. Rental programs help you update your computer systems from time to time-be it short term or long term.

Installation and purchase of new computers can weigh down your administrative income and is also a complete waste of time and effort. This task is automatically undertaken by computer rentals. The programs installed by the computer rental company can simply upgrade your computer system without any hassles.

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

If you run your own business in Toronto or are planning to start one, you might be looking at meeting your technological requirements in a cost-effective manner. Every office today requires a basic set up with computers, printers and other related equipment. But this also calls for major investments from the business point of view. The good news is that there are a number of computer rental services in Toronto that could meet your short term technological needs in an efficient and cost-saving way.

These computer rentals offer clients a huge variety of brands for desktop computers or laptops that can be rented for a certain period of time. The plus point is that this equipment will be delivered to any specified location in Canada without any effort from your end. You also get to select your computer equipment from brands like HP, Dell, Lenovo, Apple etc. which guarantee good performance.

Technical Support

Toronto

Clients are also provided with full staff support with respect to technical issues. This includes the entire equipment installation process and the download of customized software. The support staff also offers configuration support along with dismantling the equipment when it is no longer needed for use. The computers are usually available for rent on a daily, weekly, monthly or even a yearly basis. Computer rentals in Toronto are very common as they are simple, cost saving and yet extremely efficient ways to get a technological aid for your running your business. Their benefits for different types of staff training programs, client meetings and presentations and short term projects are especially notable.

Other Benefits

As mentioned earlier, Toronto has a number of computer rentals that provide affordable, reliable and good quality branded computer technology to meet different types of business needs. You could be a sole entrepreneur looking for a personal laptop or a large company looking to rent equipment for corporate travel purposes, all your needs can be met at these computer rental services.

They will also offer adequate consultation if required. Also, they have access to the biggest stock of computer equipment, ranging from desktops, laptops, workstations to notebooks. In fact a whole range of presentation equipment is also available at these computer rentals-printers, screens, displays and other miscellaneous equipment.

If your firm is planning on holding a conference anywhere in Canada, the staff from the computer rental company can help arrange network communication setups that will give your staff access to all kinds of information shared in the entire conference space.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014
Computer Rental Services in Toronto

If you  are based out of  Toronto and carry out your own business or if you are part of a professional team in a company, you may like to consider computer rental services in order to meet your short and long term technological requirements. This means you would get high quality computer equipments for rent accompanied by consistent customer support services.

There are a number of good computer rentals in Toronto that provide a large  range of computers and related equipments from top brand such as Apple, HP, Dell, IBM and Toshiba. These rental services usually allows you to select the computer or any other equipment from their huge inventory. Choose the ones which best suits your business needs with regards to technological support.

Staff assistance is also  provided if the client is not sure about his or her specific technological needs or the right computer to pick for the particular business tasks. They not only help you pick the appropriate equipment but also guide you about various applications that you could get installed in your computer,  offering personalized solutions to every customer.

Rental packages and benefits

The fact that computer rentals are so popular can be accredited to the fact that it is a cost–saving solution. This is especially beneficial for businesses and individuals who have to meet technology needs for a short  period of time. All budgets are considered by these computer rentals whether one is looking to rent an LCD monitor for a professional show or simply a personal computer for an office space. There are value-for-money plans to incorporate different needs of customers.

Toronto-Business development hub

Toronto has often been acknowledged for its extensive growth in the fields of entrepreneurship and innovation. Businesses are fast expanding from this city to all across the globe and this naturally calls for networking and use of information technology. So,computer rentals are becoming extremely popular in the city to meet the various demands of entrepreneurs and professionals.

The students at the University of Toronto make frequent use of these affordable computer rentals for executing their class projects. A lot of companies in the city of Toronto also meet their staff training requirements by making use of computer rentals. There are options to check out the newest range of computers and laptops and this helps you to make an informed buying decision. You can also look at the lightweight computer variety if you are planning to take a business trip.

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Monday, June 9, 2014

A lot of electronic waste is being generated with new technology coming in quickly. Most of the e-waste normally consists of old and bulky computers. However, we can recycle most of the components used in these old machines to make new gadgets. Many companies have even started taking steps towards this direction.

Components that can be recycled

Plastic plays a major role among the main components that can be recycled. It is also a major element used for making new gadgets. Many companies have kick-started their recycling program to use plastic in a better and eco-friendly manner. Other re-usable materials include metals and glass. According to experts, almost 99 percent of the components used in different kinds of electronic gadgets can be recycled. The current practice of carelessly dumping these elements is harming the environment as toxic metals and chemicals enter the food chain of many wild animals.

Companies need to put in more effort

Computers with Recycled Plastic

Computer and mobile manufacturing companies need to put in a more effort by expanding their hardware take-back program all over the world. These companies need to re-use  plastics and metals from the old computers, manufactured by them. However, they must also make sure that their efforts are sustainable so that they can keep following the practice for a long period of time. These efforts will surely turn profitable for such companies as they will be able to save a lot of money while maintaining an eco-friendly image.

Recycling practices can also reduce the production of virgin plastic, which causes major harm to the environment than other kinds of plastics. Companies need to make efforts to reduce the use of such plastic as its incineration produces toxic chemicals.

Another step which can encourage the use of recycled materials renting of computers. People do not need to purchase a computer if they need it just for a short span. Instead, they can go for the ones available for rent and return it when they don’t need it anymore. Computer rental companies generally have partnership with companies when it comes to providing their customers computer on rent. With such practices, there will be less generation of new computers which in turn will keep a tab on the amount of plastic used in the process.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Are you worried about that old computer resting in your basement? Well, keep it for a little longer and you may get a handsome price for it. Old computers are becoming hot collectible items along with the peripherals. This phenomenon is not just associated with the computers, but with many other devices that contains circuitry manufactured by certain organizations. A few years ago such devices were just used for promotional purpose, but now they have turned into valuable relics.

Vibrant market emerging for old consoles

Many experts are suggesting that in a few more years time, the market for such old electronic devices will become huge and their prices will rise with every passing year. For instance a person might have bought a paper weight manufactured by Fairchild Semiconductor International 15 years ago for $15, the value of which is more than $4000 presently as it contains computer chips that were used in the Apollo moon mission.

Not all old computer and gadgets are valuable

Old Computers Turning into Collector's Items

However, not all old gadgets are collector's items. It is a little complicated business as the value of a computer depends on whether it has any significant contribution in the history of computers. The value is also dependent on how and when it was produced. The other aspect is the common factor associated with every collectible, which is rarity. Some of the computers manufactured during the 70s and 80s were made in very small numbers and so naturally have more value. If you own an old gadget or device that has been produced on a large scale, a better option would be to recycle it rather than waiting to get a good price out if it. 

The key to an old computer becoming a collectible item is whether it was the first in the series to be manufactured. If not, you don't have to keep it as it is likely to fetch you nothing. If you have an old computer at home, you can check its worth by tracking its price at the auction market. However, if you want to get good money, you will have to keep it in good condition and wait for the time till it turns into something valuable.

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Thursday, May 22, 2014
Computer Rentals in Montreal

Whenever you think of starting a small business, you will require computers on which your workers can do their work. At first, you may find it difficult to acquire the resources to purchase the computers. In such circumstances, computer rental companies are there to help you out. You will find many computer rental agencies in and around Montreal.

These computer rental companies ensure that small companies stay competitive against medium to large companies. These computers that are available for rent at reasonable price can save you from the trouble of purchasing it as most of the organization need these computers for only a brief period of time.

Some of the major benefits of using a computer rental service are as follows-

It becomes very easy to keep a tab on the budget

You can easily compute your monthly expenditure when you are renting out the computer as there are hardly any fees with respect to it.

Pre-installed software

Most of the computer rental agencies in Montreal provide the customers with all the basic software that they will require for their daily operations.

End of term options

Rental companies in Montreal offer customers with a flexible end of term option. Over a period of time, as the computer become obsolete, you can exchange it with the current model. If you prefer the new one, you continue using it.

Easy delivery

Most of the computer rental firms in Montreal deliver all the computers along with the accessories at the doorstep of the customer and even assemble it for them. Besides that, they also provide the customers with additional equipment such as  printers and scanners.

Computer loaner

These rental companies will provide you with a new computer within 24 hours if there is a need for  repair in any of your computers, so that there will be no interruption in your daily operational activities.

Competitive pricing

Computer rental companies charge reasonable price for all their services which the customers would find it hard to resist. The longer you use the computers, the less the monthly charges that you will have to pay.

Proper installation and testing

Authorized engineers and technical experts carry out testing and installation.

Easy installation of the in-house software

Pre-configured computers can be loaded with customer's in-house software which will be done by the technical staff.

So you can see how favorable it is to rent computers for all kinds of purpose especially in Montreal.

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Thursday, May 15, 2014
Dell Studio XPS 9100

Today, many small companies as well as individuals are operating their businesses from home. They have allocated a small office space which helps them function reasonably well and they save up on the cost of renting or buying a place. A quintessential element of a home office is a computer or laptop. Computer rentals are becoming very popular these days as they are able to supply latest desktop and laptop computers installed with all the necessary software for businesses to use.

Below are some of the top rated computers to rent for your home office:

1. Dell Studio XPS 9100

For handling top end tasks that can handle all your business operations efficiently, try Dell Studio XPS 9100. Priced at $1099, this is a powerful system with an Intel Core i&-930 processor. It boasts of an 8GB RAM and a hard drive of 1 TB. Another stand out feature of this system is the strong ATI HD5670 graphics card. This is one good looking laptop with a glossy finish and impressive interior and a great consideration for a home office use computer!

2. Gateway SX2840-01

If you are looking for a sleek and trendy medium sized laptop, check out the Gateway SX2840-01, priced at just $559. But the size has nothing to do with performance of this strong contender for home office computers. What you get with the Gateway SX2840-01 is brilliant connectivity and options for upgradability. The processor for this machine is an Intel Core i3-530. It has a 6GB RAM and comes with hard drive of 1TB along with a DVD writer.

3. The Toshiba Satellite T215D

Experience the comfort of portability that usually comes with a netbook with the Toshiba Satellite T215D. It is easy to carry because of its sleek body and yet has all the functional features of mainstream laptop computer. Almost all kinds of business related applications can be run on the Satellite T215D and it weighs just about 3 pounds! Enjoy video playback of HD quality on the Satellite T215D that has an AMD Athlon II Neo K125 processor. It also comes with a Radeon HD 4225 graphics chip and a 2GB RAM.

4. HP Envy 17

Weighing close to 7.5 pounds, this machine is a powerhouse with its magnesium and aluminum exterior. It has a quad core processor- Intel Core i7-720QM and a 6GB RAM. Get impressed by its ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5850 graphics chip!

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