What To Ask Yourself When Shopping for a Web Hosting Package

When you are trying to create an online presence, it is very important to choose the right web hosting company. Web hosting is the service that allows you to deliver your website to your target market as they type in your domain name. There are many online companies now and knowing the right questions to ask when getting a hosting package may be your edge against your competitors.

Know if domain registration is already included in your hosting package

Most hosting service like GoDaddy includes a free domain for every purchase of a year of web hosting. Registering your domain with the company that will host your website will also reduce the hassles that can result from having to import your domain to your hosting company. You can always as a professional to do this but will incur your additional costs.

Determine the number of websites that you can host with your hosting package

Some internet marketers have large number of website and can target many niches. Being able to host extra domain names at no additional costs can save you from purchasing a new hosting package for each domain you decide to register.

Check the percentage of your guaranteed uptime

When a web host experiences downtime, your websites are inaccessible and your company could lose money. Leading hosts will guarantee the amount of uptime – which should exceed 99.8% for the best companies.

Determine the level of service this hosting company provides

This should also include aspects like uploading files to configuring systems, hosting a website can be a tricky business. You need a company that provides world-class support when you need it. Before signing up for a hosting package, make sure the company you’re considering provides support through multiple methods: email, phone, helpdesk, knowledge base, and a customer forum. The best companies will offer 24-hour phone support in case of emergencies. When hundreds of thousands of dollars are on the line, you want to have this level of service.

Do they offer money-back guarantee?

Occasionally people run into web hosting companies that provide poor service or slow web servers. To prevent yourself from being locked into a year-long contract with a company that does not provide the level of service you need, make sure the web host you’re considering offers a 30-day money back guarantee. This is standard in the hosting industry, and nearly every reputable host offers it.

Things to Look Forward Too in Technology in the Next Decade

Technology has indeed reached far greater heights, more than we have already imagined. After Apple’s big push towards a wireless future, I can’t help but wonder that the future awaits when it comes to technology and other devices.

Everything is started to become wireless. Wireless headphones like Apple’s AirPods are being introduced in the market. Wireless mouse, keyboards, printers and display adapters. Come to think of it, a wireless future means that will be no snags, tangles and breakages anymore. Everything would be the same minus these inconveniences. This is something I find magnificent. Of course, the improvement in technology is not limited to wireless gadgets. Let us look at the other possibilities, technology have to offer in the decade to come.

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Faster internet broadband plans

Faster internet, something 10X faster than what we get to enjoy today is something worth looking forward to in the future. Starry, an internet company came up with the idea of delivering gigabit internet – 1,000 Mbps, or 125 megabytes per second, to the public with just minimal upgrades in infrastructure. This is said to be possible within the coming decade, or even less.

This works by transmitting internet signals via transmitters dotted around a city that acts like cell towers. This signal is then received by an antenna installed outside a window that is then transmitted via cable to the Starry WiFi router or a router of your choice. This exciting development is already in beta in Boston and would roll out in more cities by 2017.

LiFi Internet access

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LiFi internet makes the internet accessible via LED light bulbs. This works by flickering LED light bulbs quickly, allowing it to transmit Visible Light Communication Signals (VLC) to digital devices that is capable of accepting VLC. This is possible by installing a small microchip to every potential device that illuminates. Internet spends of up to 224 gigabits per second is what the LiFi commits that makes it possible to download an 8K, 90-minute movie in 22 seconds. This technology is believed to be available for the public in 3 to 5-year time.

Companies creating licenses for their own wireless standards

This is something like Google Cast or Apple’s AirPlay. This technology is often better than an alternative that is not under a proprietary, since the company developing the standard is not beholden to other needs.

The development playing field is distorted because of the risks of letting a smaller group of company hold the key over everyone else. This is also believed to be the reason why it would also be difficult to have a smooth sailing wireless future.

Internet Security Tips: Fighting and Preventing Spam

According to studies, half of the e-mails that we received around the world are spam or “junk” e-mail. Although most e-mail messaging websites have a way to identify nuisance or “spam” mails, the prevalence of spam emails have increased so much that most internet users have begun to express a general lack of confidence in the effectiveness of e-mail as a communication platform. A lot are even more concerned with the spread of computer viruses that usually comes together with these unsolicited messages.

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The United States even has a “Can Spam” bill that was signed in 2003 by President Bush. The bill was instantly approved by the Senate and prohibits unsolicited e-mail from using false return addresses, to disguise one’s identity and the use of dictionaries to generate such mailers. It also prohibits that use of misleading subject lines that requires emails to include and opt-out mechanism. Violators are subject to up to a year time in jail.

One major point that needs to be discussed about this:  spam is now coming from other countries in ever-greater numbers. These emails are harder to fight, because they come from outside our country’s laws and regulations.  Because the Internet opens borders and thinks globally, these laws are fine and good, but do not stop the problem.

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So how can you fight against spam and screen them out just like how you screen out the best home phone and internet deals? Here are tips that you can follow.

Do what you can to avoid having your email address out on the net.

There are products called “spam spiders” that search the Internet for email addresses to send email to.  If you are interested, do a search on “spam spider” and you will be amazed at what you get back.  Interestingly, there is a site, WebPoison.org, which is an open source project geared to fight Internet “spambots” and “spam spiders”, by giving them bogus HTML web pages, which contain bogus email addresses

A couple suggestions for you:  a) use form emails, which can hide addresses or also b) use addresses like sales@company.com instead of your full address to help battle the problem. c) There are also programs that encode your email, like jsGuard, which encodes your email address on web pages so that while spam spiders find it difficult or impossible to read your email address.

Get spam blocking software.

There are many programs out there for this.  (go to www.cloudmark.com or www.mailwasher.net for example).  You may also buy a professional version.  Whatever you do, get the software. It will save you time.  The software is not foolproof, but they really do help.  You usually have to do some manual set up to block certain types of email.

Attachments from people you don’t know are BAD for you.

A common problem with spam is that they have attachments and attachments can have viruses.  Corporations often have filters that don’t let such things pass to you.  Personal email is far more “open country” for spamers.  General rule of thumb:  if you do not know who is sending you something, DO NOT OPEN THE ATTACHMENT.  Secondly, look for services that offer filtering. Firewall vendors offer this type of service as well.

It is all up to you to fight against Spam and other negative things that comes from the internet. Being aware and cautious helps in increasing internet safety at home and at work.

 

Mobile Internet Comparison: A Strategy to Stay Connected

In the past, to have an internet access can only be possible if the PC has a DSL connection. Today, internet can be had anytime and anywhere even on mobile phones. As people grow more dependent on the internet, so does the competition between providers has become huge and intense to gain more customers to their side. Users are deluged with new offers and promotional packages that it can be extremely difficult to choose the best deal in the market unless a mobile internet comparison is undertaken.

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There are many ways to be connected whether one is at home, in the office, while travelling, or just on the run. Options can range from using free Wi-Fi at any hotspot to installing a mobile broadband network device on the laptop or a mobile hotspot device for 24-hour internet access over a cellular network. While it can be tempting to choose the one with the best features, the decision can sometimes depend on some factors like budget or the technical limitations of the package. This highlights the importance of making a mobile internet comparison as a way of lessening the difficulty in picking the right choice.

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Factors to Consider when Choosing Mobile Internet Provider

  • Data Allowance – Each mobile internet provider offers certain data allowance level. Take note that it is the same term for download limit which dictates the cost to be charged by the provider. Light to heavy users usually consume the data allowance for web browsing and downloading. Data transfer occurs while loading a page. Make sure to check how much data allowance is defined in each package.
  • Price – There are different price for each plan offered. Providers have different charges depending on the features included in the package. There are websites with internet comparison template that can help in choosing the most cost effective plan.
  • Coverage – If your internet requirement demands uninterrupted connection, it is important to make sure that the package you choose has good signal in different areas. Some providers have limited internet access within the city and other places. Subscribe to the one that can enable you to login wherever your destination takes you.
  • Specific Needs – Your personal requirements determine which service provider befits you. For example, if you are a frequent downloader, a package with high bandwidth allowance is what you need. But, for light users, a cheaper package with lower data allowance will suffice.

It goes without saying that mobile internet allows you to stay connected with family, friends, and the world. Like all things, there are also two sides to whatever your final pick is. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of the different ways to stay connected.

  • Wi-Fi Hotspots – These are public locations such as coffee shops, hotels, etc. offering wireless connection to their internet service. While the access is free, you can be spending more on the food and drinks available for purchase in the establishments. Wi-Fi hotspots are also unsecured, and to be able to have an access, you have to be physically within the signal range.
  • Internet Cafes or Cybercafes – These are usually coffee shops with computer workstations and Wi-Fi internet access. With the availability of computer units and peripherals, there is practically no need to carry your personal laptop. But, it can be quite expensive to stay in internet cafes especially if there is the need to use the internet for considerable number of hours, not to mention the need to order for food and drinks offered in the menu. This option is best for travellers on emergency need to have internet access. However, one must be cautious about viruses prevalent to computers used by the public.
  • Tethering – Some cellular networks allows the use of the mobile phone as laptop modem. This enables you to go online as long as there is cellular signal strong enough to go web surfing or send data. However, it can take forever to perform these online functions especially in spotty areas.
  • Mobile Broadband – The use of a built-in mobile broadband card or a USB modem allows you to go online provided there is cellular signal. It can be difficult to receive transmission in certain areas especially if the monthly package is capped only at 5GB of data.

Performing a mobile internet comparison is one effective strategy that cannot be that difficult to carry out. If you want to get the best deal to stay connected, there’s no excuse for not doing your homework.

 

Are Co-Working Spaces Fertile Ground for Entrepreneurship?

Co-working is not a new thing for startup nomads and online entrepreneurs. The usual home-based working environment has managed to grow from working in coffeehouse with WiFi connection to actual cubicles inside offices in both high-end and average offices in the metro. These working spaces are now creating an impact on working communities internationally and have gained momentum in several areas around the world.

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One of the interesting co-working environments that I happened to discover online is the program Remote Year. Since most digital nomads can practically work anywhere around the world, as long as there is internet connection, a group of individuals decided to create this program to make the world see the life of the online entrepreneurs of today. A total of 70 individuals ranging from businessmen, e-commerce store owners, digital artists, SEO experts and the like have embarked in the journey of spending a month in a different city around the world, working their usual stuff online while discovering the beauty and the history of the places that they have been. This people have indeed took co-working into a higher level and managed to go globally. With the year almost about to end, I can only imagine the amount of knowledge and experience these people have managed to acquire while co-working with interesting individuals while travelling around different places for a year.

So besides a new environment to hopefully draw the boredom away from the typical stay at home freelancer and entrepreneur, what does co-working has to offer?

Comfortable places

Although some may see staying at home as their definition of a comfortable working space, some stay-at-home freelancers do not share the same experience. Practically, when you are not living alone, distractions can be one of the reasons why considering to work in an office setting would be beneficial. Doing so also allows you to enjoy the comfort of an actual computer chair, tables, iPrimus internet service, office supplies and office machines that you do not have at home. Naps every now and then can still be enjoyed in co-working spaces. Some even features actual beds where you can catch a few hours of sleep when working for time constricted projects.

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Social life

Staying at home can oftentimes deprive you of meeting new people. Staying in co-working spaces allows you to enjoy a cup of coffee together with a nice conversation about the best apps for graphic design nowadays. Something you can’t enjoy when you work home alone. Interacting with people who understand and really see the big picture of your not so standard way of creating an income is a relief and a breather. You won’t have to continuously explain how your client from Puerto Rico sends you pay for every project that you do or how you make money from your Facebook Fan Page. You can actually meet new people in a different perspective, something beyond your work online.

Possible partnerships

Working online at home also opens you to the possibilities of getting partners that could help you out with your business. However, finding a partner or someone to do a short task for you in a co-working environment will mostly likely guarantee you a professionally done project minus the worries of being able to pay your virtual contractor and then ending up getting nothing. Meeting possible partners in the flesh also allows you to identify if he or she shares the same values and beliefs that you do in the business that you would want him or her to get involved with.

Co-working spaces is a relief, a new experience and can be a way to grow more as an online professional and entrepreneur.

How Speeds in Internet Compare in Terms of Mbps

In order to get the most for their money, internet users today have to learn how to weigh the different features of the internet. Foremost among these features is speed because this determines how efficiently one can do work online and how quickly this work can be accomplished. Here are a few simple tips to show the ordinary consumer how to make such an evaluation to find out how speeds of the internet compare by Mbps.

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Understanding What Internet Speed Really is

Before you can figure out how speeds of the internet compare by MBPS, it is important to have a basic grasp of how the internet transmits data. Data is transmitted over the internet in units called “bits” (arranged in sets of 8 called “bytes”) and a million bits is what is known as a megabit. The letters Mbps stand for 1 million bits per second while the letters MBPS stand for megabytes per second. A megabyte is 8 times the value of a megabit. This is one of the basic pieces of information that factors in how speeds vary so when you look at what plans state as the speed they will provide, you know you have to look at that letter “B” very carefully.

When internet providers say they have 3 Mbps internet speed, they are not exactly giving you the whole picture of how fast your internet service will be;  arriving at an accurate estimate means finding out much more than this. You have to consider not just the overall speed but also the upload and download speed of an ISP. The upload and download speeds will be typically lower than the ISP’s overall speed and there’s no problem with that. However, there are times when an ISP’s over all speed is higher than most but its download and upload speed is slower compared to ISPS with a low overall speed.

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Mbps from Country to Country

Twenty years ago, internet connection was through the painstakingly slow dial-up system which required its own dedicated phone line. Today the internet straddles the entire globe through broadband connections with different countries having varied available speeds. It is interesting to note how speeds of the internet compare from country to country.

Although data and info can change in the blink of an eye (or a byte), surveys show that the ten countries with the fastest internet speeds are: Hong Kong, Taiwan, Lithuania, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Macau, Switzerland, Sweden, South Korea and Singapore. The U.S. has an average broadband connection speed of 3.9 Mbps which ranks it 18th or 19th; Australia is ranked at 40th place, now behind  New Zealand.

Speed up your Internet
All this information shows that your own internet is largely limited to the speed available in your country but there are some things you can do to give your own speed a boost. For a start you can get the best speed being offered by providers. You can turn off graphics, animations, sound, video or other multimedia content from your browser. You can also surf when the internet traffic is low – it is heaviest on weekends and evenings. In addition, you can purge your cache periodically. These steps will help you get the best speed possible.

5 Things to Know About Internet Access in Australia

The internet is one of the important services in the world right now as well as in Australia. It became available permanently in universities as early as 1989 and is now being enjoyed by many citizens as a mean of communication and business.

Here are some of the things you should know about the internet service providers available in Australia.

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Internet access

Internet access can be accessed through varied ranges of technologies in Australia. These include hybrid fibre coaxial cables, digital subscriber lines, satellite internet and integrated services digital network. The Australian government even partnered with the industrial sector to begin rolling out a nationwide Fibre to Premises (FTTP) broadband network last July 2009.

Purpose of the Internet

Australians mostly use the internet for private and personal purposes such as social media and communications. The second most common reason would be for work and the third for education and studying means. With these purposes in mind, we can definitely define how internet service providers target their consuming public. Here is where bundles and internet deals comes in. One interesting deal would be from Foxtel internet that offers a fixed-line service, home internet and Foxtel entertainment all in one bill. It is delivered by the Telstra network ensuring that these is one of the most reliable internet service programs available in the country.

Internet Speed

Internet speed is one of the most significant dictating factors in procuring an internet service connection. On average, the speed that you will be getting in an ADSL2+ Telstra services can throttle back to 256kbps if you exceed your monthly allocation data. Internet speed in Australia currently ranks on the 44th spot among the fastest internet speed connection in the world.

Internet Censorship

Regulations in the use of the internet are under the responsibility of the Australian Communications and Media Authority. It has the power to enforce restrictions on internet contest that is hosted in Australia. Restrictions in the country focus primarily on child pornography, illegal activities and sexual violence.

State and existing territory laws

Materials that are unsuitable to minors are also banned for transmission in Australia. In New South Wales, censorship in the internet was introduced in 2001 and criminalises online materials that are unsuitable for minors. Racial discrimination is also not tolerated in the said country. In 2002, Fredrick Toben, a website owner was ordered to removed material about The Holocaust and vilified Jews in his Australia website. Spoofs websites are also forcibly taken down by the government with no recourse. Any online content that can jeopardize any court case is also instantly removed when requested by the government.