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VPS hosting offers lower costs than dedicated server hosting (DNS and other services) because the VPS server is not accessed on a dedicated network connection. There are three main benefits to VPS hosting:

1. You have greater freedom to run your own software packages on the server.

2. You can use virtual private servers to host your public facing web sites or share your own servers with others.

3. VPS server provide a variety of hosting options including shared hosting, no contract, and/or high availability. Although they do have low access restrictions, most VPS’s have limited or no internet access, so you cannot download files from the internet.

For a variety of reasons, many organizations choose to buy or lease dedicated servers. They are the best solution for a small company or project, such as a team that wants dedicated servers for various use cases. High end dedicated server products are now common and cost about the same as private VPS servers. They may include hardware redundancy and even have a dedicated video and network card. But do note, that some dedicated servers offer more robust security services than VPS servers. So use them judiciously if you intend to host sensitive information on them, such as your bank or corporate password information, customer databases or financial information.

Having multiple VPS servers means you will need to get access to multiple servers. This may be easy to manage if you already have a dedicated server where you can manage each server using a common GUI. However, if you don’t have a dedicated server, you may have to make an account to view your VPS’s, configure them, and manage them. It is likely that you will also need to build your own password management software or use other security services such as WAPI, which offer free security assessment. An additional requirement is that all servers must have the same IP address. Sometimes you may need to enable the forwarding of your connections to different servers (most common if you are using external services) as we’ll explain in the next section.

As mentioned before, dedicated server hosts tend to offer higher access restrictions than VPS hosts. However, there are a few options. If you are using an existing dedicated server that does not have any user accounts, you should not be restricted at all. If you are running your own project or using a VPS for a personal use, you may have more access restrictions. We suggest that you ensure your VPS account is not already in the contact list of your company. We’re not discussing open VPS here; we’re talking about isolated VPS’s. For more information on account administration, please refer to section 3.3.

However, if you are interested in using dedicated servers for a project or if you are looking to purchase additional services, we suggest that you read our dedicated server guide. It explains how dedicated servers differ from VPS’s, how to register for a dedicated server, and what different level of services you can run on a dedicated server. We also explain why and how open or isolated VPS’s are an alternative. Having a separate guide for each level of service makes it easier to pick the right one for you.

January 28th, 2010
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New Years Update

I sat down with myself the other day and decided that one of my few, and ultimately doomed new years resolutions, would be to update this blog at least once a week if not more, and I will do my best to hold to that, as there’s a lot of industry developments as of late, and a long-winded article every couple of weeks just doesn’t really cut it, so here’s to hoping that works out.

To begin with I told myself that MyTwoSenses shouldn’t too be formulaic, as there’s enough cookie-cutter stuff out there already, but I’ve realised that a few weekly sections/articles wouldn’t go amiss, and might be an easier way to convey my drivel to you fine sirs. With that say, starting from today I’m going to a “weekly picks” article, with links to sites and vidoes worth wasting your time on and a little bit of info, whether it be useful game guides, kick-ass headshots or simply stupid viral-y sort of stuff. So…

Weekly Picks 13/01/10

  • First thing to check out, if you don’t already follow it, is Zero Punctuation, and it’s awesome games video reviews done by the hilarious and frankly psychotic Ben “Yahtzee” Croshaw
  • Next up is YouTube channel from a gentleman who goes by the name of SeaNanners. This guy posts up video commentary on his games of Call of Duty, as well as giving tips on how to make that special sort of pwnage ensue and additionally does some light-hearted video commentary for a few other games. Comical, useful and generally good clean fun – do it.
  • Another YouTube Channel now, College Humour – Besides a shitload of funny and well produced spoofs and parodies of movies and pop culture (I highly recommend the “I gotta feeling” Parody) they run a gaming series called Bleep Bloop and I found their recent review of Tony Hawk’s Skateboard Controller to be particularly poignant and thought-provoking to me…well not really, but just watch it, you’ll see.
  • And finally something completely un-games related, but awesome nonetheless is Zach Galifianakis’ (star of The Hangover) Between Two Ferns. If you’re partial to a bit of extremely awkward humour, this is definitely your cup of tea and has to be seen to be believed.

And that’s it for this week, lookout for a Games News Update in the next day or two. As always let me know your thoughts about anything on the blog , even hate mail is fun!

January 13th, 2010
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Network security is one of the most important aspects to consider when working over the internet. Though it sounds scary, it’s not very difficult. I personally have come across several dozen hacks I wished were a thing of the past. To get started, it’s easy to use free tools to protect your computer. These apps can protect you from the most common internet threats, like phishing, viruses, and DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service).

What is cyber protection? - Definition, Importance, Types, Cost - Acronis

Choose Your Most Secure Browser

Browser security is a topic that can’t be discussed enough. It comes down to convenience and effectiveness. You want to be able to do all of your tech tasks with a browser, whether it’s navigating around the web or using an online app. If you’ve got a choice, go with a browser with the strongest security technology and a strong core code, so that you won’t have to worry about hacks being used to break in, we suggest including the use of SD-WAN solutions to protect your network as well. But these days, everyone wants the fastest, most stable, and most efficient browser they can get. We’ve got the best browsers to choose from. Here’s a few of the most secure browsers:

If your phone is like mine, then you probably have a pretty good idea of what a fingerprint scanner and iris scanner will do for your security. These two simple tools can help you to keep your information private when you get in to a new place. These are also very effective in stopping nefarious people from accessing your accounts, but it’s up to you if you want to take the plunge. They’re easy to use and the encryption tools they use are secure. If you really want to protect yourself online, then be sure to use these two services.

Some of the best smartphone apps are also available for your desktop. For example, your browser is more secure, as all your online accounts are stored within your phone, whereas on your desktop, your personal files are isolated, protected, and encrypted.

Protect Your Virtual Machine

Before you get to your virtual machine, be sure to secure your computer first. Many users will simply choose not to install any antivirus software because antivirus programs can be more tedious than necessary to operate. But if you use the very most up-to-date antivirus programs available, it could be the difference between your system being hacked and having to scramble your files. And since your antivirus programs aren’t capable of being installed on virtual machines, it’s even more important to protect them. If you have a Mac or Linux machine, then you can simply install your antivirus software, but if you’re a Windows user, then you’ll need to download an antivirus solution that’s specifically designed for virtualization. Also, make sure your connection is secure since this is the first line of defense. Internet providers, like www.EATEL.com/residential/phone/, can help you with that.

How To Protect Your Data from Hacking in Virtualization

Your resources are finite and there’s not much you can do about it. The good news is that you don’t need to do anything complicated orĀ  sophisticated to protect your data. You simply have to make sure you keep a backup, e.g., cloud database like Couchbase, of your system before it’s shared with your guests. The whole point of security is to have data confidentiality where the users can be assured of the privacy of the data. Data masking done right can protect the content of data. If you want to learn more about data masking best practices, look for Delphix.

April 2nd, 2008
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