A Look at Modern License Management

Software licensing has changed over the years, with software piracy and other end user situations complicating the distribution of programs. While various digital rights management, or DRM, techniques have come into play, many companies instead opt for the use of floating software licensing and a license manager tool. The use of both can help you to secure your software and also enable remote distribution to many different users in a simple manner.


What is a Network Administrator?

Virtually every business that has an IT department has a network administrator. Despite the common nature of this position, few people truly understand what such an individual does. By understanding what a network administrator does, you can communicate more effectively with your own administrator and also make sure that you know which qualities to look for if you are ever in the position where you need to find somebody to fill this role.

The Position at a Glance

A person in this position is responsible for performing support services for a variety of different information systems related to an organization. This may include the company's local area network, or LAN, a wide area network, or WAN, a company's internal intranet, or another Internet or network system. Individuals in this position can also perform general IT duties and systems repairs, but their specialty is in network operations. If you are having issues with your Internet or intranet, if you need to set up a new private network for specific individuals within your organization, or if you are looking to streamline your office's network activities, your network administrator is the person you should speak to.


Guide to Virtual Private Networks

Imagine leaving your home wearing a clearly legible sign around your neck that provides all of your most important and private information: your name, address, contact information, banking and other financial data, all of your shopping habits, places you frequent and what you do while you are there. Most of us would not want to share this information with complete strangers, for many obvious reasons. This data can put you at risk in any number of ways, including potential theft and physical harm. Yet, that is exactly what many people do every time they use internet.

When individuals and businesses use the internet without encryption they leave all of their information out in the open, and put themselves at great risk. A virtual private network (VPN) can ensure the security of your connections and your most important information. A VPN utilizes a public network (most commonly the Internet) to link distant sites or users. In the past computers had to be connected via hardwiring. A VPN uses "virtual" connections directed through the Internet from the individual or organization’s private network to the distant site or employee location.
There are several advantages to using a VPN. As shown above, a VPN can be used to establish a secure connection to a remote network using the Internet. Many businesses use VPNs to enable employees to access to files, software, hardware, and other company resources. Individual users can also utilize a VPN to safely access their secure home network from a remote location.

VPNs are extremely useful to organizations that need to securely connect several networks. As a result, businesses of nearly every size depend on a VPN to connect and share servers and other assets between multiple locations around the world. Individuals can also utilize a VPN to connect their home or additional networks for personal use.


Port Forwarding and You

One of the most common techniques out there for people with a remote desktop is port forwarding. This allows remote computers to access a local area network (LAN) or specific router fr om an outside location. This technique is extremely useful if you are on the go a lot but want to keep using a specific network. It is especially useful to small businesses, which use it to connect satellite offices, provide remote access to employees on the move, and more.

What is Port Forwarding?

Port forwarding, also known as port mapping, is intended to open up access to network services for specific computers that are directly on a network. Typically, somebody logging onto the Internet actually has two IP addresses – the general address used by the Internet router and the specific, hidden address used by the specific computer. The computer feeds information to the router, which then handles all incoming and outgoing information. Port forwarding allows you to open up new channels on your router that allows the flow of information in different ways. Local port forwarding can be used to overcome firewalls for certain services, while remote forwarding can give outside access to chosen machines.


A Brief Overview of the Windows Built In Firewall

Windows has had a built in firewall since Windows XP, and maintained that feature during transitions to Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8. The goal of the firewall is to enhance security for users, particularly those who are not thoroughly experienced with potential online hazards. Some more advanced users consider the Windows firewall to be a bit too cumbersome. This guide will give you a quick rundown on the firewall and when it should and should not be used.

Different Version of the Built In Firewall

The Windows built in firewall has seen steady evolution since it began in XP. In a base install of Windows XP, the firewall blocks only inbound connections that have not been initiated by your computer, and the setting is turned off by default. Service Pack 2, however, turns on the firewall default and also gives administrators group control over the firewall. Vista saw additional filters put on the firewall, and Windows 7 and 8 have worked to provide the user with more control over what information you allow. This includes being able to designate different connections as either a home network, a work network, or a public network.


7 Tips to Secure Your Network

The Internet has created a vast network for business that has improved communications and operations exponentially. Unfortunately, the Internet has also created a new environment primed for security threats and cybercrime. A network attack can result in consequences that may range from being mildly troublesome to completely debilitating. Businesses have faced the loss of important data, privacy violations, and hours or sometimes days, of network downtime.

Regardless of your company’s size and the kind of business it performs, you face several inherent threats to your network security. There are hackers who develop botnets and other automated scanning techniques that are focused on finding holes in your network security to exploit. From within, companies have faced security threats at the hands of disgruntled, unaware and even nosy employees. However, businesses that take a holistic approach to their network security can easily overcome these threats and successfully protect their most important information and operations.



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