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As we get ready to begin a new school year, we think about what things need to get done. Is my classroom ready? What will my first day with the students look like? Is my teaching aligning with the district’s vision for the upcoming school year? All of these things are important, but in all the back-to-school madness, we often times tend to forget the little things that will enable us to have a successful school year.

Challenge yourself. Do what is best for the students, not what is easiest for you. Has there been something you have been wanting to try? Possibly flipping your classroom or taking a risk to try that new innovative idea. Whatever it is, if it will enhance student learning, go out on the limb and try it. It is worth it for your students’ sake.

As you plan for the new school year, take time to think about these tips.

2. Bring Positive Energy into Meetings

We all know that person who does nothing but complain and look for the negative in everything. Be a positive leader. Look for the good in situations. Bring a positive vibe to colleagues. Once you bring that energy, others will quickly follow.

3. Welcome Change

Most of the time, we have no control over decisions made. Change can be a great thing. Don’t focus on the past, look at the present and plan for the fuure. Think about why change is happening and seek ways it can help improve student learning. 

4. Remain Upbeat About All Your Students

“ALL means ALL”. Don’t look for excuses for why a student isn’t performing. Look for solutions. We need to believe ALL of our students can achieve.

5. Stay Away From Gossip

Don’t waste your time on the unecessary things. Nothing is worse than being caught up in the rumor mill. Instead of gossiping, fill that time focusing on student learning or building positive relationships with your colleagues.

6. Take Care of Yourself

You can’t be productive if you aren’t healthy or worse, burnt out. What makes you feel relaxed? Set aside time for yourself, doing things you enjoy outside of education.

7. Maintain a Growth Mindset

Things can improve. If things are tough, brainstorm solutions. Look for the positive in every situation and believe everyone is capable of achieving.

8. Lead by Example

Don’t wait for others. If you know something needs to be done, do it. Everyone has the ability to be a leader. Our students need all of us to be successful. Regardless of title, remember it takes a village.

9. Seek Ways to Collaborate

We can achieve a lot more as a team. Extend your personal learning network. Plan with colleagues. Take courses. Participate in Twitter Chats. There are a variety of ways you can continue life-long learning.

10. Have Fun!

Make sure you enjoy what you are doing. Don’t be afraid to laugh with your students. When your students see you are passionate, they will be more likely buy into what you are teaching. Plus, no one enjoys a grumpy teacher.

Most important, as eager kids begin trickling through our school doors, never forget they are the reason why we are all here. Always keep their interests first. Best of luck to each of you in the upcoming school year!

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Are You Ready For Microsoft ‘Officetalk’?

Every once in a while, Microsoft comes up with a super popular product, one that people love to use. No, really!

Windows 95 and Windows 7 are good examples. Xbox is awesome. Word had a good run. And a lot of people love Outlook. There are others.

The issue of lovable Microsoft products is separate and distinct from market success, which often earns Microsoft billions, even though people hate using them. Windows Vista, Exchange and Windows Mobile come to mind.

Don’t look now, but Microsoft is sitting on a super lovable product — or at least a concept that could be a product, if Microsoft can muster the vision to ship it before they smother it with features and functionality.

It’s called OfficeTalk. Microsoft unveiled it last week.

Micro-blogging sites like Twitter, and hybrid micro-blogging/social networking services like Google Buzz, have proved the potential for collaborative decision-making and timely information sharing in the consumer world.

Like instant messaging, blogging and other communications technologies that started out in the consumer space and trickled up into the enterprise, micro-blogging is almost predestined to become a major enterprise application.

Microsoft OfficeTalk works kind of like Buzz or Twitter, but the data lives on company servers and is owned and managed by the company.

Its purpose, in addition to improving internal company communication, appears to be to redirect company information from closed e-mail conversations to open (within the company) searchable conversations. When any employee wants to find something out, they no longer have to ask the right person and wait for a reply. They can just search the company chatter stream.

Thousands of Microsoft workers have reportedly been using OfficeTalk internally for months. It started as a pet project of two engineers on the Office Labs team. Microsoft recently rolled it out to a small group of customers for a trial.

Each user fills out a profile, which is indexed for search.

OfficeTalk has two “feeds” — one belonging to the user, like on Twitter or Buzz, and the other a “Company Feed” for company communications and conversations. Users can follow other people in the company by subscribing to their feeds.

As on Twitter, each user can specify whether messages sent go only to specific groups (such as followers, ad hoc teams or to the whole department) or if they go to the whole company.

OfficeTalk also has a Twitter-like hashtag keywording system, whereby searchable keywords are added to messages and identified with the # symbol. So, for example, if the company has a holiday party each year, the event can be assigned the hashtag #holidayparty. When someone posts a message of note about that event, they add the hashtag: “Hey, can we bring our kids to the #holidayparty?”. Any search for the hashtag #holidayparty gets all messages with that hashtag.

OfficeTalk will likely involve APIs that enable the development of custom applications integrated with Microsoft Office.

The first is SharePoint 2010, which is a browser-based social content and document management system.

The second is Outlook Social Connector (part of Office 2010), which a contacts-centric social tool vaguely similar in purpose but different in function to Linked-in. (And, in fact, a partnership with Linked-in integrates Linked-in data.)

Outlook Social Connector gives users a social history (previous conversations, future meetings current conversations and so on) about that person, plus other information so users know who they’re talking to. Outlook Social Connector mines data in Outlook and SharePoint to provide social “dossiers” on contacts.

Another way to look at Outlook Social Connector is that it’s “glue” that brings together disparate sets of social data and presents it in various integrated views from within Outlook.

I don’t know for sure, but I believe OfficeTalk functionality might be folded into one or both of these products.

A Microsoft blog post about enterprise social networking almost apologizes to readers for OfficeTalk’s limited functionality, saying that it’s “pretty bare bones.” In that same post, the blogger points out that the OfficeTalk project is “one of the most popular internal concept tests to date.”

Microsoft should but probably doesn’t understand that these two facts are related. Bare bones social networking sites are popular. Look at Buzz. Look at Twitter. There’s no such thing as a bloated, feature rich but successful social networking or micro-blogging service. Limited functionality is the killer feature.

The most likely scenario, given Microsoft’s history, is that OfficeTalk will be augmented, added to, extended, integrated and automated until nobody wants to use it anymore. It will then probably be buried inside one of the other initiatives and forgotten forever. And that would be tragic.

Microsoft: Why not hit a home run this time? Somehow, muster the vision to ship OfficeTalk as a “bare bones” micro-blogging tool. Just this once, give minimalism a chance.

Of course, Microsoft is Microsoft, so they can force OfficeTalk functionality on millions whether they like it or not and unfurl the “Mission Accomplished” banner. But why not ship something people love to use?

Google Buzz for enterprises (Buzz hosted on company servers) is coming. And Buzz will benefit from a massively painful, clumsy rollout, followed by breathtakingly rapid evolution based on user criticism and feedback. Buzz for Enterprises will probably be really good.

And if Google’s enterprise-class version of Buzz isn’t bare bones enough, you can bet Twitter’s will be.

Microsoft has created a clean, “bare-bones” enterprise alternative to Buzz and Twitter. I just hope they can ship it without improving it to death.

Teachers: What Are Your Intentions For The New Year?

I regularly set intentions before a meeting or before teaching a class, or at the start of the day. Declaring my intentions (sometimes in writing, sometimes spoken to someone, sometimes only articulated in my head) helps me set a direction for how I would like things to go. I find that when I set an intention, my actions and words are more likely to follow that intention, even when I’ve consciously forgotten about it. So of course, I set intentions at the start of the year — both the academic and calendar year.

In 2011, I intend to focus more on what is working in our schools. This is a practice that I cultivate; it’s like eating well. I know I need to do it, and yet I constantly find myself slipping into obsessing over the gaps and holes, the everything-that’s-not-done, the learning or teaching that isn’t happening.

Randy Taran, a blogger for the Huffington Post, writes in a recent post, “What we pay attention to grows.” I know that, but I forget. So my intention: focus on the positive, focus on what’s working.

In the Classroom

When I taught, it was critical that I did this. I had to find my students’ strengths and skills. I had to make those public and then build on them. And then I carefully and strategically introduced missing skills.

Eddie (a pseudonym) always comes to mind when I think about doing this. When I met him at the beginning of sixth grade, he hated reading and read at a second grade level. He rejected anything “academic,” refused to do homework, and was often off-task and goofing around. He commanded a presence and could easily get his peers distracted; he loved the attention.

I gave Eddie opportunities to perform for his classmates and be on stage. He actually had some talent in this area. I used a structure called Readers’ Theater where students dramatically read the dialogue in a story aloud in front of the class. In order to play this role, they have to prepare: they have to read their lines at home beforehand, paying close attention to rhythm, tone, intonation, etc. Students need to understand the character’s context, the setting, and the subtext of the story. They also need to be able to read fluently.

Eddie loved this structure. He thrived on the attention and as a result, did the required reading to prepare for his performance; that is, he did his homework — without any threats or promises of rewards. Later, when I led my students through an intensive study of medieval Europe, I lured Eddie through the learning with the promise of an acting opportunity in the end. It worked. He came along and learned and then performed for an audience of hundreds. (See my blog post here to read more on this.) I know how it worked with kids to focus on strengths, on what was already there.

Focus on What Works

What does it mean to me now to focus on what’s working? I work as a coach with leaders — principals, central office administrators, and teacher leaders. I work in schools that have long struggled and communities in crisis and with people who are sometimes pushed into roles for which they have little preparation. It takes effort to find the functioning components, but it’s critical, because we have to build from what’s working, and it’s those spots that motivate and inspire and energize and remind me that we can transform public schools.

But I also intend to hone my observational powers to keep uncovering what’s working in our schools because I simply feel so much better when I do. When I was a teacher, I often left school at the end of the day feeling that I hadn’t done enough and students weren’t learning fast enough. I felt drained and depleted if I didn’t intentionally focus on what I had done well and what students had learned. Focusing my reflections on what worked motivated me way more than obsessing over my failures.

So next year, I will look for all the shiny bright spots in our public schools and I will do what I can to make them visible (including documenting my discoveries on this blog) and I will guide principals and teachers to do the same. I’m looking forward to that.

Edutopia community, what intentions (or resolutions) do you have for yourselves as educators in 2011?

Are You Ready To Switch?

A user’s perception of how good a network is will generally be based on two main factors: speed and reliability. These demands, coupled with the need to accommodate ever more bandwidth-hungry applications, means that network administrators are under continual pressure to provide a faster and more reliable system. So how do you give your growing Ethernet LAN a performance boost, without implementing complicated upgrades that could affect the stability of your network? One common strategy is to replace existing 10BaseT Ethernet hubs with switches. In this article, we’ll look at how Ethernet switches can make your network faster and examine what factors you should consider before purchasing.

Ethernet switches

Ethernet switches are not a new technology, having been popular in corporate environments for a number of years. In such environments, where speed is a priority over cost, switches are pretty much the standard. However, in smaller LANs, and LANs that have been in place for some time, Ethernet hubs are still working away, albeit slowly.

Replacing your Ethernet hubs with switches can yield massive improvements in performance. Not only are switches capable of making same-speed transmissions faster than hubs, they can also unleash performance improvements in equipment that you already have. For example, many older hubs have transmission speeds of only 10Mbps, but many newer PC’s have network cards with 100Mbps capability. Plug a 100Mbps network card into a 10Mbps hub, and you will have a 10Mbps connection. Plug the same 100Mbps network card into a 100Mbps switch, and it is possible to achieve data transmission speeds of 200Mbps, as well as gaining the speed improvements provided by the basic process of switching.

How switches improve performance

Layer 2 and Layer 3 switches

Layer 2 switches: Because switches make their forwarding decisions by using the MAC address, they are often referred to as Layer 2 switches in reference to the second layer of the OSI data model.

Layer 3 switches: You can also buy Layer 3 switches, which have the capability to make their decisions based on the network address or service as defined by the third layer of the OSI model. Some high-end switches use a combination of methods, switching at the most appropriate layer depending on the configuration. The high level of flexibility found in switches means that they can also be used for other network configuration tasks, such as the establishment of virtual LANs (VLANs).

To understand how using switches can make such a difference in performance, let’s quickly review how Ethernet networks function. When a computer connected to an Ethernet network wants to send data, it listens for any other traffic on the network segment; when the computer determines the media is clear, it attempts to transmit. Because Ethernet is a base-band technology, only one signal can use the cable at a time. So, if two machines attempt to talk at exactly the same time, their transmissions collide, damaging the data.

The network cards of the sending PCs sense the collision, wait for a random time period, and then attempt to resend the data. If the cable is clear this time, the transmission is completed. If it isn’t, and another collision occurs, the re-transmit process repeats. This collision-based system means that the more devices connected to an Ethernet segment, the more likely collisions are to occur, degrading performance exponentially. Switching provides vast improvements in speed by literally preventing these collisions.

In a switched network, each station has its own dedicated segment. The sending PC doesn’t have to consider that another device may be using the segment, which eliminates the possibility of collisions. The isolation of devices in this way is known as microsegmentation. With a switch in place, when the PC wants to send data, it transmits directly to the switch without having to wait. The switch examines the data, determines from the destination Media Access Control (MAC) address which other port on the switch to send the data to, and forwards it to that port.

Eliminating the need to worry about collisions provides a further opportunity for switches to improve performance, by allowing communication to occur in full-duplex mode. When a PC and a switch communicate in full-duplex mode, they send and receive data on the cable at the same time. This is possible because in a full-duplex communication, the two connected devices drop the standard Ethernet communication system (which by its nature caters to multiple accesses of the media) in favor of a more direct one-to-one method. Full-duplex communication can deliver double the throughput–a 100Mbps connection running in full-duplex will effectively become a 200Mbps connection.

Buying a switch

When you’re buying a switch, you need to consider a number of factors:

How many ports do you need on the new device? Consider not just your current needs, but your future requirements, as well.

Look at the speed at which the ports on the switch operate. Switches described as 10/100 models can accommodate both speeds, and usually have the ability to detect the speed at which a connection can be made. This feature, known as auto-negotiation, is also how the switch determines whether full duplex communication is possible.

Consider whether you need management capabilities. Managed switches will often have features such as port mirroring and remote monitoring, which can be useful if you are troubleshooting network devices or measuring bandwidth utilization.

Managed devices have the ability to communicate with a network management system, usually via Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), or are capable of communicating with proprietary network management systems.

Check how much memory is available for buffering data on the switch. The size of the buffer can play a large part in the overall performance. Look carefully at manufacturers’ specifications, because some quote figures for the entire switch, whereas others quote on a per-port basis.

Ascertain whether there is an opportunity for expansion. Some switches have the ability to accept plug-in expansion modules to provide high-speed uplink capabilities, or media conversion options. Again, consider your current as well as your future requirements.

Once you have decided on the features you need, it’s time to go shopping. When you start to look around for switches, you may notice that prices vary a great deal. With switches, as with any other type of networking equipment, the name makes quite a difference. Products from manufacturers such as Cisco or Nortel are likely to cost more than those from some of the smaller and less well known manufacturers. That doesn’t mean a device from a smaller company may not be suitable for your needs. If it has the features, backup, and support you’re looking for, then it may be the switch for you. As always, shop around and compare features and prices.

Whether you go with one of the big names or buy from a smaller manufacturer is a matter of personal and business preference. From a price perspective, the biggest influence is likely to be whether the unit has management capabilities. For an unmanaged switch, costs can be as low as few hundred dollars for an eight-port unit. For a larger, managed unit from a major manufacturer, you can expect to pay between $75 and $125 per port.

A risk-free upgrade

Perhaps the most attractive feature of using a switch as an upgrade is that doing so is almost risk free. The implementation of a new switch generally has no effect on other networking components, such as cabling, network cards or other network devices. Depending on which switch you purchase, in many cases, the actual upgrade is as simple as connecting a power cord to the new switch, unplugging the cables from an existing hub, and plugging the cables into the switch. If you are looking for a quick, easy and reliable way to improve the performance of your Ethernet LAN, switches represent what could be the easiest network upgrade you ever do.

Drew Bird (MCT, MCNI) is a freelance instructor and technical writer. He has been working in the IT industry for 12 years and currently lives in Kelowna, BC., Canada. You can e-mail Drew at [email protected].

Best Teacher Planner To Help You Stay Organized This School Year

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Written By Stacey L. Nash

Updated Apr 5, 2023 8:45 AM

Back-to-school season is always busy, and once school is in session, life picks up its pace. A teacher planner and/or a lesson planner can help you keep lessons in sequence, schedules on time, and on target for learning goals. The best teacher planner will have layouts and space for all of your important information in a single spot. For some teachers, a planner notebook offers the right blend of planning and calendar space. Other teachers need organization for several classes worth of students—different needs, different planners. Thankfully, there’s something for everyone.

Teacher planners come in various styles and designs. Some include seating charts, pages for recording grades, and inspiration pages, while others stick to the basics, like a weekly and monthly spread. We’ve rounded some of the best, so tame the chaos with the best teacher planner for your teaching style, schedule, and organizational approach.

Be prepared, on schedule, and on target with the best teacher planner

The best teacher planners let you organize your days, weeks, quarters, or semesters in one place. It’s a one-stop-shop for your professional life. A teacher planner isn’t a huge upfront investment. However, you don’t want to put in the effort to start one and get several weeks’ worth of lessons entered only to find that the layout and organization don’t work for you. Carefully consider what you want and need to organize in the planner.

Detailed lesson plans may be easier to organize and follow in a lesson plan book. These types of organizers provide more space for the lesson plans themselves. It may only include a monthly layout and the lesson plan pages with little space for any other information.

But what if you need to see your lesson plans in relation to the class schedule and seating chart? A full academic teacher planner might be a better fit in this case. These teacher planners may provide pages for lesson plans, daily tasks, class schedules, volunteer contact information, and emergency procedures. If you’re the type of person that likes to keep everything organized all in one place, this is the planner for you. 

There are many planners that fall in between these two styles, from agenda books to personalized planners. Consider the charts, lists, and organizational tools you use most. Then, look for a teacher planner that includes them in a single spot.

Finally, don’t forget things like thick, acid-free paper and a durable cover and binding. High-quality materials will make sure the planner makes it through an entire school year intact.

Teacher planners can cater to the unique schedule and requirements of your position. 

The grade of your students makes a big difference in the kind of information you need to track in your teacher planner. High school and junior high teachers typically see several class periods’ worth of students in a single day. You may need a page with several seating charts to plan lessons and track how far each section gets in their lesson. You may also want to track assignments and grades for each of those classes. 

Elementary school teachers will have different needs when it comes to planning. A carefully planned daily schedule keeps lessons on track and takes precedence. However, you may need to keep tabs on parent volunteer schedules, class birthdays, and lunch schedules, too. Since you work with the same students all day, it may be easier to keep all of your planning information in a single notebook. 

The best teacher planner Best elementary school planner: Artfan Teacher Planner

The Artfan Teacher Planner doesn’t leave organization to chance. It provides pages for student and resource teacher contact information, class birthdays, and special events like visitors or assemblies. The weekly spread also includes nine spaces for lesson plans. A wire binding lets you lay the planner flat or fold it over to focus on a single page.  

When the going gets tough, the tough get a teacher planner made of durable materials. 

A standard teacher planner needs to last at least nine or ten months. A classroom full of kids certainly can put your planner to the test,  so your planner has to be durable. The most common paper weight Is 20 pounds. However, 24- to 28 pound-paper will resist bleeding better. 

Consider the cover material, too. Most planners have a soft, flexible plastic cover. If you’re the kind of teacher who takes your planner home every night, you might want to consider a hardcover for increased durability. Planners that lay flat or allow you to fold the planner under to focus on one page will also need a durable binding like heavy double metal rings. 

Best hardcover planner: Journaltastic Teacher Planner

The Journaltastic Teacher Planner’s double wire-ring binding and hardcover resist the wear and tear of the average school year. The binding also allows it to lay flat or fold over for easier writing. The weekly spread breaks down each day into seven periods, allowing you to view lesson plans side-by-side for an entire week. Other planning pages include class birthdays, a weekly activity schedule, and a contact information page. 

Keeping track of lessons, assignments, and grades together can give you a quick reference point.

Some teachers like to keep teaching resources together, especially when it comes to lessons, assignments, and grades. Teacher planners that focus on these specific things keep your materials easy to track. 

However, make sure you know what you’re buying. These types of planners can have space for anywhere from four to eight periods and limited assignment or student name space, depending on the design. You already know how many periods you’ll be teaching, but if you can have a ballpark idea of how many students, you can make sure you get a planner with adequate space.

Best teacher planner and record book: Elan Publishing 7 Period Teacher Lesson Plan 

Elan Publishing Company


The Elan Publishing 7 Period Teacher Lesson Plan provides durability and excellent class organization. There is space for seven periods worth of lesson plans and 44 weeks of planning pages. You can also record assignments and grades for up to 46 students. A double spiral ring design lets the planner lay flat or fold over. Reinforced edges add durability.

The small details can make all the difference in the planner’s usefulness.

What exactly makes up a personalized planner? Custom details belong to those planners that have space for extra add-ins. For example, a cover design with a clear pocket to add a schedule or photo that you can change throughout the year. Pages for class lists, extra folders, and pockets can also be useful. Some planners come in different versions that include additional pages like special events or birthday pages. 

Best personalized planner: Blue Sky Academic Teachers Weekly & Monthly Lesson Planner 

The best personalized teacher planner the Blue Sky teacher planner’s cover offers a quick way to update your planner from the outside. It features a plastic pocket over the cover that you can use for storage or display. The class photo or schedule can both neatly fit inside. The inside of the planner is well-organized with side tabs to let you quickly flip to a new month, while the daily schedule is divided into ten periods. There is also additional space in the back for general notes.

Planning on a budget: What you get for under $10

If your budget is tight, you can still get a planner that will keep you on schedule. It’s not hard to find a record and grade book for less than $10. These planners have flexible plastic covers and thinner paper than more expensive planners. A full academic teacher planner at this price may still have all of the basic pages, but they generally feature black-and-white print with little or no color in the paper or ink. These planners also skip extras like stickers and month tabs.  

Best budget teacher planner: Pretty Simple Planners Teacher Planner

Pretty Simple Planners


Pretty Simple Planners Teacher Planner, the best budget teacher planner skips bells and whistles like lines and colored ink on the interior. However, it ticks all the boxes when it comes to organization options, including a weekly spread that’s broken down into periods with separated boxes for lesson plans. The softcover needs gentler treatment than its plastic or hardcover counterparts, but it protects all the interior goods that keep your lessons in order. 


The best teacher planner for you won’t be the same as your co-workers. Your unique teaching and organizational style made a difference in your needs. So before buying, think about how you want to use the planner. A planner that coordinates your professional and personal life probably needs more page types and breakdowns than someone who just needs one for lesson plans. Know yourself, and you’ll have a pretty good idea of where to start with your planner. 

Are Vpns The New Cybersecurity Trend In 2023?

Are VPNs the new cybersecurity trend?

Do you know why Virtual Private Networks might be the new cybersecurity trend? They may be the new digital trend of 2023 for all the reasons that will be outlined.  

Internet access via public Wi-Fi has finally become safer

More people are accessing the Internet through public Wi-Fi. Almost all cafes, restaurants, and hotels in the world offer their customers free Wi-Fi access. Unsecure in most cases, they are used by hackers to spy on network users or steal their private information such as banking details, social security information, photos, etc. With a VPN service, you can make it almost impossible for a hacker to access your computer or get bombarded with a denial-of-service attack. In fact, the number of denial-of-service attacks has dropped significantly in recent years due to the increasing use of VPNs.  

Compatible with all known platforms

In 2023, you don’t have to worry about accessing the Internet on your laptop, iPhone, Samsung, or any other device that can connect to the Internet. VPNs develop applications for every type of device and adapt to all types of OS. One subscription is enough to protect all your equipment.  

Better online privacy

Most of what people do on the internet does not need to be hidden. But what if you want to access something a little more sensitive? What if you are looking for information about a disease, an emotional problem, or a taboo subject in your country? Letting your Internet Service Provider know which adult websites you visit is not ideal either. Suddenly, the idea of a little privacy is more important.  

Net neutrality is no more

Nowadays, all ISPs are supposed to treat all traffic to all websites the same. What is happening now is that they can restrict your access to certain streaming sites. A streaming VPN bypasses this type of setback. Also, since Internet Service Providers could monitor and even track every word you type, it is best to access the Internet with a VPN for better Internet security. This completely hides your online activity, and your ISP can no longer track you.  

Telecommuting is coming of age

Since Covid-19, there has been a major turning point in the way we work. The exceptional containment measures taken to contain the spread of pandemics have resulted in many employees being forced to work from home. In the space of a week, thousands of people suddenly found themselves working from home without having been previously prepared and without equipment in most cases. The use of a VPN has been democratized in the whole world. If at first, equipping its staff was one of the priorities of companies, the issue of security of exchanged professional data has quickly become a new concern.

A VPN to bypass geo-restrictions

Finally, there is also the problem of geolocation. Some content can be blocked in certain countries, for political or commercial reasons. Hence, a classic problem that may occur because of this situation might be the restriction of access to local content on a streaming service while you are traveling. Unfortunately, licensing issues and other geolocation restrictions mean you cannot access what you want when you are overseas. A VPN allows you to bypass these types of restrictions.  

The proxy, the false good idea

If you think you have good digital hygiene because you use a free proxy that guarantees encryption of your data, you should know that the level of encryption is not the same as the level of security. You should know that the level of encryption is not comparable to that of a VPN. You will also notice the lack of intuitive and functional dedicated applications. This also applies to routers. Moreover, proxy servers are easily hackable.  

Secure connection to public Wi-Fi

Now, we will talk about the issue of public Wi-Fi hotspots. In many countries, Wi-Fi access is available everywhere and often for free. Whether it is a school or university campus, a shopping mall, or coffee shops and restaurants, getting online is easier than ever. However, many of these free Wi-Fi hotspots are completely open and without any encryption.  

Why are VPNs the new 2023 trend?

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