A VPN, otherwise known as a Virtual Private Network uses the internet to provide users with secure access to their workplace computers from anywhere in the world.
VPNs use a variety of security protocols, keeping traffic between users and servers secure – invisible to the “public internet”.
VPNs are a part of a larger technology used to connect remote sites, known as “Wide Area Networks” (a WAN, unlike “Local Area Networks” – known as LANs).
If some users wish to work “in the field” or from a customer’s premises, VPN connections are used to provide access to emails, shared files and other company resources. With a correctly-designed network infrastructure, anything available in the main office can also be available remotely, through the VPN.
VPN’s are also essential with branch offices, as they allow satellite offices to share the resources of the head office without the need for multiple servers – reducing hardware costs and keeping data in sync.
EPX designs, installs and manages WAN solutions for multi-site networks.
We provide organisations with network solutions, securely connecting multiple sites and branch offices together. Assistance is provided through the entire process through design, planning, implementation and on-going maintenance.
Microwave connectivity is a reliable and resilient alternative to leased-line broadband connections which enables us to provide internet and site-to-site connections in areas that would be “hard to reach” for traditional fibre connectivity providers.
Here at EPX, we have made significant investment into our Midlands infrastructure, providing Microwave connections as a very effective leased-line alternative. With our low cost installation fee and no long term contract Microwave could be the perfect connectivity solution for you. With short lead-times, we have even managed to provide same-day connectivity in some extreme cases.
Through our existing infrastructure, we can deliver point to point connections of up to 300Mbps with VLAN private connections across multiple sites. In some cases, higher speed connections are also available.
We have customers in various sectors from SMEs to Military and Local Government to the emergency services, we have packages and SLAs to suit most requirements.
For more information on microwave and some related solutions that you might be more interested in please visit www.epx.ltd.uk/content/connectivity/microwave.php
There is a new virus going around called “Cryptolocker” and it is quickly becoming a big threat for users. The virus infects a networked PC and then goes through local files on the computer plus any network drives it can, encrypting them so that users can’t gain access to them.
Users then get a popup on their machine informing them that their files have been encrypted that there is a private key that they can use to get their files back. However this key will be destroyed after a certain amount of time and to get the key they have to pay. The pop up will also take them through the payment process that they have to go through to pay for the key.
So now you know the damage that Cryptolocker can cause. However there are steps you can take to help prevent getting the virus and making sure that you are prepared if you do.
Hopefully you won’t get infected by Cryptolocker but if you do then please don’t hesitate in giving us a call on 03333 44 00 98 so that we can help you.
Choosing a good password is essential to the security of your computer and any accounts that you have online such as e-mail accounts, social network accounts, online banking account etc. If you have a password that was easy to guess then you will constantly be at the mercy of anyone that wanted to access your account.
Choosing a good password might take a couple of minutes but if it stops people from getting access to your account then it is worth the time that you spend on it.
Here are ten of the worst passwords used in 2012 so please whatever you do, DON’T use them for your password.
A young UK teen has become the world champion for using Microsoft Word 2007. Kieran Youngman who is a student at Sawtry Community College in Cambridgeshire competed against more than 344,000 people from 90 countries to win the prestigious prize of $5,000 (£3,000) and a trophy!
They judged people via a number of online challenges set by exam-testing company Certiport. These challenges were based on Microsoft Word 2007 and 2010 in programs Word, Excel and PowerPoint. The 100 best contenders were all invited to Washington to take place in the final and young Mr Youngman came out on top.
When speaking about his success Mr Youngman said “career-wise I think it will show employers that I know how to use a Microsoft product. There’s no other way to prove you know exactly what you’re talking about, without certification. Certification is validation you know what you’re doing.”
When asked how his friends would react when they heard the news he replied “I’m going to be honest… a few might not be surprised.”