5 Easy Steps To Translate English Faster When Reading Your eBooks

Reading is the most effective way to quickly acquire knowledge. It is said that the average CEO reads at least one book per week, which gives them an edge to make better decisions. Taking one of the most illustrious examples of our time, Elon Musk reportedly devoured thousands of books and taught himself enough about rockets to found SpaceX just by reading. He also declared that humans should merge with machines in the age of Artificial Intelligence if we do not want to be replaced by robots. Whilst it might be a bit too late for us to catch up with such a supernatural force like Musk, you might still be interested to read more books for your own betterment. And in fact, we should all try to keep up and become cyborg readers according to his vision!

There are many speed reading tools and techniques available for us to read better and faster. It usually works quite well when it comes to reading in your own native language. But this becomes a lot more difficult when you have to process a foreign language where a lot of unknown words slow down your reading and lessen your overall understanding. This is particularly true if you are a non-native English speaker keen to read new trendy books from American or British authors in their original language. Reading English eBooks on your tablet, you have to juggle between multiple devices or screens to get a translation or a definition for the words that you don’t understand. And since you have to repeat this task over and over again, you end up quitting learning new words from the books that you read: when you realize the English language contains over 1 million words, it’s okay to feel a bit overwhelmed by this vocabulary tsunami.

But you should definitely not give up by a challenge that can be turned into such a fantastic learning opportunity. Here is a trick to help you save countless hours and spare a fair deal of frustrating moments in a few easy steps that will not cost you anything:

Step 1: Sign Up For Free On Vokabee

Vokabee is a translation website created by a tech startup using innovative machine learning technologies to help non-native English speakers understand and learn unknown English words faster. The online portal is powered by an algorithm that processes digital media in English and translates the most difficult words into your native language. To start using this learning technology, all you need to do is to go to https://vokabee.io/ and click on the Signup button.

Next, create your user profile. It is important to mention your first language because Vokabee will use this language to translate difficult English words. You should be able to find your mother tongue among the long list of nearly 30 languages available, from Chinese, Russian, Arabic, Hindi, Tamil, Thai to Spanish, Portuguese or French just to name a few.

Finally, take a quick test to register your initial English level profile. Once this is done, you’re ready to process your first e-book.

Step 2: Process Your eBook

Vokabee allows you to process e-books in “.epub” or “.txt” formats. Whilst it is easy to purchase an eBook online that you are interested to read, you can also download some eBooks in compatible formats from a variety of websites such as Goole eBook Store, Project Gutenberg or Open Library.

Once you have found a suitable eBook that you would like to read, click “Upload files” and browse your device’s internal storage to select your eBook file. The “Process it!” button will appear almost instantly. In my case here, I have chosen a classic: “Around The World In Eighty Days” by Jules Verne.

You will then need to calibrate Vokabee’s algorithm that automatically translates the difficult words for you within your eBook file. Select One-star if you think your level is “Intermediate”, Two-Star for “Pre-advanced”. Three-Star for “Advanced” or Four-Star for “Expert” readers.

You are now ready to click “Process it” and decode your eBook – which usually takes about 5 minutes depending on the size of the uploaded file.

This result page will appear when your eBook is duly processed. Click “Download files” to save a copy on your device.

Step 3: Read With Understanding Your Processed eBook

Now that your file is saved, you can open it on your eBook reader and started reading more comfortably since difficult words have been automatically translated within your eBook text. If your tablet or laptop does not already have a built-in eBook reader, there are plenty of open-source eBook readers available such as Sumatra PDF (http://www.sumatrapdfreader.org/) or FBReader (https://fbreader.org/).

Step 4: Learn New Words From Automatic Word Lists

Now that you have fully read your eBook, you probably realize that you will forget most of the new words that came across if you do not schedule to review them at some point in the future. Memorizing something new takes some repetition and Vokabee generates personalized word lists out of the articles that you have processed: simply click the “Review words” button.

On this list, you can find all the new words that you should know with an assigned value (Low, Medium or High) for your English learning progress according to your initial language level profile. A definition in English is also provided beside the translation in your native language. You also have the option to delete words from the list by pressing the delete button. However, if you already know a word it’s best to click “I know this word” as then the system will not translate it next time: this helps Vokabee to refine its algorithm and tune the translations with the evolution of your language level. Finally, you can also edit a translation in your mother tongue if you have a better translation for a word.

Step 5: Read, Learn, Repeat

And this is how you can continue your life-long journey towards more efficient learning. As you read more, you expand your English vocabulary which enables you to read faster with sufficient understanding. Note that you can also process online articles and movie subtitles to build up a broader library of digital content so you can learn from. Bon voyage!

10 Favorite Productivity Apps for Business Owners

Your business is running fine, but taking care of all the wok related to accounting, tracking the expenses, employees’ schedule, and answering queries and complaints of clients bogs you down. To overcome these constraints that a small business owner faces, using apps that can save your time and money is the best solution.
The app’s developers have gone all out to create utility-based apps. Choose the ones that work to make your task easy. Here is a list of some apps that are helpful for business growth and management.

Call Scheduler

When starting a business or trying to expand it, you require calling and talking to many persons. You might forget to call someone or miss out calling a critical client. The Scheduler is an app that helps you to pre-schedule any number of calls and text messages, by a fixed date and time. The app sends the messages and calls automatically. In case you cannot connect, it attempts to contact again.

Fuze

If you require an app that helps you to have conferences and meetings with your people, Fuze is the answer. This software can be used on all operating systems and devices. The best audio-visual quality allows you to host online meetings with up to 25 participants for free. Buy the pro-plan that allows connecting to 125 people at a low cost.

Producteev

A good manager of a company has to ensure that everyone working for the firm has a task assigned to him or her every day. You can now do this through Producteev, a free app that works on iOS and Android platforms. You get the app in regular and premium versions, designed to address the needs of organizations of varying sizes. You can assign tasks to individuals, create subtasks and implement privacy settings.

DocuSign

As the owner of business, you need to sign many documents related to your business or banking transactions and more. Going to a place physically takes up a lot of time. You do not need to rush back to your office from an important meeting or go to any location if you download the app DocuSign on your hand-held device.

Evernote

You need space to keep all useful information and ideas you come across every day. Evernote is like a journal that facilitates the storage of little pieces of information in one place. You can store videos and audio clippings, photos, files, and notes up to a maximum limit of 60 MB per month, in the free version. You have to pay a small price for the higher version that can store more data.

Kabanflow

If your business banks on people working from home or different locations, Kabanflow is an online task management app that can prove useful for you. The tool enables you to give an assignment to your colleagues to upload necessary documents and also assign due dates. You can easily visualize the workflow and communicate faster through this tool that works on the hand-held devices and the computer.

Basecamp

Members of your team may need to collaborate for completing a project. Basecamp is an app that provides a single view dashboard with links to a project. The app allows the project managers to exchange information and discuss the details through the discussion font and see files, tasks and the date of completion.

Paypal

Making regular payments is an essential part of business. To pay bills and make payments to different suppliers, you can use the Paypal that offers a convenient platform. Linking your accounts or debit and credit cards to the Paypal makes the transactions easy and fast. You can use it across all devices.

Dropbox

Dropbox is a file-sharing platform that offers many advantages to business owners. The application syncs documents across devices and you can reach them from any location. This is a reliable method of sharing files and folders with your group members for improved collaboration.

Clear

Time management is critical to running a successful business. Clear is a time-management app for iPhones and Android devices that you can use to plan and organize day-to-day work. The app also has the facility of setting reminders to help you. Through the justifiable program, you can pull down and pinch a task and swipe it off the screen once it is over.

Most of the apps mentioned above are free to use or offer a free trial period. Try using a few of them that suits your business needs. If you find that an application is not working for you, there are other flashiest apps, with similar functions, available. You will get some that will prove to be useful in increasing the productivity of your business.

Three IT Innovations that are Worth to Be Implemented

Analysts speak positively of Russian IT outsourcing, and we are sure we will pass the development stage faster than the USA and Europe once did. Today, Russian companies can be supported by best practices and processes. That is why it is possible to raise maturity level of customers and suppliers more efficiently and much faster using experience of international IT outsourcing and a skilled service provider. And if best practice is supplemented by innovations, we can get the turbo mode of development in mature services.
Let’s review three IT trends that are worth to be implemented by Russian companies whatever field they belong to.

Change of approach to IT infrastructure lifecycle

All industries pass through such stages as they grow: from handicraft industry to mass production. IT sector is not an exception. IT routine automation is an inevitable stepping stone to efficiency and productivity improvement of IT services, i.e., of the whole company. To reduce IT operational cost and the time of task fulfilment by IT department, the following technology can be used.
Server Automation Tool (SAT) is a solution for servers infrastructure management developed by ICL Services in order to provide customers with an efficient adaptive support tool without changing their IT environments.
SAT includes SaltStack that is the most efficient automation tool coupled with in-house elements and integrated with other tools in order to provide the required functionality. The tool works with all basic aspects of infrastructure management: deployment, maintenance, refresh, and modification.
Tasks can be started both on separate and on multiple (thousands) hosts. Moreover, it can be a hybrid infrastructure and contain parts based on various public cloud services (Amazon Webservices, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform), private clouds (on the basis of OpenStack, VMWare vCloud). In addition, SAT supports the currently trendy “Infrastructure as Code” approach.
State is a basic term; this is a description of the desired state of your infrastructure. Declarative description of states is the fundamental difference between SaltStack (and SAT) and traditional (imperative) automation tools that determine “what should be done and how” instead of “what do we want to obtain.”
Another key distinction — event-triggered responses. In particular, they enable to implement automatic incident response. SAT can be integrated with monitoring and IT services management (ITSM) solutions. Mainly, such integration leads to waiting time reduction and improvement of the infrastructure maintenance personnel performance.
SAT supports the most popular server platforms, e.g., Linux (without limitation to a certain distribution kit) and Windows Server. More exotic variants include Solaris and AIX.
Therefore, Server Automation Tool implementation helps not only to reduce task time and manage IT infrastructures states, but also to put into action the automated response to events. For example, a customer had to fulfill the same tasks on each of hundreds of servers. This work always took several working days of an engineer. After SAT implementation, these tasks take no more than half an hour (including preliminary setting of parameters) and as a result, the company could reduce services cost and gain an advantage in highly competitive market.

Release and workflow management

The next innovation is a solution that can help companies maintain application and operating system (OS, image) management processes.
From 2009, Solutions and Software Development Department of ICL Services started elaboration of tasks and business processes management solution for ОS image, a service for application packaging and corporate identities development.
Colibri tracker solution allows to manage application packaging and deployment process, as well as to support projects of migration of operating systems, applications, etc. Besides tasks (applications / packages / images) tracking through the life-cycle, this utility has a conveyor automation and integration with ITSM systems, deployment systems (SCCM / Altiris), and other software, which allows to reduce temporary costs by 45% and offer optimal prices for customers thanks to coherent, flexible, and synergetic tasks management.
Colibri Tracker is a qualitative product specially made for release management needs, developed by specialists who participated in various roles for years in processes as users, managers, and customers.
One of key benefit of the product from competitors is the possibility to promptly customize the system, as well as embedded automation tools.
Using this innovative solution you can minimize workflow setup time to 2 days, which considerably reduces overall mobilization time. Moreover, the solution has a powerful reporting and notification subsystem, a wide range of automation tools and, more importantly, a high level of system availability, security and reliability.
Thus, this suite helped ICL Services to implement processes and automate them in end user computing area for all factories in Europe of one of the largest European tyres manufacturers and application migration project fora tobacco company over the world. Both companies are in the list of world TOP 3 in related areas. This toolset helps ICL Services to promptly mobilize projects and process for globally distributes teams, as well as to automate operations from the first days of project phase which is important for project success.

Lean for benefit of customers

For a company to become a leader in its business segment, it needs to employ continuous improvement approach. One of the most efficient and innovative approaches, without the need for big implementation investments, is Lean (Lean Production).
December 2013, ICL Services started implementation of Lean Production tools for continuous improvement of comprehension and fulfilment of customers’ requirements through involvement of all employees in this process. During this period, the process proved to be efficient and currently it undergoes the phase of support, development and accumulation of experience of its successful implementation in service industry.
Lean does not require big investments for implementation and further maintenance. It activates employees’ potential, but permanent participation of managers is also important for positive estimation of contribution made by each employee. It is also obvious that the approach will give good results if Lean implementation activity will be focused on long-term perspective. Lean does not show immediate results, because the approach is based on “small steps” improvements (“kaizen”).
Lean approach, being a standard business practice, allows a company to guarantee high-quality service. Upon two years of Lean implementation and development, the following benefits appear:
* each month, a company has up to 7 achievements of teams in terms of service performance improvement;
* over 30% of high estimates of service quality from customers are directly associated with Lean tools use;
* over 80% of employees will appreciate Lean approach efficiency for service level improvement.
As a result, it can be said with confidence that Lean tools help organize efficient progressive environment, which allows a company to provide qualitative services for its customers. This is an important requirement for survival and stable progress in highly competitive markets.
The term “innovation” is often used as a synonym for the word “novelty”, but this is not always true. Novelty can be considered as an innovation if only it provides the qualitative growth of process efficiency. That is, when a company chooses the innovation, it needs to choose only those innovations which provide increased efficiency of your business to a qualitatively higher level.

All about securing your files on USB drive

We all have files and folders that we don’t want others to look at. These files could be financial documents, images, videos or some other questionable material. Nonetheless, one thing is obvious, they should be secured and password-protected. You can certainly take that data, put it inside a USB device, but it won’t be secure. USB drives have been all the craze recently, in fact there are a cult following for novelty USB drives, they have been designed to look like sushi rolls, body appendages, teddy bears, fruit slices and other funny looking things. They also make a popular promotional item, often handed out for free on tech conventions, most of these USB drives (handed out for free) contain the promotional material on the company trying to promote their brand and services.

However, according to internet security experts, USB drives are a data security nightmare. To understand why, we need to first discuss their aesthetics and capabilities. These devices are reusable & rewritable that are only a few inches long, approximately 1-4 inches – they plug directly into any USB port and can transfer large chunks of data in a matter of few minutes to few seconds. These devices are also popularly referred to as USB flash drives or thumb drives. To make them attractive to users, they are reasonably priced for the amount of data they can store, some can hold the capacity to store several gigabytes, sometimes ranging upward to 20 gigabytes.

However, their biggest attraction is also their main weakness – being portable and small in size. Consequently, this means that if the user ends up losing their device – and if that device just happens to contain sensitive information – then that information can potentially fall into the wrong hands. Say for example, an aeronautical engineer has schematics on new aircraft technology saved on a USB drive, if he or she ends up dropping this USB drive, say it falls out of his or her pocket, then there’s a 50/50 chance that the schematics information can end up in the wrong hands. If someone intends to sell this information to potential competitors or a foreign country, they could do so without repercussions.

Then, it’s no surprise when security experts claim that data is becoming the new ‘currency’ for e-criminals. Despite this alarming trend, users still fail to take adequate steps to secure their data on USB drives. Many feel that their chances of becoming a victim are either too low or can’t afford to secure USB drives they own. Nonetheless, there’s a solution to the latter, and it comes in the form of Lock USB. Lock USB has been developed with proprietary data locking technology that prevents hackers from accessing the locked data inside. What’s more, it’s the only USB locking software on the market that has cross-platform locking. This means that locked data inside USB drives cannot be accessed on any operating platform. For example, once the data is locked from a Windows computer, the USB device can be plugged into a MAC, but that data will not be accessible. Accordingly, this form of protection is only available in Lock USB.

Five Areas where Video Conferencing Services Rule the Roost

Out of sight, out of mind, one need to be in constant touch and make their presence felt or else a relationship is lost forever.

Today almost every entrepreneur is on a lookout to expand their businesses across the globe. Multi-national companies are spread in every nook and corner of the world. Growth is essential, but with growth comes the challenge of communication, without which the entire credibility is lost. Hence, the need of setting up meetings to be able to share the views and ideas of each delegate is essential. However, with part of the team working in one end of the world and the rest placed at another location, video conferencing is the only resort.
Let us see the various fields where the video conferencing is encouraged.

Multi-national Companies/Corporate: With the large setups of the MNCs, it becomes difficult for the employees of the company to have any kind of communication with their superiors, let alone knowing them. In such cases, the video conferencing helps people interact with each other in a professional manner. The video conferencing brings together the clients, consumers and the partners together to have a meaningful conversation. Video Conferencing helps in
-reducing the travelling costs
-removes the restrictions of distance (especially remote places)
-saves time
-enables eye-eye contact with individuals

Education: Remote lectures, participation in the conferences can take place with the help of video conferencing. It opens up a two way communication channel between the lecturer and the student enabling better understanding of concepts, basically a virtual classroom setup, and the closest that can come to an actual classroom. The video conferencing in the field of education can trigger the following benefits
-guest lecturers from remote places can be brought into institutions
-sharing faculty across institutions belonging to the same group
-seminars across borders
-preparing thesis with the help of mentors from other institutions
-exchange of cultural practices across the nations

Government and military: Who other than government organisations can benefit more from video conferencing, as at the end of the day it is the taxpayers’ money which is being put to use for the things like
-travelling where the whole delegation has to travel for a meeting.
– Time is another factor one should consider as time is more precious than money.
– Security is one factor which should be considered especially if it is for cross border talks.
-Can carry important meetings with video conferencing especially when there is an emergency situation outside.

Medicine: Video conferencing is the tool amply used in the field of telemedicine, where the technology and the telecommunication are used for distance medical practices. Video conferencing can help people in making use of the services like
-diagnostics in the remote villages
-microscopes, otoscopes and the ultrasound images can be use in conjunction with the digital cameras to share information of the patients across even countries for expert consultation.
-there is data to prove that in a remote village in the state of Ohio, USA, video conferencing has helped in cutting down the number of transfers of the sick infants to a distant hospital thereby saving a remarkable amount of money and effort.

Media: Video conferencing is a powerful tool where media is concerned as we can see the host of news channels thriving on video conferencing.
– a journalist can conduct interviews from a remote location where viewing the facial expression is of utmost importance to the journalist while drawing conclusions.
-news at remote locations can be covered using video conferencing
-Talk shows can be conducted.
– Questionnaires, debates can be handled using this tool

With VRS Computers by your side, you can carry any sort of communication with ease and expertise as we offer Video Conferencing Services as an aid to various fields, taking your business or services to new heights.

Computer Networking Services for Small Business

Computer networking services is an in-demand job in the small business world. This position consists of setting up and organizing computer networks within an office environment. Establishing security and resolving IT issues are also part of the job. There are several main tasks that computer networking services for small business will handle.

Security
No matter what size business you have, internet security should be at the top of your list. It is very easy for employees to access non work-related websites without proper security in place. Working in computer network technician, you will need to set up and maintain a security system on all computers in the office. The first task in ensuring network security is blocking any inappropriate sites from the server. Typically programs can be used to black list any websites that fall under unwanted categories such as entertainment, social media, shopping and adult. During the set up process you may also want to establish websites that are allowed, called a white list or a safe list, to ensure they do not get blocked accidentally. Additionally, it is important to set up security passwords and user accounts on office computers. This helps keep data protected and keeps private and shared files separated.

Employee Monitoring
As an IT specialist, it is also possible to setup employee monitoring systems on office computers. If a manager is concerned about employees staying on-task, this might be a big part of your computer networking job. It can be difficult for a manager in charge of multiple employees working on different computers to keep track of everyone. Employers can utilize employee monitoring to ensure that staff members are doing their job accordingly during work hours. A tracker can be installed through the network to establish when work is being completed and when it is not. This will help employers better monitor their staff and promote or demote them accordingly.

Internet and Networking
In the small business world, the network technician is also responsible for setting up a stable internet connection. In the average household, a family may use up to five or six devices on their internet router at one time. In an office setting, it is sometimes necessary for hundreds of computers to operate on the same internet infrastructure without crashing the system. By setting up different types of network connections, the IT specialist is able to give a business the internet and networking capabilities it needs without sacrificing speed or quality of the service. Most small businesses that house multiple computers need all their devices to have the same accessibility to programs and information across the network. In many cases, it is also important for employees to have remote access to the system as well. Computer networking services can handle making that important connectivity possible.

Computer networking services is an incredibly relevant career that many people are choosing to pursue. As technology continues to grow, this position will continue to be important and in high demand. Positions in computer networking and IT are offered by companies worldwide, so this type of career can open doors to opportunities around the globe. These positions offer ample transfer opportunities to other countries within large corporations such as Microsoft and earnings can be quite lucrative. It is estimated that people working in computer networking services will maintain a salary between $60,000 and $300,000 per year depending on the company they are working for, the location, and the job demands. As long as computers are playing an integral role in modern business, computer networking services and IT specialists will be needed by companies large and small.

IT Service Outsourcing Factors to Consider

When your business is growing, it’s hard to tell at what point you should consider outsourcing your IT service. One of the first things to consider is if your business is even ready for this. Take a step back and look at the big picture: are all areas of your business ready to engage in outsourcing? Do you have enough money in your budget to hire an outside company to take on this task? Bear in mind that if you don’t have to worry too much about your business’ IT needs because there is another company handling them, that will allow you to put more of your attention on other aspects of the business, like administrative tasks. But also keep this in mind – if your employees need any training on this new technology, you will have to allot time and money for this training, so be sure that is in the budget too.

Consider if the part of your business you are trying to outsource is your core business. If it is, you might not want to outsource it. But if you decide that this is the best bet for your business and the outsourced aspect isn’t part of your core business, here are a few things to think about while you’re in the process of hiring an IT service.

First, while it will help if you think about your budget, don’t focus too much on the cost when it comes to choosing your IT service provider. Bear in mind that you get what you pay for! See how much the entire package will cost: from upfront money to monthly service fees.

Second, look into what service-level agreements the IT service company offers and focus on the monthly reporting they should provide to you. Are the services they are providing worth it? Do the savings align with your original goal?

Third, look into what brands the IT service company offers and supports. Are they well-known brands with good reputations? Does your IT service company offer a choice among those brands? If the answer to either or both of these questions is “no,” you may want to keep shopping around for a better IT service company.

Fourth, word of mouth is often the best way to find a good service or product. Ask colleagues and other business owners about their experiences outsourcing their IT service. Who did they end up hiring (or firing) and why?

If you keep these in mind while going through the process of finding and outsourcing an IT service, this information should be a good jumping-off point.

Automate FTP Transfers and Optimize Your Workload

The standard FTP client might suffice for basic everyday work, but when it comes to dealing with large amounts of data stored across multiple servers, it quickly becomes extremely impractical. Using a standard FTP client for anything but the most basic occasional tasks will ultimately lead to wasting a lot of time which would be better spent on other, more important areas of your daily routine. Take into consideration the various steps you need to go through just to deal with a single file on your FTP server. Not only do you have to do almost everything manually; you can usually only work with one file at a time while you wait for another to upload or download as required. Unsurprisingly, this is a highly inefficient process. The risk of human error is also far greater, and this is even more likely given the frustration which often arises when using such an unsuitable method to work with data stored on an FTP server. Fortunately, there is now a way to automate FTP transfers, thanks to a powerful program called FTPGetter 3 Professional (ftpgetter.com).

FTPGetter 3 Professional is a complete replacement for the traditional everyday FTP client. It provides all of the same functionality as these standard clients, plus a whole lot more to save you time and effort. No longer will you need manually transfer files one-by-one. Instead, you can let the program automatically synchronize them between your local area network and the remote server. The program works flawlessly with both FTP and SFTP servers. If you regularly work with files stored on such servers, this program will simply revolutionize the way you operate. It will take a great deal of the workload off your hands, potentially making your business run more efficiently. If you have ever dealt with a standard FTP client, you will notice the benefit offered by this program as soon as you launch it for the first time. Additionally, the learning curve is minimal, so anyone with even a basic level of familiarity with a standard FTP client should have no problem utilizing it to its fullest potential.

You are undoubtedly already very familiar with the fact, that if something saves you time in the workplace, it will save you money as well. If using a regular FTP client still accounts for a major part of your daily routine, then you are certainly not using your time in the most productive and optimized way possible. Using FTPGetter 3 Professional requires minimal user interaction. You can schedule tasks easily and let the program do the hard work for you. For example, the software can automatically check for file creations once per day and update and synchronize them as necessary to ensure that all files are always kept current. The risk of accidental data deletion is also much lower when everything is automated. The software supports file masks as well, allowing you to set up scheduled tasks dealing only with files of specific types. Try out the program today at the official product website above.

Data security: Crucial for all businesses

‘Data’, this small word has a lot of significance. The data of any company is one of the most important valuables of the company. The data of any company includes the information of the company, its employees, the complete business, mission, vision and goals, past projects, history, future plans, information about clients, projects, deals and payment information, to name a few.

The loss of data can create huge problems for the company, owner as well as employees. Some data is confidential, while some is not; the data is important and one cannot afford to lose it irrespective of the status of its confidentiality. The IT security companies help the businesses to keep their data secured.
Those companies help to protect your data and save it from getting corrupted or deleted. Also, they save it from being stolen. Even if it the data gets lost, they provide the disaster recovery services to get it back. So, it is advisable to hire a reliable and reputed IT Security Company that helps you to keep your valuable data safe and secured.

There are many companies that provide the IT services in Reading and other areas of the U.K. Those services include communication, customer support, data security and equipment repairing to name a few. The security measures include:

• Implementing strong passwords for the email accounts as well as the folders that have important information is the basic necessity. The strong passwords of more than 8 characters that includes alphabets, numbers and symbols; lowercase as well as uppercase is hard to crack.
• Installing the reliable antivirus is one of the most obvious things.
• Securing the mail accounts and folders are not sufficient; it is advisable to secure laptops and mobile phones.
• Take the backups regularly.

Now that you know about the security measures, you must be wondering why it is so much important. Well, there are several reasons for giving it so much importance out of which here are some of the most important ones:

• Though it is one of the most obvious reason, but most of the people forget it that the valuable information is the most important asset of any business. So, it is essential to keep it safe.
• Another reason to protect it is to stay ahead of the competitors and stand out the crowd. If your competitors know about your confidential projects, it is a serious disadvantage.
• It improves your reputation and your clients start respecting and trusting you more for keeping their information protected with you. So, this way you are showing the care for your clients.
• Taking security measures will protect your data getting lost, so you will save your time as well as money that you would have spent in recovering it. So, it helps you to reduce the cost of development as well save your time.
• Two of the most important benefits are the improved software interoperability and meeting current standards. Also, this is the way you expand your business in the new markets.

Fiber Optics and its advantages for Commercial use

End of the day, everything boils down to communication…

Wonder how people lived in those days when there was absolutely no way of communication over long distances. There was an era when the string phones were used, the ones we see children playing around with, where they would use the string and a tin boxes with a diaphragm. It is basically the diaphragm that vibrates when the sound is emitted at one end and is transmitted through the string to the diaphragm at the other end. This is the idea behind the invention of telephones that dates back to 19th century. It is the culmination of the efforts of numerous scientists that we reap today and lead a blissful life enjoying the benefits of the telephone.

There are many cables that can be used for transmitting information from one end to another. Coaxial cables, the Ethernet cables and now the fiber optic cables are being used in the field of telecommunications. The larger bandwidth and the ability to cover long distances, is making the fiber optic cables hugely popular networking cables of late.

Understanding Fiber optics better:

A fiber optic cable is a cable that has a glass or a plastic fiber called optical fiber, which is capable of transmitting information in form of light particles. It could be a single fiber or a group of fibers inside a non-conducting tube. Each of the fiber has a thickness as that of one-tenth of a human hair and is capable of handling as many as 25,000 telephone calls. Simple math can tell you how many calls a single optical fiber can handle.

If you want to experiment to check how the fiber optics work, here is what you can do. Let us suppose you want to send information through fiber optic cable from your house to your friend’s house from a computer. First off, you will have to connect a laser to your computer, which would convert the electrical information in form of light pulses. Once the light particles travel down the laser and emerge out at the other end, ideally a photoelectric cell should be there at the other end to receive the light pulses, which will then convert it into its electrical equivalent.

Technology behind Fiber-optics:

Imagine a glass tube and a light wave travelling through it. The light-wave will bounce down the pipe hitting the glass at a certain angle which is ideally less than 42° with the glass tube, making it reflect back thereby hitting the surface like a ping-pong ball travelling down a narrow cylindrical tube. There is this theory that when a light ray hits the glass surface making an angle less than 42° with the surface, the light ray completely reflects back without leaking out as if the tube were a mirror. This phenomenon is called the total internal reflection. Even if there was a chance of light wave leakage; that would not be possible with the cladding that surrounds the core tube in which the light wave travels. The purpose of the cladding is to basically retain the light signals inside the core.

There are three types of fiber optic cables – single mode, multi-mode and a plastic optical fiber (POF).

Advantages of Fiber optics over conventional copper cabling:

Reduces EMI:

Have you ever experienced the noise while speaking over the phone, well in case you did, it is nothing but the Electro-Magnetic Interference (EMI). EMI is the disturbance caused when an external source affects the electric circuit. Fiber optic cables are immune to Electro- magnetic Induction. In traditional copper wires, the current travelling through the wires interfere as copper is a conductor of electricity, however, in case of fiber optic cables, the light particles travel through the wire, even through the places, where EMI would otherwise block the transmission.

Data Security:

Magnetic fields and current induction not only creates noise, but also makes way to data leakage in case of copper cabling. However, where fiber optic cables are concerned, the magnetic fields are not surrounding the cable, but only within the fiber optics cable. So, there is no way that we can control the signal being transmitted unless we cut open the fiber optic cable.

Eliminating sparks:

This is one of the biggest advantages of using fiber optic cables. Unlike the copper wires, which are prone to emit sparks as they transmit current through the wires, fiber optic cables are much safer in the confined areas or oil refineries where there is a threat of catching fire.

Installations made easy:

In the process of increasing the transmission capacity or bandwidth of the cable, inevitably, the thickness of the cable also increases. This makes passing though the ducts in the buildings a somewhat difficult affair. Fiber optic cables on the other hand are thin and flexible making it easier for the installations. While using the copper cables, the fire retardants are also supposed to be used in order to avoid the fire accidents, which is absolutely not the case while using the fiber optic cables.

Greater bandwidth and longer run:

Fiber optic cables have greater bandwidth enabling the huge amount of transmission of data within fractions of a second. The fiber optic cables can carry the information over long distances without any noise intervention.

With the consideration of all the factors that are in favour of the fiber optic cables, these form the ideal choice for any sort of commercial use where data communications is concerned.