You might know what a virtual private network (VPN) is, but the odds of you actually using one are low. You really should be using a VPN — ultimately, you may end up seeing it as just as vital as your internet connection. We'll tell you why, explain how to choose a VPN provider and list five that are worth considering.
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A 24-year old Central Coast IT pro has been identified as the self-proclaimed leader of online hacking group LulzSec and charged with hacking offences by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) after being arrested at hs workplace last night. While full details of the case won't emerge until he appears in court in May, the AFP used the arrest to remind businesses of the basic principles they should follow to avoid similar attacks.
Hello LH, I'm a young accountant working at a small-medium enterprise (SME). I manage a bunch of finance, admin and sales staff along with my finance duties. My manager is leaving for greener pastures and the flow-on restructure will result in me becoming the IT co-ordinator and officer managing the department.
Our Best Of 2012 series continues. Today, we're highlighting our IT pro content: the hints and tips that help you manage tech at work and advance your career.
Dear Lifehacker, I've been acting in a senior role for four months, and I've just been extended until February next year. The position has not been advertised (the last person in the job retired) but I have the feeling it will be sometime early next year. What can I do to help secure the job full-time? It would be a big pay rise from my previous job, and I have managed some good wins in the last four months. Any advice? Thanks, Please Promote Me
The benefits of cloud computing are obvious — high availability, improved flexibility, reduced costs — but that doesn't mean that shifting from a conventional server architecture to a cloud environment is easy. What roadblocks stand in the way of companies shifting to the cloud, and what can be done about them?
Dear Lifehacker, We're moving office in about eight months' time, and it's a good opportunity to smarten up our outdated internal technology. Any tips on what to avoid/embrace in an office fit-out? I'm mainly concerned with making the space feel shiny for staff and customers whilst not getting locked in to one vendor or looking dated in three years with plasma screens when everyone else has holographic displays and telepathy.
Maximising your earning potential in IT means developing the right skills. "Big data" — identifying trends from the masses of data that are created by everything we do online — remains a highly in-demand area, with Gartner suggesting that demand for those roles will far outstrip supply over the next few years.
Whether you freelance on the side or you're a full-time contractor, working out what to charge can be a challenging question. Your Rate is a webapp that asks three simple questions: how much you want to make every month, how many hours you want to work each week, and how many weeks of holiday you want to take each year. Fill those in and it calculates a suggested hourly rate.
Conventional wisdom says that for effective company management, we need organisations to be highly ordered, with a strong and well-defined structure, plus rules and regulations, led by a strong boss. But what if that's wrong? What if "bosslessness" and self-organisation give rise to an effective order far more potent than what any one individual might impose?