Whether you work from a traditional office, home office, your iPhone, or on the road, a VPN is one of the best ways to protect yourself from data breaches on the internet, especially when using public wi-fi networks. But how effective are VPNs, and what's the best one for you? What are the downsides to using a VPN? Our executive guide will answer all your VPN-related questions -- including a few you probably haven't thought to ask. What is a VPN? VPN is an acronym for Virtual Private Network. The purpose of a VPN is to provide you with security and privacy as you communicate over the internet. Here's the problem with the internet: It's inherently insecure. When the internet was first designed, the priority was to be able to send packets (chunks of data) as reliably as possible. Networking across the country and the world was relatively new, and nodes often went down. Most of the internet's core protocols (communication methods) were designed to route around failure rather … [Read more...] about What is a VPN and why do you need one? Everything you need to know
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Everyone knows health care costs are busting us, as individuals and as a nation. Reform is needed, but the question is whether it will come and whether it will do the job. Here's how bad it has gotten: Medical bills were behind nearly two-thirds of all U.S. bankruptcies in 2007, researchers said in June. And most of those folks were middle class; most were homeowners ; most went to college; most had health insurance. And that data came from before the economic downturn. Our health care system should really be called a " disease care system," says Mohammad Torabi of Indiana University Bloomington's School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. As we've heard, the system is busy trying to stamp out diseases without focusing on the prevention of them, which would've cost a lot less. And with nearly 75 million Americans uninsured or underinsured, according to Dr. Mutaz B. Habal of the Tampa Bay Craniofacial Center, more and more of these folks end up at the emergency … [Read more...] about The Real Cost of Our ‘Disease Care’ System
The rate of deaths from cancer appears to be declining worldwide, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed information from death certificates in 60 countries between 2000 and 2010. The total number of cancer deaths increased over this time period, due to the growing world population, and the fact that people are living longer. But the rate of cancer deaths — that is, the number of deaths per 100,000 people — declined by about 1 percent per year during the decade, the study found. In particular, there was a decrease in the rate of deaths from stomach cancer in almost all countries, a decrease in lung cancer deaths among men, and a decrease in breast and prostate cancer deaths in developed countries, according to the study. Part of the reason for the overall decline may be the decreasing smoking rates in developed countries, along with improved early detection and treatment of cancer, said study researcher Dana Hashim, a postdoctoral fellow in preventive … [Read more...] about Cancer Death Rate Declines Worldwide
Numerous factors, including social, economic, political and scientific processes, shape and influence understanding and response to new diseases, according to the New England Journal of Medicine. By categorizing the ways illness develop and analyzing the many new diseases that have appeared over the past two centuries, medical historians found that new environmental conditions and ecological changes, human factors like population growth, changing social mores and sexual behavior, migration, war, intravenous drug use and even the consequences of new therapies can produce new diseases and increase the prevalence of once-obscure ailments. Developing diagnostic technologies and criteria can reveal previously unrecognized conditions such as hypertension and expand the scope and understanding of a disease such as depression. HIV–AIDS emerged as the result of conscious advocacy by interested parties, in addition to many of these modes of emergence. In battling emerging disease, the … [Read more...] about Leading Causes of Death in the US: 1900 – Present (Infographic)
Something to look forward to: AMD's Computex keynote just took place and we have all the details thanks to a pre-briefing which included three key announcements: FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR), new Ryzen 5000 desktop APUs and Radeon RX 6000M GPUs for laptops. Here are our preliminary thoughts on what's coming from Team Red. FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR) One thing that Radeon GPUs have lacked for quite some time now is a true competitor to Nvidia’s DLSS , but that's changing this month with the launch of FidelityFX Super Resolution or FSR. This is AMD’s long awaited alternative that will attempt to upscale games from a lower render resolution to a higher output resolution, allowing for higher levels of performance without a significant reduction to visuals – or ideally the same visual quality. AMD is not providing a ton of details just yet, but we do have a release date of June 22, which is just around the corner. This is when we’ll see the first game get patched with … [Read more...] about AMD at Computex 2021: FSR vs. DLSS, Ryzen 5000 APUs, and Radeon RX 6000M GPUs
IRIS, one of the UK’s largest accountancy software companies has added Staffology payroll software to its portfolio. The cloud-based application, which launched back in 2018 forms another part of the IRIS push towards being able to offer a full suite of products as more customers move toward digital transformation. The coronavirus pandemic has increased demand for cloud-based software. IRIS’s acquisition of Staffology, which has been built on an open Application Programming Interface (API) will allow the company to deliver several programs that can automate business processes while offering easy integration with existing products. IRIS already has cloud-based software that covers many areas of business needs. It offers accountancy solutions, payroll management and HR products along with education management tools and productivity solutions for SMEs through to larger businesses. Find the best POS system for your business The best tax software around today Check … [Read more...] about IRIS Software Group purchases cloud payroll business Staffology
In 2021, there is a real buzz building in the world of sports car racing. After many years of running incompatible technical regulations, the three organizations that are in charge of endurance racing in the US, France, and the rest of the world have managed to find common ground. Soon, a car that's able to compete for the overall win at Le Mans will also be eligible to do the same at Sebring or Daytona, and vice-versa. This convergence was meant to stimulate interest and draw in new entries, and it's doing just that: Acura, Audi, BMW, Ferrari, Glickenhaus, Peugeot, and Toyota have all confirmed programs. Entries are also expected from Cadillac, Hyundai, and Lamborghini. That level of manufacturer involvement hasn't been seen since the glory days of Group C, and it's fair to say the increasing field of competitors has fans excited at the prospect. But sports car racing—which often involves multiple classes of cars racing at the same time—is nothing if not overly complicated. The … [Read more...] about What is LMDh and why are we so excited about sports car racing in 2023?