VPN: Why you should hide your IP address on cnet Best VPN services The CNET VPN Directory lists many of the most popular VPN Services available. Read More You've heard the advice before: Whether you're in the office or on the road, a VPN is one of the best ways to protect yourself on the internet. But how effective are VPNs? What's the best one for you? What are the downsides? Our executive guide aims to answer all your VPN-related questions -- including a few you probably haven't thought about before.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.Read also: Online security 101: Tips for protecting your privacy from hackers and spies 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 … [Read more...] about VPN services 2018: The ultimate guide to protecting your data on the internet
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By the end of this year I will have spent more than half of it traveling, most often staying in hotel rooms. So, I’ve developed a bit of a… routine. One of the first things I do when I check into a hotel room, after I immediately drink all the free water bottles (flight dehydration is real!), is fill out the door hanger for room service breakfast in the morning, requesting it arrive roughly an hour before I need to leave the hotel in the morning. I do it first because I’m probably going to be out late and I don’t want to run the risk of forgetting to fill it out later. There was a time where I considered ordering room service anything as a luxury that only rich lazy people did, but it’s become a staple for me for a number of reasons: A Food Alarm Clock While you can certainly answer the door in your PJs to collect your room service, it’s not something I’m going to do. I don’t need to be in full makeup ready to walk out the door to deal … [Read more...] about Why You Should Always Order Room Service Breakfast on Business Trips
The remote revolution: How much money people really make working from home Remote work is no longer a self-led movement, as businesses are embracing distributed telecommuters, Read More Seemingly overnight, remote work has gone from that rare unicorn of workforce arrangements to a standard component of many people's workweek. According to a recent Gallup poll, 43 percent of employed Americans log at least some out-of-office, on-the-clock time. A full 31 percent of those who work remotely at least some of the time spend four or five days a week out of the office.What explains the change? Some of it has to do with the rise of the freelance worker. Nearly 50 percent of millennials are freelancers, and employers are limited in how and when they require contract employees to be on-site. Also: How remote work can make your small company global CNETBut many employers are also allowing or even encouraging their traditional employees to work remotely, and for good reason. While the battle … [Read more...] about Remote working 101: Professional’s guide to the tools of the trade
The Salty Waitress Salty Waitress is The Takeout’s advice column from a real-life waitress that will teach you how not to behave like a garbage person while dining out—and maybe in real life. Dear Salty, I travel a lot for business and recently got assigned to a client in a podunk town with hardly any non-fast-food restaurants. The last two trips there, I’ve just ended up ordering hotel room service because it’s easy and the food was pretty decent. I’m wondering how much I’m supposed to tip on room service delivery, though. Should I tip like a normal restaurant (20 percent) or like a pizza delivery where you just give the delivery guy a few bucks? My company’s dinner per diem is $40 so I usually end up ordering about that much food—should I tip $8 or just a few bucks in cash? Thanks, Hey Guy, I can see how this tipping situation could be tricky. On one hand, yeah, it’s food from the hotel’s restaurant delivered by a … [Read more...] about Ask The Salty Waitress: How much should I tip on hotel room service?
The ThinkPad X1 Extreme isn't the first Lenovo with discrete graphics or even the first mainstream ThinkPad with it: the 15-inch Yoga 720 launched with an Nvidia GTX 1050 option and the T series has had an option for Nvidia's mobile graphics solution, the MX150, for a little while. But the X1 Extreme is the first of its top-end ThinkPad X1 line of business laptops with the option to combine a GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q with the bright, wide-gamut 4K screen that debuted earlier this year.That makes it a potentially high performer for creatives who don't need, or want to spend the money on, Lenovo's sibling lightweight mobile workstation the ThinkPad P1. Though the entry prices for both are close -- that laptop starts at about $1,900, while the X1 Extreme starts at $1,860 -- it isn't nearly as svelte-looking and doesn't offer the better, Dolby Vision HDR-supporting display.Of course, the first thing people think of for discrete GPUs is gaming, and this will probably deliver decent … [Read more...] about Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme adds graphics chops to its top biz laptop