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Privacy Matters

Privacy Matters
by Gary Woods

With all the information lately about the NAS listening to your phone calls and reading your email it got me to thinking that they[re not the only people out there you have to worry about. If you[re running a business or even have communications you don[t want to share with the general public there are things called Virtual Private Networks which can keep a lot of prying eyes away from your stuff.

Having set up a lot of networks I can tell you that putting together a Virtual Private Network is not all that easy. To do so takes configuring each computer; router and attached network storage device that you want to include and it can be a little tricky and finicky. That's why when I came across a little device called iTwin Connect ( it piqued my interest.

With the device you pull the two pieces of the iTwin Connect apart and plug the larger dongle into a USB port on any computer on your home or office network and then plug the other end into your internet connected laptop and voila a Virtual Private Network is created.

The device retails for $199 and works on Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7 & Windows 8 Pro as well as well as Mac OSX Snow Leopard, Lion and Mountain Lion.

If you've got some communications that you'd like to keep private but don't want to spend a whole bunch of dough on IT then check out iTwin Connect. Of course the bad news is my hunch is the NSA is still going to be able to get at your stuff.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc