What is a VPN or cloud connection?

Posted Friday Friday, July 8, 2011 by Ian Pettman

Ava cloud provides connections to your staff scheduling process using what is technically known as a VPN.

What does this mean?

It means that you can have your laptop, home computer, work computer or tablet pc seeing everything you need as long as you have a reasonable Internet connection.

What does that mean?

In the simplest case, you have Ava cloud installed on a laptop computer and Ava cloud also installed on your office PC(s). All the information (data) about clients, employees etc is available wherever you are (as long as your are connected to the internet). This connection can even be by a "mobile dongle" which is a little stick that you get from a mobile provider such as O2, Vodafone, 3 etc (see below). Your office is also connected to the cloud and both the office and laptop can work at the same time updating availability, taking requests, emailing customers, sending SMS messages to employees, processing time sheets for invoice and payroll, and all the other tasks to run your business successfully.

This is all done over what is known as a VPN.

What is a VPN?

VPN stand for "Virtual Private Network".  When you access a standard web page, the information you send and receive is sent in "clear "text. In other words if this web page has the words "Ava cloud is a wonderful product", then anyone and everyone can see that this information has been passed from the Ava web site to you. The "private" part of the VPN or "Virtual Private Network"  means that the information is now sent in an encrypted form. This means that personal information can now be sent with full confidence in its privacy. It means that a nosy competitor cannot access your data. It means you meet your requirements under law for the data protection act. It means you can do this anywhere.  It means that if your computer is stolen, your data is safe.

More about the technical side of VPNs here..

O2 mobile dongle provider

Vodafone mobile dongle provider

3 (and 3 mobile) mobile dongle provider

Orange mobile dongle provider


Price comparison for mobile dongle providers

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