The Four Big Steps of Moving to the City 31

The Four Big Steps of Moving to the City

The following article is a guest post.

As someone who spent their teenage years and early adulthood traversing the open, quiet expanse of suburban life, with occasional jaunts out into the timeless countryside of Victoria, the city was always a magical opus of culture.

Not to say it was unreachable, or that I didn’t go into urban exploration mode any time I could. However, there is always something fascinatingly otherworldly about the size and scope of a bustling city.

With that in mind, I could have never anticipated the change that came with finally making that transition into full-time city dweller.

So, to ensure that your scenic switch-up goes smoother than my own, here’s a few pointers to help you on your way!

A Clean Cut.

Before you can start setting up your new life, you need to ensure that all loose ends have been taken care of in your previous abode.

While there are services like Whizz bond cleaner that can certainly be useful with the bigger picture, it’s your job to ensure that nothing’s getting left behind once you leave for good.

I had mail being sent to my previous home for months after I left, which was not at all pleasant for my apartment’s new residents, or for the sad sap who wasn’t getting any of his bills or birthday cards.

It may seem like a silly mistake, but it’s one of many problematic slipups that everyone I know has made at least once.

Food Forethought.

In the suburbs, you likely have access to an abundance of supermarkets, stalls and shops where you can get everything you need to survive at a relatively reasonable price. While scrimping and saving will definitely help you through the city-dwelling experience, many people are unprepared for how expensive all of their necessities can become in comparison.

To avoid this, spend your first few days of free time marking out the best places to get what you need, as there is sure to be places that are a little less costly than the usual amble.

It can definitely take a considerable amount of effort at first, but once you map out your little network of cafes, bakeries and marketplaces, you’ll be happy that you did.

Be Prepared.

While you may have a vague understanding of the areas around where you’re moving to, this is not always the full acclimatisation you might think. That’s because you’re likely looking for different things in a residence than a destination.

You might know the name of every bar, venue and skate park within a 5km radius off by heart, but when it comes to thinking about good cafes, affordable transport and other pleasantries that can endear you to a place, many people don’t have a clue.

Ensure that you’re taking into account the daily benefits of your surrounding areas before settling on a new abode.

You may be 5 minutes away from your fortnightly bar night, but if you don’t know where to get your breakfast, it can be a rough introduction.

Get Into a Routine.

One thing that cities have that is often different to cul de sacs and suburbia at large is an overabundance of choice.

Where do you go for supplies when there are 15 supermarkets within walking distance? When do you sleep when there’s always something new and exciting happening right outside your door?

While these may seem like trivial concerns (because they are), it’s good to regiment yourself to an extent, especially if you have never been in a position to do it before.

Always remember, while things may be difficult at first, traveling out on your own into an environment you have not previously called your own can be one of the most exciting experiences of your life, so why not enjoy it?

You have a new world to explore, and the first step into acclimatising yourself to it is simply to explore what it has to offer you.

Good luck!

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Data Is Important to Your Business’s Operations: Keep It as Safe as It Is Accessible 4

The Secret to Designing Perfect Landing Pages

Computers have been able to move files between one another since the technology’s very early days. The first File Transfer Protocol (FTP) technology emerged in 1971. Back then, network administrators only needed to move data from one place to the next; security was not an issue. Furthermore, since the computers were probably in the same room, the data did not have very far to go.

Today, there are many ways to move data efficiently and safely over long distances. MOVEit by ipswitch is a good example. It’s very robust yet also very easy to use. It also has a number of audit trail and compliance features that really make it a useful program.

How do you know for sure whether Moveit or some other program is the right one for your business?

What is Secure File Transfer?

FTP still works very well when there is absolutely no need for security, but these instances are few and far between. Some of today’s most popular file transfer options are:

  • Secure File Transfer Protocol: As the name implies, SFTP is FTP plus encryption. The combination is very fast and prevents network eavesdropping. SCP (Secure Copy) is a closely related protocol.
  • Managed File Transfer: MFT is a much more complex option. In addition to file security, it adds a variety of audit, management, reliability, and other features.
  • Email Encryption: Instead of transferring the file as an attachment, a secure email sends a link. Then, the recipient can download the document from a secure site. Moreover, email encryption enables users to send very large files with little drama.
  • Hosting: Originally, file hosting services supported document collaboration and nothing else. Lately, security features have emerged as well, making network hosting a viable secure file transfer option.

All these methods rely on access control. Typically, that involves a username and password. Depending on the organization’s needs, the access control can be much tighter. Usually, this process involves an Identity and Access Management (IAM) system.

Some File Transfer Features

In its most basic form, secure file transfer relies on command line interfaces. This system is automated and not designed for user interface, so there are very few additional features. On the other hand, command line interfaces are very low-cost and allow organizations to maintain control over file security even if they use cloud providers.

SFTP is still the best option for most businesses, but SFTP by itself often falls short. Consider adding additional features like:

  • Auditing: Sometimes, auditing functions are available as an add-on. But organizations that also have compliance issues in this area, such as those that handle Personal Identifying Information (PII), may be better off with MFT.
  • Scheduling: This need is not as common but it’s still out there. Sometimes, users need to send documents at certain times of the day, usually to avoid bandwidth conflicts. Customers with scheduling needs almost always need MFT, because its systems are very robust.
  • Indirect Transfer: Only MFT allows users to send documents to an intermediary server when then forwards them to the recipients. The user and recipient are isolated from each other, and such transfers are easier to track.

Consider the options carefully before making a decision. Then, go with an established provider who stands by its products.