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Jennifer Williams is a writer, turned traveler, turned blogger, and wants to share her nomad lifestyle adventures and love of technology with anyone who will listen. You can find her on Twitter- @JtotheWilliams or writing on Techsplosive.

7 FTP Clients for Mac Users

FTP Clients for Mac

If you’re a Mac user, you know you have to do things a little differently than the people who use PCs. That’s okay, but it can lead to some confusion and annoyance – especially if you’re a new Mac user and having trouble getting what you need.

  • Want RealVNC? Check.
  • A great interface? Check.
  • Plenty of good programs? Check.
  • A fast processor that can help you do everything quickly and efficiently? Check.

In nutshell, Mac is an awesome OS, and like once you start using iPhone, you don’t look at other phones, similarly when you start using Mac, you will never look at windows or Linux. You should consider reading: 11 reasons why I love mac.

Now, if you are one of those who recently shifted to Mac and looking to get all the software’s installed on your system, there is already a list of must have Mac apps. Now, just to make work easier for Bloggers and webmasters, I’m creating a list of FTP clients for mac, which are not only easier to use but are one of the best in the app market.

Paid and free FTP Clients for mac

Transmit:

Transmit FTP Software

Transmit has been around for a while, but it’s still popular. Why? Because it works and it has everything that you would need. It has basic FTP as well as iDisk and Amazon S3 support. This FTP software offers many advance options like multi-connection transfers, Bandwidth limiting, Send SSh command, View security certificate, pane switcher and many more. <Check out transmit>

CyberDuck:

Cyber Duck Mac FTP

Cyberduck is another popular FTP client for Mac. It does everything that you need to do with it, and it’s got a decent interface. It won’t wow you with its looks, but it’s not complicated to use and it works. Also, if you are one of those coder who like to edit codes while using FTP, this software will let you edit them using your preferred editor. It also supports, Google cloud storage, rackspace cloud files. Also, if you are a Google drive user, you can manage the same with Cyber duck.What more could you ask for? <Link: Cyberduck>

Flow:

Best SFTP mac app

Flow is another one of the most popular FTP clients for people who use a Mac. All the required features are there, and the interface is fluid and smooth. That makes it easy to work with. The only downfall is that it can be a little unstable, leading to more crashes than some other programs have. One interesting feature about Flow is Droplets, which let you quickly upload files by dragging and dropping. Once file is uploaded, you can automatically copy the link to your clipboard. The only downside is this is a paid app and it cost $10, but again as we know quality always comes with a price tag. You can download Flow directly from Mac app store here.

FileZilla:

FileZilla works and will do what you need it to, but it’s a bit ugly and clunky. It doesn’t look like a lot of time was spent with the interface, especially when it came to making it look pretty so it would be inviting to use. You might want to give this one a pass based on that, although it does work properly if you don’t mind the look of it. Though, I use FIleZilla on my Windows OS, and love it, but for Mac, I suggest you to check out other alternative, which matches with elegant design of Mac.

Fetch:

Fetch client

Fetch looks much better, but that’s mostly because it’s a minimalist design. That keeps it from being cluttered, and you can make the size of the window large or small. It doesn’t have a second pane, though, or any extra support features for Amazon or iDisk. It’s strictly basic FTP, and costs a bit much for what you get. It supports Mac OS X 10.5  and above and is a paid tool again. Though, they offer 15 days trial which is good enough for you to get started.  Like flow, it also offer droplets for quick uploading and supports wide range of FTP servers.

Speed Download:

Speed Download is one of the most common download managers for Mac. Now it handles FTP, too, making it a good bargain and something that a lot of Mac users are already familiar with. Though, it’s a paid mac app and you need to purchase it for $25. Though, you can always buy in bulk for multiple macs and get it for cheaper price.

Yummy:

7) Yummy is another one of the mediocre offerings. It does what it should, but there’s no flair to it. They offer 30 days free trial or you can buy it for $29, I would rather spend $10 in buying Flow app. For the price, there are plenty of better options.

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There you have it… seven FTP clients for Mac that you can use and enjoy. Find the one that works the best for you, and that’ll be one less worry that you have to deal with.

7 Open Source Applications for everyone

Not only Open Source Applications cut the ties that bind you to a specific manufacturer, like Windows, they often compete with or exceed the features packed into commercial apps. Best of all, they are free. Here are seven apps anyone can and should use.

Open Source Applications

1. Firefox

When it comes to Internet browsers, one size doesn’t fit all, and Firefox understands that. Consider the following benefits of using Firefox:

  • Gain access to over 180,000 customized themes for your browser interface.
  • Customize your home page with the information you want, whether it’s sports, travel, research, or social information.
  • Take advantage of built-in security, such as anti-virus integration.

2. OpenOffice

OpenOffice packs all the power of Microsoft Office Suite, but it’s free. With OpenOffice, you actually get more features — it comes with a PDF creator and better tools for artists, such as Draw. One of the main benefits is that you don’t have to retype your documents. The program allows you to open your Word files and re-save them in OpenOffice format.

3. ClamWin

Anyone who spends time online has the potential of transferring a malicious virus or program onto a computer. Viruses can wipe out the registry, rendering the computer nothing more than an expensive paperweight. Or, they can snag your personal information and transfer your credit card or bank account information to cyber-thieves.The open source solution is ClamWin, a free anti-virus program. It offers the same features as Norton and already protects over 600,000 computers.

4. PDFCreator

If you just can’t bring yourself to make the switch from Microsoft Office to OpenOffice, at least save some money by using PDFCreator instead of Adobe’s expensive commercial product. PDFCreator installs on your computer like a printer. To create the PDF, you hit the “Print” option on the document and select PDFCreator as the printer. Instead of printing the document, a new screen will open with the PDF of the document. It’s that simple.

5. 7Zip

Most free and open source software (FOSS) programs use a welcome wizard to help you install the program onto your computer, but some use zipped files. To unzip the information, you need a zip utility, like 7Zip. Not only is 7Zip an open source program, it also offers you the ability to take advantage of every other FOSS that uses a zipped delivery.

6. FileZilla

As more people and businesses host websites, they have realized the need for a file transfer protocol (FTP) program. An FTP program is what transfers the web pages you have created to your server.

  • FileZilla is free.
  • It has a user-friendly interface.
  • The FTP makes uploading and downloading files easy to do.

7. TrueCrypt

Whether you want to protect your family photos, your financial information, or the trade secrets that make your business the sure-win over your competition, you can use an encryption program to increase your security. With TrueCrypt, you get the ability to encrypt USB flash drives, hard drives, or files.

These seven Open Source Applications offer you the tools you need to manage any job, whether you run a home or a corporation. Why are you paying for something you could get free?

9 Ways Technology Has Improved Business Transactions Online

The rise of e-commerce and online banking have ushered in the era of business transactions in cyberspace.

Needless to say, deals by handshake are no more. Instead, millions of business transactions are completed online every day, from retail sales to processed contracts. The evolution of technology continues to expand what things can be exchanged on the Internet, and in what manner. The following are 9 ways technology has improved business transactions online.

1. Portability

Business transactions no longer have to be made in an office or store. With the introduction of devices like smartphones and tablets, they can be made on the go at anytime, anywhere. This also includes the proliferation of laptops. Money and documents can be sent, received and processed whenever the moment arises.

2. Speed

Advanced computer chips, processors and servers have made everything online much faster. For example, online stock exchanges can process millions of trades every second while money and even products can be delivered instantly. Additionally, the increase in speed affects all businesses sectors, such as using electronic signature services to have hundreds of contracts signed each day.

3. Cheaper

With technology, businesses have seen their operation costs decrease significantly. Instead of needing a large labor force and a host of office supplies, business are capable of processing transactions with only one or a few devices and a much leaner personnel.

4. Wider reach

Because of cheaper, more portable technology, businesses have the ability to reach a greater number of markets. Transactions between two businesses located in opposite corners of the world can be processed online as if both shared an office. Meanwhile, customers can buy goods from any country online.

5. Storage

For a business, every document, contract and receipt at one time would be stored in rooms full of long, metal filing cabinets. With technological advances in memory and storage, an endless supply of files and records can be safely stashed away and easily organized.

6. Guarantees

A business transaction online will not get lost in cyberspace like the mail. With instant processing, everything is delivered and received in a timely fashion.

7. Automation

Businesses are only open for a certain period each day, so it is highly unlikely that someone will manage things around the clock. With technology, businesses can take advantage of smart applications that can automate many common transactions. This way businesses can process deals at all times, even when everyone is asleep.

8. Wider offering of content

For companies that are providing information to buyers, such as newspapers or magazines, more can be offered with each transaction. Along with a single purchased copy, consumers can get more with their money like videos and interactive displays.

9. Security

Technology has made transactions online air tight in terms of security. Advancements in information encryption, firewalls and even creative solutions like security questions have made users much more comfortable with submitting information online.

Countless business transactions are conducted safely and quickly every day because of technology. Where have you seen technology improve your ability to make business transactions?

Choosing a Secure Backup Plan for your Virtual World

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As the average file size increases, the way that we handle data backup and storage must also evolve.

There are a wide variety of options available when it comes to choosing a secure backup plan, and different backup storage devices are designed to meet specific needs for specific users. Consider the following backup options when designing your data backup plan.

1. Determine the quantity of files that you will be backing up, as well as approximate file sizes. Will you be backing up your entire system, or just specific files that are more important?

 

2. Keep in mind that this amount is going to grow in the future, and your data storage and backup needs will grow over time.

3. Determine what your budget is for backup storage devices like NAS storage options and other backup and storage media options.

 

 

4. Consider the types of files that you intend to archive. If you will be archiving files that you need to be able to reach, such as music or photographs, then you need a portable media that you can access easily.

Once you have a basic idea about what you need to store and how much space and flexibility or portability you need, you can start appraising some of the options that are available to you. These are just some of the options that would allow you to easily backup and store your files:

Portable Media: You can use a Zip drive and Zip discs, a CD-RW drive and CDs or a Jaz drive depending on how much data you are backing up. A Zip drive or CD-RW drive will reasonably handle smaller backup needs. Jaz drives and external hard disks will help you when you need a lot of storage space. These are all essentially do-it-yourself or DIY backup and storage options.

Network Attached Storage: Also referred to as NAS storage, this is a storage option that works well if you need easy access to your files, because they are available on a server for easy reaching. You can run your own NAS or you can hire help during the setup process depending on your tech proficiency.

Online Storage: Online storage options range significantly in price and features depending on needs. DropBox, for example, offers 2 gigabytes of space for free, and you can buy more space as needed and host your files online where you can reach them easily.

Once you have a secure backup plan in place, back up your files regularly. Weekly or bi-weekly is generally ideal when you use the computer on a daily basis. Keep this in mind when putting your backup plan into action, especially if writing files to thumb drives, CDs or similar media that can only handle so many writes and rewrites.

So in other words…

Your data backup plan should be unique to fit your needs, as each computer user is going to have distinct needs based on what matters most to them.

If security, data protection and consistent backups are your priorities, then the aforementioned backup plan options are sure to benefit you.