Canadian VPS Hosting

What is VPS Hosting?

A Virtual Private Server (VPS) provides you with full root access to a ‘virtualized’ environment within one powerful bare metal dedicated server. Virtual Servers allow hosting providers to split up physical hardware resources into compartments, much like apartments within a larger apartment building, and rent the compartments to those who need server resources.

Why Canada for VPS Hosting?

By going with a Canadian VPS Hosting provider, you’re opting to store your data within Canada. Whether this is for email hosting, web hosting, or app-specific hosting, the data you store on these Canadian Virtual Private Servers remains within Canadian borders, allowing for Canadian privacy laws to apply to that data.

Data Privacy and Laws

This makes the data out of reach of American law enforcement without first asking the Canadian government to force compliance from their business(es) — namely Canadian hosting providers.

Canadian laws (namely PIPEDA and the digital privacy act of 2015) work to ensure the privacy and safety of your personal data that is stored within Canadian borders.

Spying Systems

It’s important to note that 3rd party ‘spying’ systems like PRISM in the US still apply to any data flowing within US borders. This means that while your data is safe from prying eyes when it is securely stored on Canadian VPS Hosting provider’s servers, when that data is transmitted either to or through locations residing outside of Canada’s borders, the privacy of that data is no longer 100% subject to Canadian laws.

This means that it’s important that you take measures to ensure the data is strongly encrypted while it is flowing to and from your Canadian VPS.

Example of routing in action

As an example, if your server resides in Montreal and you reside in Halifax, even though there are high performance connections that take only Canadian routes between Halifax and Montreal, it’s very likely that your data packets will route through New York. This is because a large portion of America’s East Coast Internet infrastructure lives in New York City, thusly often resulting in faster routes through NYC than through New Brunswick direct to Quebec.

Even if the route isn’t faster, your ISP may get cheaper bandwidth from an American top-teir bandwidth supplier, like Peer1 Networks, than they do from, say Telus in Canada, thusly resulting in a cheaper route for your ISP to take advantage of… which pushes your packets through US borders.

Conclusions

Using a Canadian VPS Hosting provider is quite important to ensure that strong Canadian privacy laws apply to your emails, websites, and files. That said, be sure not to let your attention to privacy end there. Make sure that your servers are configured for the highest available levels of encryption with the latest protocols (TLS1.2 at the time of writing of this article) to ensure that any data routing to and from your Canadian servers remains secure from prying eyes.

Five Signs Which Show Decreased Testosterone

Testosterone is a sex hormone produced in the testes in men (Cells of Leydig). Testosterone is responsible for male sexual characteristics. Occasionally, free testosterone levels in the blood go down and at this time, men will begin to suffer from adverse conditions. Here are five signs you are suffering from decreased testosterone.

Reduced sex drive- Testosterone is responsible for both male and female libido. It is natural for sex drive to reduce as you age. But if you are young and your libido has declined drastically, it may indicate low testosterone levels. Please note that other factors like lack of sleep, stress, illness can also reduce sex drive.

Erectile dysfunction- People who are suffering from low testosterone levels may show erectile dysfunction. But it is not true that testosterone alone is responsible for helping men achieve erections. The connection between testosterone and erectile dysfunction is not fully established. But testosterone does stimulate the production of nitric acid in the brain which assists in achieving erections.

Low volume of semen- Semen, also called seminal fluid, contains spermatozoa. As testosterone levels increase, so do semen levels. On the other hand, men who are suffering from low testosterone levels show less semen volume during ejaculation. It is also true that if the testosterone levels drop too low, men may start suffering from infertility.

Hair loss- Low testosterone levels can cause hair loss. It is a myth that too much free testosterone in the blood causes balding. There are any number of reasons why this (balding) happens. It is natural for some men to start balding when they become older. However, men who have low testosterone levels show premature balding, with a corresponding loss of facial and body hair.

Loss of muscle mass- Testosterone plays a very important role in muscle building. Men who are suffering from low testosterone levels will see a reduction in muscle strength and mass. Low testosterone also decrease bone mass in men (and women). So people suffering from low testosterone levels have more chances of suffering from bone fractures. If you can somehow increase testosterone levels in your blood, this can be reversed.

Apart from these five, it also results in changes in mood. It is well known that women experience mood swings during menopause because of a drop in estrogen levels. Did you know that men can also experience similar mood changes due to a drop in their testosterone levels? Testosterone not only influences physical processes it also affects intelligence and cognitive functions. It is now known that men suffering from low testosterone levels are more at risk for experiencing irritability, depression and problems with focusing.

This shows that testosterone is a very important hormone for men. Low testosterone levels should be treated quickly lest it begins to affect your life negatively.