Virtual Private Networks (VPNs): Your questions, answered

Virtual Private Networks (VPNs): Your questions, answered

Data security has become more vital for your business these days as your employees work from home. With your staff unable to access corporate systems, your data becomes vulnerable to cyberthreats like malware and phishing attacks.

To protect your data, you should use strong passwords, keep your applications and security solutions updated, and conduct regular cybersecurity awareness training. Another effective way to ensure data security is to use virtual private networks (VPNs).

What is a VPN?

A VPN is an application that allows users to surf the web privately and securely, bypass censorship blocks, and gain access to restricted websites. Popular business VPN programs include NordVPN Teams, IPVanish, CyberGhost, and Windscribe.

Think of a VPN as a secure tunnel that connects your device to a destination privately. Once connected to a VPN server, your device acts as if it’s on the same local connection as the VPN, which hides your real location and enables you to access geo-blocked sites.

With a VPN, all transmitted and received data is encrypted end-to-end, effectively hiding users’ identities. This prevents hackers, competitors, and governments from spying on your online activities.

What are the benefits of using a VPN?

1. Better protection from cyberattacks

Employees working remotely may connect to unsecure public Wi-Fi networks, a common place for cybercriminals looking to steal sensitive data from unsuspecting users. But by using a VPN, your employees can send and receive data without the risk of cybercriminals seeing the information. Some VPNs can even detect malware from downloaded files and prevent users from opening them.

2. Geographic independence

Some websites may be inaccessible from your country because their content is made for other countries or illegal in your location. VPNs circumvent these restrictions by routing your traffic through a server in another country and masking your local IP address with one based on a location you’re connecting to. This lets you access a website's content as if you are in an unrestricted location.

3. Affordability

VPNs are offered on a subscription basis. While prices may vary, you can get one for as low as $10 per month. A single license normally comes with a large to unlimited bandwidth and supports multiple devices like smartphones and desktops, making VPNs a worthwhile investment for your company.

It’s not advisable to use free VPNs. Free VPNs have a limited data cap, and could use your information for targeted ads or sell your bandwidth to other users.

What you need to know before installing VPNs

Do some research first before installing a VPN in your business, as features may differ per application. Here are some questions that need to be asked:

  • Which employees need a VPN?
  • What will employees do while using the VPN?
  • How many devices need VPN access?
  • What encryption protocols are needed?
  • Which VPN servers should systems connect to?
  • Is a VPN kill switch necessary?

After choosing a VPN, work with your IT team to install it on the computers that require it. But if you don’t have an IT team, work with a managed IT services provider like INFINIT Consulting. Our certified engineers will not only help you install a VPN, but we will also provide 24/7/365 support to ensure your entire network functions properly.

Once your VPN is set up, require your employees to always use a VPN to better protect your network from cyberattacks and to make the most of your technology investment

Your IT infrastructure needs to work optimally at all times to ensure business productivity and efficiency. INFINIT Consulting can provide you with end-to-end managed network services. We will help you install a new wireless network, replace your existing IT infrastructure, or relocate to another premises within your budget. To learn more about our services, schedule a no-obligation meeting today.

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