Has your business considered a VPN (virtual private network)? In this article we explain what it is and why they’re popular with businesses in the age of the Internet.
VPN stands for Virtual Private Network and businesses use them to connect remote datacenters and also allow access to resources from a network on a different LAN (local area network). When an untrusted public network is being used a VPN can encrypt and secure communications. A connection is established by clicking on a specific website or using a computer to launch the VPN client. Credentials are required to log in. The trusted keys will be exchanged with a server far away. Once the authentication process is complete communications on the internet are secured through encryption to prevent eavesdropping. This means all data received or sent is secured and remains private.
The Benefits of a VPN
The main purpose of a VPN is to tighten security and provide access to a network not physically connected to the computer. Students are usually provided with free VPN service to access network resources while traveling or at home. Students often engage a VPN when using public Wi-Fi. Many individuals frequently downloading remain safe by using a VPN. Some people believe everything they do on their computer is being watched. They use a VPN for safety and security. A VPN can bypass local networks to watch television programs, stream internet radio, use new applications or web services and receive data restricted to specific regions or countries.
The Best VPN
The best possible VPN will provide a good balance of connectivity protocols, server location, features and price. Each VPN has a specific purpose including occasional usage, heavy downloading, working around restrictions placed on services and apps by local companies and privacy. There are a lot of servers providing VPN’s and some are free. These servers can easily be located and researched on the internet to determine which one will work best for the intended use. SSL is a common term when researching VPN’s. This is a popular way of ensuring a secure connection. The additional terms for secure connections include SSL/TLS, L2TP, IPSec, and PPTP.
Anti-Spyware and Anti-Malware
A VPN does not provide 100 percent invulnerability so it is important to use HTTPS when it is possible. Some VPN providers include anti-malware scanners with their mobile bundles. This ensures the user is not downloading Trojans or viruses. Some providers offer anti-malware protection for individuals while they are shopping on the internet. High quality malware protection is usually offered in premium packages.
A good VPN provider will offer protection for all different types of devices. Individual users have access to mobile and desktop solutions. It is important to avoid using two separate VPN’s to secure a laptop and a phone. This will require two different agreements and policies as well as doubling the cost.
Every time a user connects to a VPN they are entrusting their data to the VPN service provider. It is important to choose a company with a good reputation, favorable reviews and experience in the industry to ensure the best possible service. Take the time to research and understand the logging policies of the provider prior to signing up for the service. A good VPN provider is invaluable for security and protection but there are companies offering inferior services.