What exactly is a VPN?
A VPN is a Virtual Private Network that creates a secure and encrypted connection on the public Internet between two devices. It helps protect information and helps to prevent online criminals from accessing information. A VPN also provides anonymity online by hiding your IP address.
Why should we use a VPN?
Many organizations use VPNs so their employees can safely access files, apps, and other resources while connected from anywhere. For instance, a remote employee would use a VPN to safely access business documents while they are connected at home, or a public location such as an airport or hotel.
Is a VPN difficult to set up?
Not at all. Using a VPN app is easy to install and work on. Businesses need to equip their team with the tools they need to work safely remotely. There are several different vendors to choose from. We’ve created a checklist of factors to consider while you are evaluating platforms.
- Hosting: Most VPNs operate in the cloud as it easier to set up and manage. Keep in mind though, if your organization has compliance protocols in place, you may actually need a VPN that is hosted on-site.
- Scalability: Whether you need to scale up or down, make sure your VPN host can add and remove accounts as needed.
- Security: Make sure to do your due diligence when checking out the VPN vendor’s processes and protocols. You need a reliable, secure, and strongly encrypted VPN.
- Cost: There are free VPN services available, however, be aware that they probably will not be the best fit or include all the protection you need.
Online attacks are at an all-time high. Employees need the right tools to keep them safe while working remotely, or even just in the office. Installing a VPN is a great first step to upgrading your organization’s protection practices.