So, how exactly can having a VPN benefit your business?
There are several reasons why VPNs are beneficial, so let’s begin with security. No matter what size your business is, you will regularly be sending and receiving sensitive information – that could be anything from your financials, analysis on competitors or even the secret recipe that’s made your product the talk of the industry.
Protecting what is yours and for your employees and trusted associates’ eyes only, is critical in business and, moreover, it’s your right. Privacy is absolutely crucial and should any of the information you want to protect fall into the wrong hands, it could be used to damage your reputation or even destroy vital information.
VPNs particularly come into their own when employees have to travel.
Whether it’s overseas or home, the added protection a VPN can provide is vital – in fact, they are indispensable.
Once a VPN is in operation, you control who accesses your private network via an authorization process. Think of it as a direct tunnel, where information travels from one user to another, and is encrypted and safe from the outside world.
It’s simple, safe and effective and best of all, doesn’t require large investment in costly data-centre routing hardware. Whatever resource your users log into, they will be using a secure connection with VPN employed.
Wherever it is accessed around the globe, the VPN will disguise the IP address and location, so there’s never a footprint left behind that could give a clue to the user’s whereabouts ensuring no government or corporation is able to track movements. And it also prevents data miners sending your working habits to marketing organizations.
A VPN is especially useful if you have regular dealings with China, as it overrides the geo-blocking that prevents using certain websites or social media platforms. In effect, it means your employees can use the Internet as though they are on home soil.
Finally, the costs associated with VPNs make them affordable to any sized business – peanuts compared with other security processes – and considering your going to be using military grade encryption to protect your data whether in transit or at home, it really is a very small price to pay for peace of mind.
In short, what’s not to like?