It used to be that you could close your business at the end of the day, lock up, and go home secure in the knowledge that it was safe. The world, as they say, has changed. You’ll still lock your door, but these days much of business is data and digital driven, and with that comes a variety of security concerns. To fully protect your business, you’ll need to secure your digital door as well as your physical one, and that’s where a virtual private network, or VPN, comes in.
What is a VPN?
VPNs are an inexpensive yet powerful way to secure all aspects of your digital footprint. They can shield you from a wide variety of external threats to things such as email messages, company files, apps like Dropbox, passwords, and even the ravages of ransomware. VPNs not only protect the physical computers within the business itself, but also any external interactions with the system (such as when employees work remotely, or check email on public Wi-Fi). Virtual private networks really have become an indispensable tool which every business should be using.
How Does a VPN Work?
VPNs are all about safeguarding your data, but how do they do this? On their most basic level, VPNs assign you another IP address based on their servers, meaning that your location is masked when you are online. They encrypt data being sent through the servers, which makes it nearly impossible for people to spy on your emails, etc. With a VPN, your employees and clients can also get around geo-restrictions. For example, many countries have systems in place that block programs such as Google Mail, Skype, social media, and other apps and websites. With a VPN, you can bypass these restrictions.