With many employees transitioning to working from home, there have been a lot of conversations about ensuring cybersecurity. Establishing a virtual private network (VPN) can be an important part of a company’s security strategy.
What is a VPN? As the name implies, a VPN establishes a private network while using a public Internet connection. VPNs mask your IP address, ensuring your online actions cannot be traced. VPN connections are encrypted, which provides more security and enhanced privacy
Why are they needed? When searching the web or utilizing an unsecured network, others can intersect private information as well as see browsing habits and use that information against you. In particular, public Wi-Fi networks are not secured so anyone can join and may be able to obtain the information you’re searching. The encryption that VPNs provide helps keep web browsing anonymous and protects online activities.
How does a VPN protect privacy? VPNs create a connection from your local network to an exit node located elsewhere, which makes it look like you’re somewhere else, even thousands of miles away. Data encrypted by VPNs becomes unreadable.
What services does a VPN provide?
What should I consider when selecting a VPN? You should note the following as caution and conduct in-depth research to ensure you get the best service available:
What is the cost of a VPN? The cost for VPNs varies. Many companies offer their VPNs for a monthly cost. Sometimes the monthly cost varies based on how many simultaneous connections you need. Be especially cautious of “free” VPNs.