What is a Virtual Private Network?
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) allows a user to securely connect to the business network when using a public network. The term public network covers all connections, from the free WiFi you get at cafes to your home network.
How does a VPN work?
A VPN is a private tunnel between a user and the remote network that it is connected to. When a VPN is in use, rather than sending traffic over the public network. The Virtual Private Network routes your traffic via a tunnel that encrypts your data. This service has critical advantages over using a public network.
A VPN obscures your network activity from everyone else on the public network, effectively making you invisible on the internet. Not only does a VPN improve your privacy when connected to untrusted public networks . The service also hides your IP address and location, making it challenging for cybercriminals to intercept your data.
Improved Online Safety
As a Virtual Private Network is an encrypted tunnel, they are notoriously difficult to hack. However, there has been some exciting research conducted by VPN Mentor on “can VPNs be hacked?“. This article concludes that the only way a hacker can break a Virtual Private Network is either by a known weakness in the encryption used or by stealing the encryption key.
Overall, using a VPN is the best method to ensure the integrity of your data when utilising a public network.
Why should your business use a Virtual Private Network?
Everyone always recommends using a VPN when you have users working remotely, but why? First, time and money are spent ensuring user devices are protected with the most up to date security. So unquestionably, this protects them, you may think!
However, this truly isn’t the case. For example, if a user uses a public network or works from home, these networks will undoubtedly be less secure than your office network. Using a VPN creates an encrypted tunnel over the public network from their location to the office network. Without this added layer of security, your confidential data could easily fall into the wrong hands.
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