WHAT IS A VPN AND WHY YOU MIGHT NEED ONE

Most businesses today pride themselves on having a secure network in place to protect the privacy of their company’s data.  But what about the employee’s that you have out in the field or working from home, or even working from a coffee shop or restaurant?

Enter the VPN or Virtual Private Network. A VPN is a service that is used in addition to your internet service provider and provides privacy to people who are not physically connected to your network. A VPN allows you to connect to the internet from a remote location without your privacy and confidential information being put at risk. So to say, a VPN creates a secure, encrypted connection, which can be thought of as a tunnel, between your computer and a server operated by the VPN service. This allows you to access the world wide web in a way that even hackers don’t know what you are up to.

You may ask, “Why do I need a VPN?” and the answer is simple. By adding a VPN, a business can extend all its intranet's resources to employees working from remote offices or their homes. If you have anyone that has access to your company’s data whose device is not hardwired into you network, then you risk the possibility that someone will gain access to your confidential information such as credit cards, passwords, and e-mails. In today’s world; especially with the high rate of ransomware, it is essential to protect yourself from digital threats. Threats that can affect not only your bottom line, but your customers as well.

If you are a small to medium sized business there is a possibility that you have a server or a router that already has the capability to provide a VPN, so you can add this service with no additional cost to you. If you do not, then you can purchase equipment that allows you this capability instead of having to pay a monthly subscription for a VPN that is located over-seas and would probably slow down your productivity.

At iTology, we pride ourselves on making sure our clients are secure from outside threats; no matter where they want to conduct business from. If you would like to answer the question “Does my business need a VPN?”, call us today!

Cory Carson