This is Part 1 of a 2-part series on VPNs. In this first article, we talk about the benefits of adding a VPN to your IT arsenal.

 

VPNs, or virtual private networks, have been growing in popularity for years, and with good reason. When most people think about a VPN, they think that they are used for things such as accessing Netflix shows from other countries, accessing blocked sites, and keeping their Internet activity private. While VPNs can certainly do all of those things, they also can provide a number of major benefits to businesses of all types.

In this first of a two-part series of articles on VPNs, we invite you to take some time to learn about the many benefits of a VPN for your company. In Part 2 of this series, we will talk about how to choose the right one for your business. If you need personalized help with setting up and managing your VPN, make sure to get in touch with GSDSolutions to take advantage of our data security solutions.

 

Improved Online Security

The biggest benefit to using a VPN for your business is that you will dramatically improve your overall online security immediately. Setting up a VPN is not difficult, and they are very inexpensive even when using them for an entire company. Using a VPN has many security benefits. One of the most significant is full end-to-end encryption of all your data. This means even if an Internet connection is compromised, nobody can access the actual information being transmitted because it would be encrypted. This includes all network traffic, including any passwords and sensitive information you might enter.  VPNs also mask your IP address, which could otherwise be used to determine your location. In addition, the best VPNs have built-in protection against cyberattacks. This gives you additional protection from malicious sites which may try to install malware and trackers onto your device without you knowing. They may also block ads and pop-ups, providing further protection.

 

Safely Accessing Sensitive Data from Public Networks

Millions of employees take their laptops or tablets with them to get work done while at the coffee shop, airport, or any number of other locations. While this is convenient, it usually means accessing the Internet through a public network, which is not safe at all. With a VPN, however, the data can be sent through the open network without the risk of being compromised. This gives you all the advantage of using Wi-Fi connectivity while on the go, without the added risks. This is why a simple VPN is one of the best data security solutions you can add.

 

Ideal for Employees Working from Home

Today more than ever before, people are working from home. Whether you have staff working remotely full time, or you follow a hybrid schedule, make sure that your systems are protected from often-insecure home Internet connections. Requiring your employees to access company systems through a VPN will help to make things much safer.

In addition, by requiring all work-related traffic to process through the VPN,  you will be able to manage what types of activity they can perform while they are supposed to be working. This will allow you to ensure your team is focused on work-related tasks by blocking time-wasting sites like social media, Netflix, and more. Creating a virtual private network that your employees use from home will help to give you many of the same abilities that they would have while they are in the office.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of this series on how to select the right VPN for your business!

 

Need Help?

If you would like some help getting a VPN set up, GSDSolutions is here to support you. We provide IT support in Mountain View and throughout the greater Bay Area and Central Valley for small to mid-sized companies looking to optimize their use of technology.

Give us a call, at (650) 282-7695, send us an email at info@GSDSolutions.io, or click the button below and fill out the contact form today to set up a free, no-obligation consultation and let us know how we can assist!

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