Businesses nowadays have employees work as they travel, work from home, or use their own devices for work. That’s why it’s important to provide them with a secure, reliable way to connect to your IT systems. One way to achieve this is with a remote-access virtual private network (VPN). But there’s a few things to know before you advantage of this technology.
Remote-access VPNs create secure connections between networks and devices used offsite. Once connected, users of these devices can access network resources in the same way they could if that off-site device was inside your business building.
This type of VPN works by creating a tunnel between an offsite device and your business network. Even though this tunnel goes through public networks like the Internet, the data traveling through it is protected by encryption and security protocols, keeping it private and secure.
There’s two main components to this type of VPN. A network access server and VPN client software. You need to install the client onto devices used to connect to the server when out of the office. This can include smart phones, laptops, and desktops. If VPN adoption grows, VPN’s can be optimised by using purpose built equipment such as VPN concentrators.
If a Business doesn’t want to bother with setting up their own remote-access VPNs, they can use a VPN service provider. They won’t need a network access server, but they’ll still need to install VPN clients onto remote devices.
By far the biggest benefit is increased data security. Data sent through a VPN is encrypted. If hackers intercept or capture your data, they won’t be able to use it. Particularly important if remote devices are used on public Wi-Fi networks, such as café’s or airports. Typically, traffic on such networks is rarely encrypted.
Another advantage is affordability. Your initial investment is minimal, and most VPN solutions can be scaled to business or device growth. Especially when a VPN service provider is used.
Employees who work where they want when they want are often happier and more productive. Remote-access VPNs give your business peace of mind when allowing your people to work from home, the airport, or practically anywhere they have an internet connection.
Remote-access VPNs slow down a device’s internet web browsing speed.
Setting up in-house VPN solutions can be challenging if you’re unfamiliar with the technology.
Selecting a VPN service is difficult, and businesses need to be wary when choosing. It is important to thoroughly research and evaluate candidates, especially those that offer free VPN services. Fake VPN services exist, so too ones offered by hackers.
Don’t Be Put Off.
A remote-access VPN is an excellent tool for people who often work offsite, but setting one up can be intimidating. If you think your business can benefit from a VPN, contact us to help you select the best solution for your business.