In today’s virtual world, where employees are able to work remotely, a VPN is more important than ever. A VPN is a Virtual Private Network, meaning it creates a private network from a public internet connection. Companies establish VPNs to give employees access to online privacy and anonymity, while protecting important data. A VPN can establish a secure and encrypted connection for your employees, which provides more privacy than a secured Wi-Fi hotspot.
Why Does My Company Need a VPN?
If your employees are accessing company data on an unsecured Wi-Fi network, like in a coffee shop or bookstore, they are putting your sensitive data at risk. As a business owner, you should always be concerned and monitor how your employees implement their own online security with your important information. It’s pretty easy to forget when you are allowing yourself to be vulnerable to a network hack. For example, think of all the times you’ve read through emails while standing in line to order lunch, or while waiting on an appointment at the doctor’s office. Unless you’ve logged onto a Wi-Fi network that requires a password, any data transmitted during the time spent on your phone could be accessed by others. The main benefit of setting up a VPN is to protect your employees’ online activities.
How Does a VPN Work?
You may be wondering how a VPN works and we have your answers. As mentioned above, a VPN sets up a private network through a public internet connection. Without getting too technical, that process happens when a data tunnel is set up between your local network and an exit node in another location. This location could be halfway across the world, making you seem like you’re browsing in another location. VPNs also encrypt your data, which means they scramble the data to make it look unreadable to outside users. This is especially important in public spaces, where cyber criminals may try to access your internet activity.
What Specifically Does a VPN Hide?
A VPN can hide a surprisingly large amount of your online activity, like:
- Browsing data and history
- IP Address
- The devices you’re using
- Any web activity
As a business owner, it’s important to stress to your employees the importance of data protection. They may be unknowingly accessing sensitive work data in a vulnerable spot. Did you know that leaving a smartphone’s Wi-Fi enabled at all times is dangerous, because a cyber criminal could hack into your device at any time. Be sure to keep your employees aware of potential security risks, like using a public Wi-Fi network when completing company work.
RedBird Technology can help your company establish a Virtual Private Network, so you can feel good about your employees’ data safety practices. To learn more about how RedBird Technology can help your company, please contact us today. Visit our website, or give us a call at 844-845-4357.