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In times of crisis, keep your company connected with a VPN.

With COVID-19 spreading across the world, governments scrambled to prevent further casualties. The clearest way to do this was by eliminating any unnecessary contact with other individuals. So, those who could worked from home did. However, this proved challenging for some SMEs and there have been adverse effects on day-to-day operations. Given the monumental shift in working conditions, this was expected and yet, it was preventable. How you might ask? Well, for one thing they should have had a virtual private network (VPN) in place.

 

In such an unprecedented situation, a VPN is essential.

VPN services establish secure and encrypted connections – even when using a public network. At its most basic, a VPN allows networks to be linked together – even when the users are not in the same country. With it in place, your employees can remotely access important network resources. Such an ability is vitally important – especially in the face of a pandemic when working from home is the only choice.

 

However, this in itself can be an issue. Who can get into your servers? Are they accounted for? Of course! Informed SMEs utilise something known as Access Control. It’s one of the most fundamental security practices VPNs employ and is crucial for protecting your business. This allows administrators to specify who has network access and what can be accessed on their cloud resources. This way you can restrict access to sensitive information – such as your client’s passwords or banking details.

 

Offices may never be the same.

At Verstech, we use a range of technologies to create VPNs, like IPSec. However, our favoured approach is OpenVPN technology. As its OpenSource, it’s a commercially viable solution for our clients that works in almost every situation.

 

All our VPN services come with Requirements Analysis and Project Management as standard. Better yet, our team always plan for your future. We understand there’s always a potential growth factor for businesses. So don’t worry about us implementing a solution that won’t allow you to expand when the world gets back to normal.

 

Why do you need a VPN?

Without a VPN in place, you might well be surfing the web on an unsecured network. If that’s the case then you may as well be surfing off the coast of Australia with a tuna steak stapled to your board. Basically, you do this without a VPN and your online actions on a public platform will attract unwanted attention. How often have you been on the go and checked your emails on a shared network? If someone else is using the same public network as you – at a doctor’s office, for example – then buckle up. Unless you were logged into a private Wi-Fi network that required a password, any data transmitted is vulnerable to snoopers. You could be exposing your private information and browsing habits. Which would make it much easier for your movements to be tracked and your sensitive details hacked. Here’s what a VPN can do for you:

 

Mask your browsing history

Whether you like it or not, your actions are tracked online. Your internet provider and web browser will most certainly have a log of your search history. Web browsers can even track your search history and tie that information to your IP address. Some internet providers have even been known to sell your browsing history too. It’s not nice but it’s a fact of life. However, a VPN can help hide a lot of this information that could put you at risk. Otherwise, you may as well get on a soapbox and proclaim you’re viewing habits. Why? Because if not, everyone else is privy to your history. You might get off lightly and see a variety of targeted ads head your way – or you might have your bank details stolen. Worse yet, you could leave your client’s sensitive information vulnerable and out in the open – especially if you’re using a public network.

 

Protect your IP address and location

Your IP address is your online postcode or number plate. If an unscrupulous party gets hold of this they can access where you’ve been online and track where you physically were when you searched it. However, a VPN will mask your IP address with a proxy – allowing you to maintain your privacy online. It’ll also protect you against having your search history gathered, viewed or sold. Yet, with this in mind, your search history can still be viewed . . . if you’re using a public computer provided by your employer, school or other organisation. Which isn’t so much Big Brother but more Mum and Dad checking up on you to see that you’re doing your homework.

 

Secure access to resources

A VPN allows users to access the internet as though they were connected to a private network. They use encryption to create secure connections over an unsecured internet infrastructure. Just think of the World Wide Web as the Wild West and VPNs as the Lone Ranger. They let your users freely traverse the wild WWW whilst keeping the bad guys at bay. They’re also a great way of protecting corporate data. Given their “ranger credentials,” a VPN manages access control and protects users as they interact with apps and web services.

 

Shield your devices and web activity

Quite simply, a VPN helps protect your devices. Devices can be prime targets for cybercriminals and a VPN will prevent these shadowy figures from tracking your every move. A VPN also shields your internet service provider from seeing your browsing history too. So, whether you’re using a computer, tablet or even a fridge (yes, it’s a thing!) a VPN can help protect your devices from prying eyes and internet spies (but not French fries).

 

Get in touch with the team to ask about our VPN services.

Based in the coastal town of Poole, our team offer a range of services tailored to you and your business. We work with businesses throughout the UK to provide our clients with a professional service.

Want to learn more about our awesome VPN services? Give us a call on 01202 237374 and speak to one of our friendly experts today! You can also use the contact form below.

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