Over the past year, more of your employees might have begun to work remotely. This can be a great solution not only to pandemic concerns, but many other situations such as work-life balance and school closures. However, remote work does present a new challenge to internet security.
One of those challenges involves the use of work devices (phone, tablet, or laptop) to browse the internet. When your employees use unsecured networks away from the office, everything stored on that device is potentially vulnerable to outside threats. Private data and important passwords could fall into the wrong hands when using public networks, or even a less secure home network.
A VPN, or virtual private network, provides a workable solution to this problem. When using a VPN, the device is veiled as though it is actually in a different location. Internet users often use a VPN to access content that is restricted by geographic location, to keep themselves untraceable on the internet, and even to hide activity from the government. That sounds a bit nefarious (and could be, potentially) but certain other qualities of a VPN can be useful from a business standpoint.
When using a VPN, all data sent over the network is scrambled so that no one intercepting it can decipher it. Yes, this can help you maintain privacy online, but it’s also a great way to protect sensitive data that is sent or received for work purposes. This also means that when you enter passwords to critical accounts, like a bank account or cloud system, no one can snatch that password and use it for dishonest purposes.
Overall, a VPN provides a higher level of security for those who work remotely, especially if they sometimes use less secure networks. Of course, a VPN is just one aspect of a sound, multi-faceted internet security protocol. Call us at 888-RING-MY-TECH to discuss your security plan, and we can help you decide which additional measures can keep your data safe.