VPNs are a critical building block in protecting sensitive data and communications during the new normal of working from home.
Typically, when you try to access a website or service on the internet, you start by connecting to your internet service provider (ISP). They redirect you to any websites (or other online resources) that you wish to visit. All your internet traffic passes through your ISP’s servers, which means they can see and log everything you do online. They may even hand your browsing history over to advertisers, government agencies, and other third parties. Unprotected traffic is also vulnerable to cybercriminals.
A VPN secures data traffic with robust encryption, so that no unauthorized third parties can access your personal or company’s sensitive information. So you can safely share information between offices and cut the risk of data breaches, malware, and ransomware. A VPN also allows your remote workers to securely access necessary information on the go and from home.
VPN services provide an additional layer of security, which (in simplified terms) provides the following:
- Hiding the user’s IP address
- Encrypting data transfers in transit
- Masking the user’s location
Most larger organizations already have a VPN service in place and should check they have sufficient seats to provide this protection across their employee base. Smaller enterprises may need to appoint a VPN provider.
There are many different VPN platforms available for organizations and individuals who need to protect their data and networks, especially now with a majority of employees working from home and outside / on the edge of their corporate network infrastructure.
The platform we use and recommend is NordVPN, one of the highest rated and most widely deployed VPN solutions available in the market. It is remarkably easy to use and offers fast and stable VPN connections from anywhere, thanks to thousands of fast VPN servers worldwide.
NordVPN works for all devices and gadgets, including PC, laptop, phone, tablet and router. It provides a secure connection that protects data from cybercriminals with AES 256-bit encryption. And an automatic kill switch prevents your devices from accessing the web, should a VPN connection accidentally drop.
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