When employees are predominantly working remotely and accessing business networks via insecure connections, VPNs can significantly reduce the risk of cyber security breaches. This blog is a companion piece to a recent video blog our New York City team produced, which you can watch here.
A virtual private network (VPN) is a great way to help ensure online privacy. Whether for business or personal use, a VPN is a great way to add an additional security layer when connecting to the internet. A VPN can be described as an encrypted tunnel between your device and a remote server. Everything that you access while being connected will stay inside that encrypted tunnel. This means that your information is secure and can’t be seen by cyber criminals, governments, or even your internet service provider.
Using a VPN is becoming more popular for personal and business use. One reason someone may use a VPN is because it disguises your online identity, also known as your IP address. A VPN redirects your internet traffic, obscuring the location of your device. This means that your real IP address will stay hidden when visiting websites. Also, all the information you access or send over the internet is encrypted, which makes the data unreadable to anyone who might intercept your internet traffic.
It is crucial to keep the information you access online private and secure. With remote work on the rise even before COVID-19, many people do not think twice before connecting to public Wi-Fi. Unfortunately, when connecting to public Wi-Fi, your data is not protected and vulnerable. The information you access while being connected to that public Wi-Fi, for example, banking and emails, can all be exposed to lurking cyber criminals. However, if you use a VPN, it prevents anyone else on that Wi-Fi network, like those cyber criminals, from snooping on your data.
A VPN is a useful tool in today’s world to help ensure that your online presence is as safe and secure as possible. Cyber criminals are always evolving, finding new exploits and new vulnerabilities to hack or compromise. It is imperative that you keep your personal data as secure as you possibly can. A VPN is a great first step toward achieving this.
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