Are VPN’s As Safe As They Make Out To Be?
In this age of working from anywhere, holding meetings remotely and more flexible working on offer, it’s crucial that these new ways of working can be done safely and securely.
Without a secure, trusted connection in the office, it’s more important than ever that your team can keep your business’ information private online.
One way of doing so is by using a VPN, or a Virtual Private Network.
If you’ve ever checked your bank account over an open WiFi without using a VPN, you should probably listen up.
What is a VPN?
A VPN acts a safe link or a tunnel from your device, to another device or location elsewhere in the world. It extends your usual, private network, across a public network, meaning that all of your information gets sent across a safe tunnel instead of being released onto the internet.
When working on an open network, ensuring you have a secure VPN that is working is essential when sending and receiving files. Especially confidential data.
Now you know what VPNs are, are they safe?
There is no straight answer to this because it depends.
There are three variables that alter whether or not a Virtual Private Network is safe. Before you begin using one, make sure you are clear on these three things, and ask your IT provider if you’re unsure.
1 – The VPN provider
Whichever provider you use, it’s important to do your research first – or speak to your IT provider about this. Although the information shared via a VPN is supposedly kept safe via a ‘tunnel,’ it does have to break out onto the internet at some point.
2 – Why or what you’re using a VPN for
Once you understand why you need a VPN and what you will be using one for, your IT provider will get a good understanding of which provider you need and how you should be using it. There’s a difference between having a VPN and using one!
3 – How you’re keeping your usernames and passwords safe
We know you’re probably sick of hearing us tell you to keep your confidential information safe and secure. But this matters. If you’re not sure how or where you can keep your passwords and usernames safe, again, speak to your IT provider for a solution.
VPNs are such an important part of technology, particularly in the current climate, and it’s crucial that we’re using them safely.
We are excited to announce that we’re now working alongside Privatise VPN – an affordable, reliable and easy to use service, providing audits for your team to ensure whether or not a VPN is being used correctly.
If you currently don’t have an IT provider, feel free to get in touch with our team today. Whether it’s a simple question you have on any of the points mentioned above, or perhaps you want to switch your IT providers. Whatever it is, we’re here for you!