VPN or ‘Virtual Private network’ is exactly what it states – it is a private and virtual connection to your corporate network. While it is easy and comfortable to make use of free and open Wi-Fi in open spaces to access corporate resources, it is highly susceptible to different types of attacks(stealing your password might be the simplest one) VPNs enable professionals to access corporate resources in a safe and secure manner.
So, how does a VPN really work?
A VPN makes use of the existing infrastructure such as the Internet, LAN or WAN to connect to an organization. The data that is to be sent is encrypted on the sender’s end and decrypted on the receiver’s end. Encrypting makes sure none of the data that travels along the Internet is seen in public. There are three simple types of VPNs – they are the IPSec VPN, SSL VPN and the mobile VPN.
What are the advantages of using a VPN?
Disadvantages of VPN:
In spite of the advantages listed, VPNs do come with a few disadvantages. Some of them are :
So, now where can I find the best VPN services?
According to a report from techrader.com, the best VPN services are offered by:
In conclusion, acquiring a VPN for a business enterprise entirely depends on the requirements for the organization. If there are more “road warriors” than on site employees, it would be a good option to invest in one.
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Jayanthi Manikandan has an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from India and a Master’s degree in Information systems with a specialization in Information security from Detroit, MI, USA.
She has been passionate about Information security and has several years of experience writing on various technical topics. Additionally, she loves to pen a few personal thoughts here as well! 🙂