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Are you trying to create a secure and stable connection for data sharing between business locations? Here’s what you need to know to get started.
Sharing information between office locations can be a chore, especially when you need to be sure that everything is completely secure and confidential. One way that offices work through this challenge is to create a VPN, or a virtual private network, which allows your organization to directly communicate without traffic passing through the public internet. The added level of encryption offered by a VPN is very attractive to businesses in the healthcare or financial sectors, where security and data compliance are extremely important. Here are the details you need to understand a VPN and how it can work for your business.
A virtual private network is generally used by businesses that need end-to-end encryption for their internet connection. While this is often used between multiple locations, it also allows remote employees to connect securely to information that is part of your corporate infrastructure. A VPN app reduces the possibility that your information could be reached by hackers, competitors, governments and even advertisers. A VPN service is used to disguise the information that you’re sharing on the network, such as the IP address and physical location of your computers. The advanced encryption is used to send your information through a virtual tunnel, privately allowing you to communicate and share information securely across a private corner of the web.
Understanding exactly how VPNs works best with an analogy, and the Forbes team does a great job explaining the concept in layman’s terms. At it’s most basic, VPNs remove all outward-facing metadata from your information and standardize it so everything appears to be coming from your VPN server. That information is then sent through the public web, but anyone discovering that information would find it next to impossible to track it back to your organization. Instead, all they would find are the details of your VPN server — not very helpful when trying to tie together disparate pieces of data, business documents or other traffic across business applications. All of the activity of computers on your VPN is completely masked to the public, allowing them to surf and be active on the internet without fear of hijacking.
Not all businesses need a VPN, but they are used extensively by organizations with remote employees or those who travel a great deal because they provide an added level of security when you’re on the road. It can be difficult to fully secure mobile devices or laptops that are connecting to the internet in some sketchy ways — such as through the WiFi at a coffee shop. Hackers have no trouble getting into the non-secure WiFi available at your local eatery or hotel, but adding a VPN to the mix makes it much more difficult for someone to hijack your information. If you’re working between various locations, regularly sharing information between onsite and offsite staff members or vendors that needs to be secured — chances are good that your business could benefit from a VPN.
Whether you are pulling in your first site or adding multiple sites to your business network, there are levels of complexity and security that need to be addressed to reduce the risk for your organization and ensure the best possible experience for your users. Contact the professionals at Clearpath IT Solutions, LLC today at 309-263-5600 or fill out our quick online form to speak with one of our specialists. See why we are Peoria’s most trusted computer services company, specializing in providing exceptional support to organizations of all sizes.