Chapter 6: Everything Small Businesses Must Know About VPN’s

Everything Small Businesses Must Know About VPN’s

Operating a business in today’s technological age requires having an internet connection and a digital presence. Companies like Zeta Sky build private networks for internal use, and they are usually protected by firewalls designed to block unauthorized access. So that the network and data stored and transmitted inside are better protected, security professionals highly recommend using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) when remotely accessing these networks.

Zeta Sky integrates enterprise software and protocols leveraging Citrix and AWS (Amazon Web Services) to add additional layers of protection.

The VPN Explained

A VPN refers to a group of computers linked together via a public network such as the internet. Normally when you connect to the internet, your digital footprint is monitored and recorded by your internet service provider, or potential cyber hackers.

The VPN basically provides a higher level of security by encrypting your personal data, including passwords, messages, and financial transactions, meaning all your online activities are anonymous and hidden from prying eyes.

Why should small businesses invest in a VPN?

Using a VPN, or technology such as Citrix allows your employees to safely access company resources, including printers, apps, and files from any place with an internet connection…SECURELY. You also have the option of securing your home network with a VPN, especially if you will access your data from a remote location.

VPNs can also bypass regional restrictions or geoblocking if you are not in your country, safeguard your online privacy by encrypting your data during transmission over unsecured networks, and connect a number of networks together.

Where can I get a VPN?

Service providers like Zeta Sky offer VPNs for clients who don’t have time or the resources to set up their own networks. Some companies offer a free tier that shows advertisements while you are connected to them. But while this free connection is secure, the vendor may track your activities to determine what kinds of ads to show you. Free versions might even have a data cap, with a limit of 500MB to 1GB.

To avoid the data limits and intrusive advertisements, it is a good idea to invest in a premium VPN service for your business. After selecting a provider, carefully go through the terms of service and privacy policy, and have their representatives list down their connection protocols for the best compatibility with your company’s system. If they collect data from you or log your online activities, switch to a different provider immediately.

Advantages and disadvantages of using a VPN

As stated above, one of the pros of utilizing a VPN is a secure connection between computers across distances. This is a good strategy for businesses to allow their remote staff and employees to safely access corporate files and apps, although it may not be for everyone. The following advantages and disadvantages will help you decide whether or not using a VPN is for you:

Pros

  • Lets employees link to remote offices via local high-speed internet connections
  • Lower operational costs compared with conventional WANs (Wide Area Networks)
  • Authentication and encryption protocols ensure a high level of security

Cons

  • The QoS (Quality of Service) can be affected by the network’s limitation and performance
  • The vendor or client has little control over the VPN since it relies on the ISP (Internet Service Provider)

The bottom line is that VPNs are best for safeguarding communications between distributed users. Whether you operate a small business with several employees or work independently, VPNs offer a cost-effective alternative to the traditional WAN.

Zeta Sky provides top-notch cybersecurity solutions that ensure the availability, confidentiality and integrity of your data every time. If you want to know more about us and what we do, give us a call today!

Aside from investing in firewalls and antimalware programs, your company should also spend on cybersecurity training for your staff. Learn the best ways to improve your employees’ cybersecurity knowledge from IT experts.

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