No one wants to deal with data loss or theft, or unwanted and unwelcome intrusions into their systems because of lax security – or potentially risk a fine for being in breach of GDPR. Luckily there are quite a few ways that you can help to keep your organisation’s data secure. One of them is ensuring that you provide secure connection options for your users.
As the name suggests, consumer VPNs are largely targeted towards a single end-user. Some of the most popular providers such as NordVPN, ExpressVPN, SurfShark, TunnelBear or WindScribe have a subscription-based service, which allows for unlimited traffic for a single monthly fee.
The difference between a consumer VPN and the type of business VPN we mentioned in last week’s article is that in this case, the VPN servers are all around the globe, and they route the data on towards the intended destination, instead of being the destination itself. The benefit to this is that ALL data that is sent from that VPN-connected device is encrypted, between the sender and the VPN server. VPN servers generate massive amounts of traffic and also employ other methods of making it harder for hackers to steal data; although these kinds of services are not infallible, they can make a potentially questionable connection far more secure.
A lot of people working remotely right now are on different kinds of networks than they may be used to – and ones that potentially they may have no control over. While consumer VPNs are not really targeted at businesses directly, (except for a few which have business-centric packages – we’ll go into these in the coming weeks,) they can still be useful in this kind of situation.
Using the coffee shop example – many places now offer free Wi-Fi for patrons. This is often an unsecured network – meaning you don’t know who else is connected to it, or what devices are dealing with the traffic. If your connection to a site or service is not secure, it’s possible that anyone on that network could have access to the data you’re sending, or even access to your device itself. A VPN service drastically reduces this risk by creating a similar encrypted tunnel between your device and the VPN server to the one we mentioned last week – meaning that your information is unreadable and secured at any point between you and the VPN server.
With people working from home or home offices, many different kinds of network are being used – some of them more secure than others. Adding a consumer VPN service for someone working remotely can help by adding an extra step to maintain security – and it’s not a bad idea to use one for personal or day to day general use either – we’ll also look a little further into VPNs and privacy in future posts!
Next week we will be looking at some VPN providers with packages that are tailored specifically for businesses and teams, and what benefits they provide.