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How to Improve Security While Working Remotely

By: Alec Hider

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As offices become more decentralized, it will become increasingly difficult to keep data and devices secure form digital threats. Once a certain device is infected with Malware, it could affect the entire network. Using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) will assist in keeping servers secure and accessible while working remotely with company devices since 63% of company data is accessed from outside the primary network.

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A VPN is created by establishing a virtual point-to-point connection. Usually, this is done with physical firewalls, but for mobile users who are not always in the same location. This can be done through a VPN software client installed on a laptop. In either case, this VPN connection once it is established, enables a computer to send and receive data across public networks, as they are directly connected to the private network.

There are many advantages to using a VPN, the first being the enhanced security a remote connection brings to a network. It enables the user to encrypt connections from hackers, which reduces breaches occurring within a company’s server. Employees will have a safe link back to their primary server when working remotely with company devices. Having this private network also creates the peace of mind for business owners of knowing virtual connections made back to headquarters are secure.

Another significant advantage of having a VPN is increasing productivity for small businesses. It keeps workers from returning to the office to access private company information. They may securely share data with other employees of the organization who are also working remotely and connected to the network via the VPN.

Finally, utilizing a VPN can save money. Since maintenance costs for a VPN network are very low, it provides a cost-effective method for increasing digital security to ensure owners can focus on growing their businesses instead of worrying about online threats. Also, keep in mind that prices for services such as airlines, streaming, and subscriptions vary depending on location.

VPN’s are among the most straightforward methods of keeping information secure with an increasing percentage of employees working remotely with company devices. Since the bad guys are very, very tricky these days, using a VPN secures a computer’s Internet connection to guarantee files someone is sending or receiving are encrypted.

The main disadvantage of VPN’s is the decrease in network speed that results from having to establish a separate connection. Check with your Internet Service Provider to discover if your current router and equipment can support the addition of a VPN to existing company servers.

Want to learn more about a Virtual Private Network’s and how you can improve security while working remotely. At Total Computer Solutions, our staff has several years of experience working with VPN’s. TCS can guide you in the right direction, just fill out our form here give us a call at (336) 804-8449.

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