What is a VPN?
VPN stands for Virtual Private Network, and it’s nowhere near as complicated as it sounds. Once the playground of computer nerds and exclusive large corporations, VPN’s have grown into a pretty common feature and even necessity of our internet-based lives.
VPN’s have awesome business and personal applications, from extending your corporate intranet to workers anywhere around the world to helping you retain your personal privacy in a busy information age.
How Does A VPN Work?
Instead of having all your data out in the open when you connect to the web, a VPN creates an encrypted tunnel between your device and the VPN server. By connecting to the web via that VPN server, your computer acts as if it was part of the local network. Which is super handy.
The Benefits of a VPN
Remote Access: Businesses and large corporations have been taking advantage of VPN’s for years to provide remote access for staff operating away from their network. VPN’s extend the reach of the business network allowing for staff collaboration from anywhere around the world. It’s as if they were working in the office!
Encryption: VPN’s add an additional layer of encryption when you are accessing the internet. This makes it harder for Internet Service Providers to determine what information you are sending over the net and protects you from malicious users too.
Keeps your location safe: If you’re in a country where your favourite social media site is blocked, you can log on via your VPN and still be able to access it. How? Because your VPN tells the internet provider that you’re located in a different country.
Simplify your privacy: Since the VPN is an encrypted tunnel only you and the server will know who you are and what your doing.
How do I get a VPN
For business use, you may have VPN compatibilities already but just don’t know it yet! Contact us for more information and possible solutions.
For personal use, it’s as simple as signing up with a provider. You can get free accounts and paid accounts, but we’d recommend going with a paid account. They’re not too pricey, and you’re guaranteed of a good service. A couple of popular examples are:
There you go. Happy surfing, and if you have any questions about how to stay safe online, the Smile IT team are more than happy to help out! Contact us here.