What is a VPN and why are they useful?
You might have heard of VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) before, but what is a VPN, and why are they useful?
Unless you use a VPN service yourself you may be unfamiliar. We’re here to clear the confusion.
Another bonus of VPNs is that they allow anonymity online.
A common example of this is the Tor anonymous project. If you want to bypass state censorship, this is particularly useful. More commonly, Tor is used by those that don’t want internet activity monitored by advertisers, ISPs, or anyone else.
It also allows people to access the Dark Web. It’s debatable whether that’s a good thing or not.
If you’re working from home and need to access your work network then a VPN is an easy, secure way to do so. Just as though they are plugged in directly, VPNs create a secure link between your remote workers and business network.
What are the issues with VPNs?
We’ve looked at the pros of using VPNs, but what are the drawbacks?
Your VPN connection speeds can suffer if your own internet connection isn’t super speedy. This is because every packet of data is encrypted. When trying to stream videos or play games online, this can be a problem.
Think again if you plan to use a VPN service to watch international versions of Netflix. As VPN usage is being clamped-down, your usage may be blocked. The important thing to remember: using VPNs is legal, but hiding behind a VPN to perform illegal activities isn’t.
Business use of VPNs
If you want to utilise VPN connections for your business, then we can help. We’ll review your requirements for free.
Whatever you need help with, simply contact us or speak to an advisor on 0208 232 1190.