How useful is a VPN?

A VPN is an arrangement whereby a secure, apparently private network is achieved using encryption over a public network, typically the internet.

What does a VPN do?

Generally a VPN allows connection to a server/service through a secure connection as its encrypted. Ensuring that the data sent has a layer of protection and cannot be accessed outside of the user using the VPN. Allowing multiple ways to access a service securely adds more adaptability and security.

VPN in the workplace

VPN connection remotely to in house servers is generally one of the most secure practices you can implement for remote access to the company. This means that the person accessing isnt risking the company or putting data in as much data as a general line in.

Personal use

There is a lot of advertisements around personal VPN use for mobile and home security it does allow encryption. However most websites have padlocks on their search bar this means the data being sent is already protected meaning that the VPN does little else. However watching other countries streaming services is something a VPN enables allowing you to get access to things unavailable where you are.

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Alex Cunningham
Alex Cunningham
Alex is an information governance graduate, his main role is to support clients on how to help mitigate information security risks. Having recently graduated with a degree in Cyber Security with a focus on user-based security issues and risks. Alex enjoys playing video games, watching movies and going outside to visit new places with his dog Ruby.
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