VPN and What you Need to Know

 

Over the past few months we have discussed cyber attacks such as WannaCry, Krack, and many others. We have also discussed the need to protect your data, from client information, right down to your personal credit card numbers you use to shop online. One of the solutions we often mention to protect your sensitive data is to use a VPN or Virtual Private Network. Let’s take a closer look at this and how it can be used to help you and your business.

 

A VPN, or Virtual Private Network, is a service that allows you or your business to connect to the internet via a server run by a VPN provider. All data traveling between your computer, phone, or tablet, and this “VPN server” is securely encrypted. This type of “secure tunnel” between two or more devices protects private web traffic from snooping, interference, and censorship, or other cyber crimes.

 

Top VPN Uses

  • Hide your IP address and location as well as your private identity. Anyone monitoring your internet activity from the internet will only be able to trace it back to the VPN server not to your IP location.
  • Encrypt your communications. Even if a hacker somehow manages to intercept your data, for example by tricking you into connecting to an “evil twin” hotspot or packet-sniffing your WiFi data, the data is safe because it is encrypted.
  • Watch, read or view your favorite content privately. Your ISP can only see that you are connected to the VPN server.

Main Reasons Why You Need One

  • To protect & secure your WiFi connection
  • To avoid censorship
  • To encrypt your data

For more information or help securing your data call M&H Consulting at 1-(866)-964-8324 or visit our website at http://www.mhconsults.com

Advantages of a VPN

Brian Gilman

As security becomes an increasing concern in today’s IT business environment, an office is faced with many options as to how to address this potential problem. Many companies would benefit from a virtual private network (VPN) connection. A VPN gives users the ability to share files over a network, access mapped network drives when away from the office, share remote printers, enhanced security and the ability to remotely connect to their work machine (RDP).

A VPN connection sets up a “tunnel” between your main office and the current office you are working out of. For example if you are home for the weekend but want to work on files that may be located in your office, a VPN lets you “tunnel” into your office network. Once connected you can access files that are mapped over a shared
drive, run programs that use files off of another computer or a server, and print remotely so that your documents are ready on Monday morning.

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When you remotely connect into your machine through a VPN connection you get the feel as though you are sitting right in front of your machine. You can control the cursor remotely as well as the keyboard. This can be very advantageous in a case where you are that employee that is always on the go. If you leave a document open on your work computer, you can then access it remotely and finish it from your home or from your laptop if you are on vacation.

A VPN could be your next step to advancing your company’s network. It can give you peace of mind so that you are not always worried about keeping all your documents on a flash drive. If you are interested in setting up a VPN connection, please call M&H Consulting at 866-9MH-TECH or support@mhconsults.com.

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