Maintaining social distancing remains one of the best weapons we have to slow the spread of the coronavirus infection. The whirlwind of technological innovations and the Internet itself provide unparalleled connections and for some corporate sectors, working from a distance is not a problem at all. In reality, both the personal and professional lives of hundreds of thousands actually continued in a well-known communication environment – the Internet.
The increasing numbers of employees operating mostly virtually in times of social distancing brought up some important issues about cybersecurity. What can we (not) do to ensure network security at home? What is a VPN and what is its role for our safety when working from home? Let’s discuss these important issues in the below paragraphs.
Virtual Private Network, known simply as VPN, is a widely used service. It’s fundamental for businesses and individuals operating with high Internet privacy demands. The VPN networks provide secure access to company data to employees who work remotely.
The idea behind VPN set-ups is to encrypt your own IP address and the data you share to keep it secure. For example, a reliable VPN network can provide your employees with direct access to operational data, resources, etc., without any local downloads, using email and/or other platforms.
Through VPN your Internet activity remains untraceable and the risk of cyberattacks is significantly minimized. In general, there are three main steps that each user should take to ensure the VPN protects all of their devices:
Working remotely does require a VPN network, since using your Home Internet or some local area networks does not invariably provide high levels of IT security. On the other hand, that is not the case in the office, where building a secure IT infrastructure is mandatory.
Remote access tools such as TeamViewer, Any Desk and their alternatives are quite “the hype” nowadays. Their undisputed convenience though is associated with high risk when it comes to corporate information protection, especially in the absence of a VPN network.
The greatest risk when using any kind of remote access systems & tools is unauthorized access to your own computer and/or that of someone else in the company. That risk increases tenfold in the absence of a VPN network. Hence, cybersecurity experts do not recommend using any remote access systems without some precautions:
Remote access softwares have integrated security codes as well. However, before you trust them implicitly, make sure that your network, files and data are fully protected.
In addition to installing a VPN, progressively more & more companies have started enjoying the benefits of centralized file management. A centralized system allows storage and access to a database, shared between several devices on a single network.
When active, the VPN provides high levels of security when accessing that centralized system from any device. Besides, when all the data is in one place, high levels of productivity come as a bonus. Active VPN networks reduce greatly operating time and minimize the risk of side information loss. Implementing VPNs brings a great deal of benefit to modern businesses of all sizes.
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