A Virtual Private Network (VPN) isn’t just a tool to access your US streaming services while backpacking through Europe. It’s a way to access your network without fear of being hacked securely. Today, most people will have to work while on the road or vacation. Having a VPN will allow you to securely access your business network and your data despite being in a faraway location.
How does a VPN work?
A VPN is a way to connect all of your devices to one secure network that you have set up in the main office or headquarters. The VPN will make it possible for anyone who is working remotely to work with the same protections. It will allow you and your employees to access all your sensitive data and important files without compromising the security.
The VPN is like a virtual cable that securely connects you to your main network. It will give you all the same security protections as your main network. Even if someone does manage to infiltrate your connection, all the information that is passing via the VPN is going to be heavily encrypted so that hackers won’t be able to decipher any of your data. A VPN has both security measures to prevent access, as well as encryption features to give you an extra level of security.
Also, 90% of hackers use encryptions to hide their tracks when they go on their next phishing or ransomware expedition. Doesn’t that tell you something? That maybe you should be using encryption to hide your activity, data, proprietary information, banking information, or that secret folder full of cat photos from cybercriminal?
Sometimes we are forced to use a public Wi-Fi connection, one that we don’t trust. Using a VPN is going to protect your network and your data while using an unsecured public Wi-Fi connection.
True cybercrime statistics
As our dependence on the internet grows, so does the number of cybercrimes. If you think you aren’t at risk, think again. Here are some terrifying cybercrime statistics:
- 45% of businesses were the victim of cybercrime in the last 12 months.
- 780,000 records were lost every day in 2017.
- 30% of phishing emails are opened.
- Malicious Microsoft office-like file formats (.doc and .xls)are the most commonly used to trick people into opening an attachment.
- Average ransomware demand is $1,077 and it’s going up.
- The more people who pay their ransom, the more enticing ransomware attacks will be for cybercriminals. You’d think that due to heavy competition would mean lower prices, but that’s not the case when it comes to ransomware attacks. The more ransomware attacks, the higher the ransom demands. Cybercriminals are greedy; they’ll always want more.
Choosing a VPN service
There are many VPNs on the market, right now. Choosing the right one depends on your needs and your business. For the most secure VPN, look for a service that has high encryption and security protocols, and won’t log your activity. A VPN service that owns their servers will also have a more secure network.
OnePointSync provides complete IT solutions for small and mid-sized businesses in Denver. Talk to an IT expert about the best VPN and other tools to secure your data, no matter where in the world you are accessing your network.