30 Jun

6 things you need to know about virtual private networks

For people running their businesses, being able to communicate over distance can be a challenge...right?

Fortunately, you can get virtual private networks (VPN) to connect multiple sites, as well as provide employees, suppliers and partners who work at home or somewhere secure access to a private network via a remote computer. It’s a great advantage for businesses, especially those with remote users who are crucial to the business’s operations. Should you get one? This article will discuss the two types of VPNs available in the market, their costs and how their compare in terms of performance.


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6 things you need to know about virtual private networks (VPNs)


Virtual private networks explained

With the expansion from local to global logistics for a lot of businesses, companies have suddenly had to think about how to keep sometimes disparate and very remote locations connected. Said connections have to be very fast and secure, what with the top security problems that most businesses are facing right now. Leased lines over a wide area network (WAN) are one option, of course, but this can get expensive and often goes up in cost the further apart locations are.

Enter virtual private networks. Virtual private networks are private networks that use a public network (usually the Internet) to connect its remote users together so that they can communicate in real time. Instead of using something like a leased line, a "virtual" connection is sent through the Internet from the company's private network and connects with a remote site.  

It's also very secure so that no proprietary company information or other information that needs to be kept private is exposed or otherwise put at risk. Regardless, it wouldn't hurt to check for your computer's security every now and then to bolster your connectivity.


Ethernet connectivity, leased lines, SDSL/ADSL

These solutions exist today, and you can even get the bandwidth and security you need, too. Today's solutions are top-speed, very reliable and perhaps most importantly, secure. With a TLS VPN-based service, if you need to, you can route traffic economically and securely instead of having to build a dedicated private network.

You also will usually get firewall access, and you can change bandwidth options as you go so as to change your network needs instead of having to choose the most expensive option first. You have a bespoke capability and multiple service options, multiple access options and usually, 24 hour, seven days a week monitoring and help desk, all for an affordable price.


2 types of virtual private networks, explained

Remote-access VPN

The first is remote-access VPN. This type of connection is necessary when secure, encrypted but mobile connections are needed between, for example, salespeople in the field (remote users) and accompanies private network. Other remote users connect to the company's private network with a third-party service provider.


Site-to site-VPN

The second type of VPN is called a site-to-site VPN. With this, instead of having remote and sometimes mobile users connected, a company can establish permanent connections with two or more remote but intercompany sites together with a private network.

Alternatively, another type of site-to-site VPN occurs where you want intercompany connections established, such as with a particular company and a major client.


Costs of VPN

There may be two types of VPNs and a lot of company options out there, but for those considering VPNs based on cost, then a good point of comparison would be at least $8. Anything less than this value means that you are not getting exactly what requirements should be supplied with the full VPN service. Something more than this amount means that you have overpaid for these services.


Location in VPN

All VPN solutions provide an opportunity to improve your location in VPN. Essentially, you will be able to select the exact area in which you want the virtual private network to become. A good rule to compare is that you need at least five different places to change what you want. People, like me, do not even use this function, because I just need one place. This only changes a little, because most solutions provide several places in any case.


Marco Hathway

Marco is a businessman for 20 years and a father of 4 boys. He has 2 grandchildren and loves to play golf.

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