A Beginner’s Guide to Business VPNs in 2020

Michael Gargiulo
Feb 4 · 3 min read
Business man delivering a VPN.
Business man delivering a VPN.
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Every day businesses share sensitive data that can fall into the hands of hackers and cybercriminals if it isn’t protected. According to Accenture, 14% of small businesses are not prepared to defend themselves against a cyberattack.

A VPN can help keep your company’s private information safe. When your Internet connection is secure, your business has a defense against cyberattacks and unwanted data collection.

In 2020, having a business VPN is one of the best ways to increase the security of your day-to-day operations. While many people use VPNs to remove geo-restrictions on streaming content, these services also have strong security features that can protect your network.

Today we will examine what a business VPN does, and why you should use one in 2020.

What Does a Business VPN Do?

A business VPN reroutes the location of your IP address through an encrypted virtual tunnel. When you mask the location of your IP address, you set up a barrier that is difficult to access without proper authorization.

Use a VPN in 2020 to heighten the security of your business servers. It’s important to be able to protect your data and confidential projects, especially when employees are traveling or working from home.

Why Should I Use a Business VPN?

Encrypt Your Data

A business VPN allows you to secure your data through the use of encryption keys. Algorithms create “unique and unpredictable” encryption keys and the longer the key combination, the harder it is to break. Encryption can be used to protect internal files, business emails, or client information.

Transfer Information Securely via Public WiFi Networks

Public WiFi connections are vulnerable to hackers who wish to distribute malware or access your business information. A hacker will position himself between you and the connection point and directly route your data to themselves. Anything you send while connected to public WiFi (business credit card information, documents or project renderings) is in jeopardy of being shared without a VPN.

How Do I Choose the Right Business VPN?

How Big is Your Team?

Decide how many people will need to access the VPN you set up at any given time. If you have a company with more than 1,000 employees, choose a service that can manage larger teams. Make sure that you have an IT department that can handle any technical issues that might arise.

Some VPNs offer weekend and live chat support, services that may be important if you don’t have a dedicated team to resolve network problems.

Does the VPN Company Log Information?

Logging is the process of recording the incoming and outgoing information that passes through a VPN server. While many companies practice a no-log policy, this is something you should closely examine when you choose a business VPN in 2020.

Providers in certain countries are required by law to keep records of the information that goes through their network. Logging rules and regulations vary depending on where the company is based. Be sure to use a network that is not interested in keeping your information or selling your data to advertisers.

Are There Bandwidth Limitations?

The amount of data that you need to transfer will determine which business VPN is right for you. Some VPN companies limit the amount of bandwidth that you are allowed to use each month. If your business uploads or downloads large files regularly, be sure to use a VPN company that doesn’t have bandwidth restrictions. Some VPNs also offer unlimited bandwidth packages.

Wrapping Up

A VPN is an important addition to the security of your business in 2020. Keep important projects and sensitive data out of the hands of hackers and network snoops.

Cyberattacks and hacking are becoming more common. Without the necessary precautions in place, you’re putting your business at risk. Take your cybersecurity seriously and use a business VPN in 2020. Choose a network that can manage your entire team and that also makes an effort not to collect the information you pass through its servers.

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