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Secure VPN Connections in the New Age of Remote Work

With the increase of remote workers in recent years, the need for secure VPN connections has never been greater. But setting up and maintaining VPNs for your team can be a daunting task. This blog post will discuss the importance of VPNs and how Total Networx can help you navigate and manage the complexities of securing your remote workforce.

The Basics: What is a VPN Connection?

A VPN, or Virtual Private Network, is a private network that extends across a public network or the Internet, providing secure connectivity between two endpoints. VPNs are used to provide secure access to remote resources and can be used to bypass geo-restrictions. When you connect to a VPN, your traffic is encrypted, ensuring your data is protected from eavesdroppers.

How does a VPN differ from a Firewall?

A firewall is a network security system that controls your network’s incoming and outgoing traffic. A VPN, on the other hand, encrypts your traffic and routes it through a secure tunnel to another network or device. VPNs can be used in conjunction with firewalls to provide an additional layer of security.

Why Do I Need a VPN?

There are many reasons why you might need a VPN. Perhaps you have employees working from home who need to access sensitive data outside the office. Or maybe you need to connect to your company network while traveling. In either case, a VPN can provide the security and flexibility you need.

Remote working can expose your data and systems to various security risks. Using a VPN can mitigate these risks and keep your data safe. A VPN encrypts your traffic, making it difficult for hackers to intercept your data. Additionally, a VPN can provide access to resources that would otherwise be unavailable due to geo-restrictions.

Cloud VPN, Hosted VPN, VPNaaS – What’s the Difference?

There are many different types of VPNs, each with advantages and disadvantages.

Cloud VPNs are typically less expensive to set up and maintain than on-premises VPNs. They are also more scalable, making it easy to add or remove users as needed. However, cloud VPNs can be less reliable than on-premises VPNs, and they may not offer the same level of security.

Hosted VPNs are an excellent middle ground between cloud and on-premises VPNs. They are more reliable than cloud VPNs and usually offer better security. However, they can be more expensive to set up and maintain.

VPN as a Service (VPNaaS) is a managed service that takes care of all the complexities of setting up and maintaining a VPN infrastructure. This includes deploying, configuring, and managing VPN clients.

Consumer vs. Business VPNs

While VPNs are now commonly used at home, consumer-grade VPNs are not always suitable for businesses. Business VPNs offer more robust features, better security, and greater customization options, making them a far better choice for most organizations.

Aren’t VPN Connections Easy To Set Up Now?

Yes and no. While many products on the market make it easy to set up VPN connections, managing a fleet of VPNs can be a complex and time-consuming task. Your VPN clients will need to be configured for multiple devices and internet sources, and you’ll need to keep an eye on bandwidth usage and performance.

VPN as a Service (VPNaaS) takes the guesswork and complexity out of managing VPNs for your business. Your VPN managed service provider works with you to assess your needs and designs a custom solution that fits your budget. VPNaaS experts will deploy and manage your VPN infrastructure, ensuring it is always up and running and protecting sensitive data.

Do VPNs work when connected to a guest or public wi-fi?

Most VPNs will work when connected to a guest or public wi-fi, but it’s essential to use a reputable provider that can tailor your VPN to your specific use. When working with a VPN managed service provider (VPNaaS), you’ll always have their knowledge base to tap into to ensure the security of your data no matter where or how it is being accessed.

Total Networx – Your Partner in Secure Connectivity

At Total Networx, we understand the challenges of managing a remote workforce. That’s why we offer a comprehensive VPNaaS solution that can be tailored to your specific business needs. Our solutions are easy to use and scalable, so you can add or remove users as needed. And our 24/7 support team is always available to help you troubleshoot any issues that may arise.

To learn more about our Total Networx Business VPN solutions, contact us today at 952-400-6500 or email us at info@totalnetworx.com. We’ll be happy to discuss your specific needs and provide a custom quote.