May 24, 2018


Virtual Private Networks: Should you be using one?

A VPN or Virtual Private Network allows you to create an encrypted connection to another network over the Internet.  Many of you are familiar with them and use a VPN to connect back to your institution’s network for remote access.  While this is one reason to use a VPN, it’s far from the only reason to use one.  In today’s environments, eaves-dropping, public wi-fi, and location tracking (just to name a few) pose significant issues that often result in unwanted privacy invasions or data theft.

One method to help prevent this is the use of a VPN.  In very simple terms, a VPN connects your PC, smartphone, or tablet to another network somewhere on the internet and allows you to browse the internet using that networks internet connection.

You may already be familiar with a VPN by using it to connect back to your corporate network.  But, have you considered using one on your phone?  On your personal laptop?  Have you thought about all the eavesdropping that takes place on a hotel’s public wi-fi?  If the answer is no, now is the time to consider utilizing a VPN not only for traveling, but every day usage.

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