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What VPNs can do for your business

VPNs let you use public networks for your business data and be confident that it's safe.  VPN stands for Virtual Private Network and there are two types:

  • Encrypted VPNs that are only about securing your data, based either on IPSec, or on Secure Socket Layer (SSL) or it's successor Transport Layer Security (TLS) – the same type of security that you get when you see https on a website

  • Routed VPNs that both secure your data and use private routes through the network to guarantee performance, based on multi-protocol label switching (MPLS) or virtual private LAN service (VPLS).

Encrypted VPNs let your employees access data on your servers from home or when travelling.  The connections are made over the normal Internet but secured by encryption.  IPSec VPNs are based on 'pre-shared key' security, the key can be manually pre-installed on the user's laptop or mobile device, or an additional secure ID token can be used, which shows a number that the user has to type into the connection interface.  SSL and TLS VPNs don't need to be set up on the laptop or mobile device in advance and can also be made more secure by using tokens.  The tokens can either be a separate small device or an app on a smartphone.

Routed VPNs provide a flexible means of interconnecting the data networks at multiple sites, without needing to install physical connections between all the sites.  These VPNs keep the data separate from the public Internet and make the connection more reliable by guaranteeing data capacity and the maximum delay and can prioritize different types of traffic.  As well as being suitable for access to data, they can be used for VoIP and for running programs on servers at a different site.

In short, its helpful to have a network security plan in place rather than wait for disaster to strike.  By developing a strategy using VPNs, you can help ensure that your business is prepared and not leaving things to chance.

4 Tips for Maintaining Your Online Privacy

Perhaps unsurprisingly for our digital era, 89% of Americans report that they are concerned with online privacy.[1]  With data leaks, hacking, and human error, keeping private information confidential can be a challenge for anyone. Fortunately, there are actions you can take to minimize the likelihood that your private data will be compromised.

  1. Be Smart About Your Passwords

Don’t use names or birthdays in your password and make them unique for each site. Make sure they are a combination of letters and numbers, and ideally, use a password manager like LastPass or KeePass.

  1. Cover Your Webcam When Not in Use

Most people are shocked to learn that their laptop webcams can be hacked. In fact, just a few months ago Cassidy Wolf, Miss Teen USA, reported that she was a victim of webcam hacking.[2] And unfortunately, your webcam can be hacked without your awareness—in many cases, the light doesn’t turn on during the hacking. So, cover it up to avoid online peeping toms.

  1. Use Startpage.com for All Your Searches

Startpage.com—which is powered by Google—is one of the only known search engines that doesn’t collect or share private data about you. Other search engines log all of your searches and your IP address, allowing them to build a comprehensive profile about your online activities.[3]

  1. Use Private Browsing Features or a VPN (Virtual Private Network)

For even more protection, consider using your browser’s privacy features. Chrome, for instance, allows you to open up an incognito window for surfing; with the incognito window, the pages that you view don’t appear in your browser’s history, nor do they leave traces like cookies. And a VPN encrypts practically everything you do on the web when it’s enabled. There are a number of free VPNs available for download.[4]

Through these simple proactive measures, you’ll experience far greater Internet privacy than you would otherwise. Additionally, you’ll have much greater protection from hackers and data leaks. 

And for businesses, if you’d like more information about how Scisbo can help your data security initiatives, we welcome you to contact us.