Do you access cloud-based company data from your home network through a home-grade modem/router/gateway device? What is protecting your data as you upload and download documents and applications from the internet? If you don’t have a VPN installed on your computer…you have no encryption of data for internet communications and thus, nothing is protecting the transmission. You are at the sole mercy of whatever antivirus solution you have, which usually only fights the virus or attack, once it’s made it inside your home network. While you should have both, Antivirus and VPN, having only Antivirus will not encrypt and mask your data across the internet.
What does a VPN do to protect the transmission?
As you might have guessed, VPNs encrypt (and also encapsulate) traffic. This means, they turn your transmitted documents and information into unreadable bits of data using virtually uncrackable encryption methods. While vulnerabilities are found every day in software, keeping your VPN software up to date is also vital. The graphic below illustrates having a VPN in your home-based network.
From the graphic, you see the VPN goes with you across the internet where your connection is now encrypted and if intercepted by an attacker at all, the data is unreadable.
Does your company utilize VPNs for you to connect from your remote PC to the company’s cloud-based storage and applications? If not, contact AG Grace to learn more about how your company’s internet connections can be protected from cyber infiltration!