Before you can fully understand all of the advantages of a VPN, or Virtual Private Network, you should know exactly what a Virtual Private Network is. The VPN is a network along the lines of what you would imagine in an office setting. Networks used in this way are a series of computers linked together through either a cable or wireless connection using a central computer or “hub”. A Virtual Private Network is similar except its users are connected to the internet and can be located anywhere in the world. This is possible by internet signals routed through one of the following setups: cable or 3G; WiFi; or HDSPA (used through a telecom like Sprint). Users can access this type of network from either laptop, desktop, or a mobile connection.
Other important benefits that businesses will find in using a VPN will include the following:
Viability – using a VPN has become increasingly viable since the advance of broadband technology as well as the decreasing cost; making this a cost-effective alternative to the old problem of creating a flexible long-distance solution via dial-up connections.
Cost-Effectiveness – costs are reduced as public infrastructures are maintained by the internet service providers rather than the business thereby avoiding a further maintenance fee for servers or other hardware.
Efficiency – the efficiency of these networks can be found in the cost savings as compared to leasing long-distance phone lines or outsourcing support. The efficiency advantage of a VPN comes by using the existing architecture of a public ISP thus making the cost of that service the only cost of the network.
Flexibility – using a VPN allows for greater access to the networking solution as well as flexible expansion possibilities as opposed to installing a new line of communication. Businesses require only access to the internet and licensed software to gain the advantages of using a VPN.
Security and Privacy – keeping privacy and security online is not an easy task, and VPN can immensely help you in that regard. In a way, security should always be the top priority for business users. With VPN all your online business activities will be encrypted, and your work files and online research papers secured from competitors, hackers, and other online data predators.
In an overview, the use of VPN’s can offer business a cheaper, more effective and scalable solution. And with the almost daily improvement in internet availability, both efficiency and flexibility make this line of communication a good value.