What is a VPN? (Virtual Private Network) | @SolutionsReview Explores

What is a VPN? (Virtual Private Network) | @SolutionsReview Explores

Hello and welcome to Solutions Review Explores
– I’m Jonathan Paula. In this special episode, we’ll take a look at VPNs – and
more specifically, how this increasingly ubiquitous technology applies to endpoint security and
business processes. A VPN, or virtual private network, is a secure
tunnel between your device and the internet; that helps protect your online traffic from
snooping, interference, and censorship. In other words, it extends the functionality
and security of your private network across public networks. Through a VPN users can send
and receive data across those shared, public networks as if their endpoints were directly
– and securely – connected to the private network. VPNs typically feature encryption
to ensure only authorized users can access an enterprise’s digital assets without fear
of interception and allowing access only after authentication. For example, VPNs allow devices on the open
WiFi of an airport or coffee shop to operate as if the user were directly connected to
an enterprise network, enjoying all of the security benefits therein. As such, this allows
businesses to extend their endpoint security and data workflows across a remote workforce
and in cloud environments. In fact, this is one of the chief reasons
VPNS were originally developed; to allow remote users and branch officers safe access to applications
and resources from anywhere on the globe. Also, integrating a VPN solution can ensure
data loss protection and endpoint monitoring even on remote machines or mobile phones in
bring-your-own-devices cultures. Adding VPNs to your business processes and strategies
enables you to scale your IT infrastructure while maintaining a consistent level of cybersecurity.
It can also add another layer to your cloud endpoint security, which is a major sore spot
for enterprises of any size. For the enterprise, there are two basic categories
of VPNs, each offering different levels of security and integration: Remote Access VPNs
and Site-to-Site VPNs. The former allows users to connect to private
networks and their services remotely, whereas the latter connects entire office networks
from remote locations. While both enterprises and consumers can benefit from Remote Access
VPNs, businesses in particular may find Site-to-Site VPNs a welcome addition to their IT infrastructure. Speaking of consumers, many VPN programs are
targeted to individuals as a privacy and security tool; one that encrypts users’ web traffic
and masks IP addresses. Although personal VPNs are sometimes used (and even marketed)
with slightly nefarious abilities like being able to bypass region-locked websites or block
an ISP from monitoring your internet traffic – they are generally favored by many security-conscious
users or companies. To that end, there are plenty of providers
available with various features and subscription prices, so if you’d like help beginning
your search, we’ve put together a list of VPN programs on our website. Please click
the link below to check out this page containing exclusive discounts and special offers on
several VPN programs. If you’d like more information on endpoint
security, click the link below to download our free comprehensive buyer’s guide – available
exclusively at SolutionsReview.com. In the meantime, click or tap the icons on screen
to watch related content, and subscribe for future videos. My name is Jonathan Paula,
thanks for watching.

Author: Kevin Mason

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