Using a Virtual Private Network to boost your cyber security​

2020 has seen many of us working from home, which means many people are using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) for the first time. Let’s look at what they do and see how you can make sure you’re keeping your security in check.

VPNs in a nutshell

Using a VPN allows you to securely access a company network and resources from a remote location. The idea is to prevent your data from being intercepted by anyone, making VPNs ideal for working from home.

How to make sure your VPN is as secure as possible​

Just like any network, there are still a few things you should be aware of to make sure your VPN is working best for you.

Keep up-to-date with updates

Like other systems, VPNs can still be vulnerable to security issues. Therefore, it’s essential to get on board with new updates as soon as they’re released.

Be careful with your VPN login details

Hackers can try to target VPN login details through phishing and other scams – learn how to stay safe online and spot scams.

Do your research when looking for a provider​

Always check the legitimacy and reputation of a VPN provider and product before you purchase or use it. Not all VPNs are trustworthy – unfortunately hackers can advertise fake ones in an attempt to steal your personal details.

Set up multi-factor authentication​

This means that you need to have an additional point of login, which provides another level of security when logging in.

If you’re a business owner

Train your staff and team members in security​

Make sure the people in your organisation are aware of the importance of cyber security, and are able to recognise and report suspicious activity, including phishing.

Set up measures at your workplace to optimise the VPN experience for your team​

This might mean reconfiguring technical infrastructure to optimise the performance of VPNs connecting to your corporate network.

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