4IT Blog

4IT has been serving the Miami area since 2003, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Tip of the Week: How to Determine Which VPN is Best

Tip of the Week: How to Determine Which VPN is Best

Many computer users are afraid for their privacy--and judging by the discussions surrounding the FCC and Net Neutrality, they should be. Now that users are responsible for the privacy of their online activity, they are finding new ways to make sure that corporations aren’t taking advantage of their Internet activity--namely through the use of a Virtual Private Network, or VPN.

VPNs are nothing new for businesses. Organizations have so many moving parts that it can be overwhelming--especially in this age of mobile devices and remote access software. A VPN works by using a powerful encryption protocol that keeps data both sent to and by a device secure while it’s in transit. This keeps any onlookers from spying any sensitive information that’s sent through it. More than anything, though, it keeps data privacy the way it should be--without the Internet companies’ special interests in mind. Plus, since a VPN uses a different computer’s IP address rather than yours, you’ll have even more privacy.

You still need to carefully vet your potential VPNs, though--especially for business purposes. Here are some features to consider when looking for the best VPN for your needs.

A third-party VPN could potentially be funneling all of your data through their servers, which is why it’s so important that you know who you’re trusting with this responsibility. You don’t want your VPN to go through a company that shares your personal information with the NSA or advertising organizations. A VPN provider should pride themselves on security and privacy, so look for those that have solid reputations in both. Online reviews are quite helpful in this regard.

Logging Policy
Your Internet service provider logs your activity and tracks communications with your network. Naturally, you’d expect something a little different from a VPN provider. You’ll want one that sticks to a strict zero-logging policy that keeps your activity as private as possible.

Where is your VPN company located? Unfortunately, depending on the location, they may not have your privacy as a priority. This isn’t necessarily their fault--in fact, due to legislation, they can’t. You want to avoid companies that have to abide by the laws put into place by Five Eyes and Fourteen Eyes countries--those found in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand.

Encryption Standards
Most VPNs you find will use OpenVPN protocol, but will offer increased security features at the expense of bandwidth and speed. You can choose between SSH or SSL tunneling, depending on the needs of your organization. Just remember that you deserve the best privacy settings for your business’ important data.

A consumer-grade VPN will only suffice for your personal browsing needs, but it won’t be enough to keep your business safe. To learn more about a business-grade VPN, reach out to us at 305-278-7100.



No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Friday, 15 December 2017
If you'd like to register, please fill in the username, password and name fields.

Mobile? Grab this Article!

Qr Code

Tag Cloud

security Tip of the Week Technology Cloud Privacy Best Practices Microsoft software Internet Business Computing Hackers Backup Productivity Hosted Solutions Business Management Managed Service Provider Google Malware IT Services Business Efficiency Windows Disaster Recovery Innovation IT Support Business Continuity Hardware Workplace Tips VoIP User Tips Saving Money Computer Miscellaneous Virtualization Windows 10 Upgrade Mobile Devices Mobile Device Management Data Server Network Security Mobile Computing Alert Email Network Save Money Microsoft Office Communication Small Business communications Quick Tips Smartphone Information Technology Social Media Smartphones BYOD Going Green Mobile Office Apps Health Android Office Browser Gadgets Operating System Chrome Application Ransomware Managed IT Services Outsourced IT WiFi Holiday Mobility Firewall Avoiding Downtime Productivity Disaster Managed IT Tablet Cybersecurity Search Best Practice Data Management Cybercrime The Internet of Things Passwords Remote Computing Telephone Systems Unified Threat Management IT Solutions Spam BDR Risk Management Hacking History Remote Monitoring VPN Apple Facebook Employer-Employee Relationship Vendor Management Budget Hard Drives Automation Saving Time User Error iPhone Customer Relationship Management Law Enforcement Collaboration Phishing Password Wireless Technology Data Recovery Hosted Solution Computers Money Big Data Marketing Recovery Phone System Content Filtering Data Backup Proactive IT Office Tips Wearable Technology Work/Life Balance Lithium-ion battery Antivirus Maintenance PowerPoint Shortcut Virus Office 365 Social Vulnerability Current Events Telephony Printer Bring Your Own Device USB Analytics Encryption Gmail Router Humor Government Administration Audit HaaS Intranet Bandwidth Printer Server Business Intelligence Laptop OneNote Users Windows 8 Politics Education Social Engineering Trending Personal Information Net Neutrality Wireless Private Cloud Tech Support Unsupported Software Cloud Computing Google Drive Outlook Point of Sale IT COnsultant Save Time Data Security Computer Repair App Data Protection SaaS Cost Management Social Networking Travel Samsung Wi-Fi Emergency IT Support Artificial Intelligence Update Customer Service Efficency Applications Windows 10 Biometrics Retail Virtual Reality hacker Meetings Transportation Display Battery Instant Messaging Robot Emails Computer Care HIPAA Augmented Reality Data Storage Automobile Entertainment Paperless Office Network Congestion Benefits End of Support Computer Accessories DDoS Fax Server Help Desk Mouse Internet Exlporer Compliance Workplace Streaming Media Internet of Things Identity Theft Two-factor Authentication Managing Stress Uninterrupted Power Supply Solid State Drive Flexibility Excel Sports online currency User Cortana Surge Protector CrashOverride PDF Scalability Science Files Television IT Management Word data breach Virtual Desktop 3D Printing Presentation Best Available Legislation Safety Settings Bluetooth Text Messaging IT Technicians How To Chromecast WIndows Server 2008 Upgrades Windows Ink risk management Hard Drive ISP SharePoint Administrator Training Patch Management Consultant Google Maps Uograde Images Colocation Programming Blogging The Blindside Of Commerce Teamwork Black Market Access Busines Continuity Company Culture Regulation Touchscreen Software as a Service Networking Near Field Communication Website IT Security Cleaning Sync Data Loss Experience iOS Human Resources IT consulting OneDrive Keyboard Managed IT Service Running Cable Avoid Downtime Managed IT Services Wiring Amazon Adobe Co-managed IT Google Docs Information Music Computer Fan Reliable Computing Hiring/Firing Licensing Debate Bloatware Data storage Microsoft Excel Lifestyle Books Dark Web Ebay Smart Technology Screen Mirroring Video Games Document Management Computing File Sharing Data Breach Branding Advertising Distributed Denial of Service Legal Cast Mobile Device Windows 10s Touchpad WIndows 7 systems Nokia Managed Security Nanotechnology eWaste Storage Inbound Marketing Scam Tablets Hard Disk Drive Regulations hack Root Cause Analysis Value Twitter Employer Employee Relationship HBO NFL Worker Commute best practices Operating Sysytem Cameras Electronic Medical Records Domains IT Budget Reputation Comparison Gift Giving Microblogging Youtube Buisness Specifications Sales Managed Service Provder Conferencing Webinar Shadow IT Relocation Gifts Redundancy Webinar Credit Cards Mobile IT solutions FAQ Professional Services Tutorial Taxes IT service Supercomputer