Virtual private network (VPN)
 
A VPN is an app that provides end-to-end encryption for your business device’s internet connection. This VPN encryption delivers a secured web connection to company devices, no matter where employees connect to the internet. Once your company data is encrypted, it is private and secure from fake Wi-Fi, hackers, governments, competitors and advertisers.
 
Here are several reasons why it’s a smart move for your business to start using a VPN:
 
Better Security - Even secured internet connections with firewalls and antivirus protection in place are not impervious to hackers and intrusion. A typical online connection isn’t incredibly secure or encrypted. A VPN provides end-to-end encryption of all data that has passed through it. It protects sensitive customer and client information, internal documents, internal communication and other trade secrets that a company would want to protect.
 
Safe and Secure Data Sharing - One of the most powerful uses of a business VPN is safe and secure data sharing between cohorts, colleagues and those outside the organization. Depending on the business VPN service you’re using, you will want to ensure the VPN encrypts your entire internet connection -- not just the connection to your company network. When these files are uploaded to your email, storage or any networks outside the company, they are also encrypted with a VPN. This means only the person with the right encryption key (i.e., a company employee with access to those stored files) can access, decrypt and use the data.
 
Remote Data Access - Who says that you need to take all your data with you on that company trip? If you forget your phone somewhere, your computer is stolen or you are simply sequestered at an international border, all that data can be held hostage, which is why more companies are transitioning to cloud storage. A business VPN service gives you the ability to remotely connect into a secure server that hosts the data you need to access.