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The Guide to VPN Security

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The Guide to VPN Security

Understand your VPN needs.

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Cyberattacks are evolving in huge numbers lately, and they have become sophisticated too. Organizations need to keep themselves secured from these overwhelming cyberattacks by employing themselves with cybersecurity best practices. When we speak about best practices, accessing sensitive documents and information via a private network is always a preferred means of accessing a network remotely. 

In this article, we'll understand the objective of a VPN and how they can be vital to your organization's cybersecurity.  

What Is a VPN?

Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a private network that will allow you to access the corporate information from a remote location — for example from your home. This is more like an intranet network that you have in some organizations, but the internet version of it. 

A VPN does offer complete privacy by encrypting the information that is being transmitted through it; this begins with the process of establishing a VPN connection with the parent server, followed by tunneling and then finally transmitting data. This process is more like relocating to your office without even moving from your actual location.  

The Need for a VPN 

A VPN will secure the communications and data that is being transmitted from your device or browsers from hackers. Accessing corporate information from public places, such as coffee shops, airports, or restaurants could allow hackers to eavesdrop, perform Man-in-the-middle and Waterhole attacks, or perform any other malicious activity.  

With a VPN, the above-mentioned attacks could be completely avoided. Setting up a VPN will keep your communications encrypted, and only the real sender and receiver could decrypt the information, which brings in a lot of security, while accessing the corporate information from public networks. Do keep in mind that a  VPN can't make you escape cookies and web trackers. For avoiding these two, you can use the incognito mode in your browser and use trackers blocking extensions or applications.  

VPNs are also used for personal surfing — for example, to watch a series that's only available in a different country, access and download torrent files, perform banking transaction in websites that are only available in a different location, download a game that has been released in a different country, and more. A VPN will make you anonymous, but it doesn't make you invisible, so your government can actually become suspicious of your activity if the browsing has breached the actual threshold, so it's good to keep a low profile. 

How to Choose the Right VPN Provider

Choosing the right VPN providers for your network could depend on a number of factors; however, the following list is the primary set of factors to look for before making your choice. 

Security 

Of course, the prime concern is security, and most VPN providers must have priced their offerings based on the level of security that is being provided. Evaluating all the VPN offerings in the market could be extensive, but reading through expert reviews and user reviews in IT forums and community should make this easy.  

Access to logs

VPN providers without logs could give you better anonymity than the ones that retain your browsing history and other internet activities. Choosing a vendor without logs should be optimum for better anonymity.  

Presence of servers 

Having a server in that targeted geographical location for tunneling and continuous streaming purposes should be of great assistance. Making sure your VPN providers do have servers in the targeted geography is another valid point to look at. 

IP address distribution 

VPN providers should assign the same IP address to multiple users across geography, which actually increases the anonymity and reduces the chances of tracking back to you. 

Speed

With a larger number of servers, your speed of browsing could be optimum. Look for VPN providers that have a reasonable amount of servers for your targeted locations.

IP Leak Analysis 

Check this page on the web that will allow you to check if there is any IP leak for your assigned IP address. If you can track your current location even with the VPN ON, then it states your VPN isn't robust enough; you'll need to look for other options in the market.  

Performance and Interface

The performance of your VPN like crashes, quality of service, speed and error-free browsing, along with the user interface that will make things ease for your day-to-day activities contribute to deciding your VPN provider.  

A VPN is used for multiple reasons, with corporate it's for digital marketing analysis and content syndication for their target markets and for personal use it is for accessing the denied services like torrenting, Geo-based series, games, and more. You can also read the reviews for top best VPN providers for torrenting in the market, analyze those reviews and decide your VPN accordingly. 

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vpn ,network security ,secuirty ,logs ,ip address distribution ,ip leak analaysis

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