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Application Security

2/22/2019
12:30 PM

6 Tips for Getting the Most from Your VPN

VPNs are critical for information security. But simply having these cozy security tunnels in the toolkit isn't enough to keep an organization's data safe.
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VPN All the Time
Installing a VPN client on each device is step one in protecting network connections. Actually logging into the VPN is the critical next step that too many employees ignore. VPNs aren't magical talismans; they must actually be running in order to encrypt communications.
In many organizations, employees get into a habit of starting the VPN client only when they're out of the office or when they're working with known-sensitive information. In other cases, it's far too easy for an individual to be working without an active VPN when checking email or browsing the Web. A request might come in asking for company-confidential data, and the employee will need to take 'just a minute' to move sensitive data. In that minute, the person forgets to launch the VPN client, and sensitive data is moved without being encrypted. Hackers love that situation.
Through practice and policy, employees should be required to use a VPN whenever their computer or device is in use. Yes, it takes 30 - 90 seconds to launch the VPN client and authenticate the connection. And many employees feel that the time to do this takes away from their 'real' work. It's critical for the organization to create an atmosphere that teaches security as part of work, rather than something that has to be done instead of, or in addition to, work.
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VPN All the Time

Installing a VPN client on each device is step one in protecting network connections. Actually logging into the VPN is the critical next step that too many employees ignore. VPNs aren't magical talismans; they must actually be running in order to encrypt communications.

In many organizations, employees get into a habit of starting the VPN client only when they're out of the office or when they're working with known-sensitive information. In other cases, it's far too easy for an individual to be working without an active VPN when checking email or browsing the Web. A request might come in asking for company-confidential data, and the employee will need to take "just a minute" to move sensitive data. In that minute, the person forgets to launch the VPN client, and sensitive data is moved without being encrypted. Hackers love that situation.

Through practice and policy, employees should be required to use a VPN whenever their computer or device is in use. Yes, it takes 30 - 90 seconds to launch the VPN client and authenticate the connection. And many employees feel that the time to do this takes away from their "real" work. It's critical for the organization to create an atmosphere that teaches security as part of work, rather than something that has to be done instead of, or in addition to, work.

(Image: fontriel Adobe Stock )

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Mtony
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2/22/2019 | 7:57:32 PM
VPN on your router
Legit, I think the best thing you can do is install a VPN on your router. I know from experience that ExpressVPN has their own router apps, I think Nord may also.
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2/27/2019 | 9:49:54 AM
Re: VPN on your router
VeePN definitely has an option for routers
TerazTVSeriale
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3/16/2019 | 8:52:46 AM
Re: VPN on your router
Great tips. Thank you very much!

 

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nikan70
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3/18/2019 | 3:15:56 AM
Re: VPN on your router
Love what you're doing here guys, keep it up!
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