VPN or virtual private network is typically used to provide employees remote access to a secure company network. An example would be an employee who needs to access the company’s computer programs or applications, or files that are only within the company’s server.
If your company had a VPN connection installed in the company’s system, and also in your own laptop or desktop, you can get through your company’s secure network and access all the files you need, and acquire them without risking somebody else viewing the sensitive data. With a VPN connection, users or employees will have access to files, printers, and external drives located in the office, without even going personally there.
Aside from the above uses, VPN can also mask the IP address of individual computers, making users surf the web anonymously, or access websites that are restricted only to one geographic location, such as TV online channels (NBC, ABC, and HULU) that can only be accessed within the United States. VPN finds a way around these restrictions, helping you be American anywhere in the world.
How Do I Get a VPN Connection?
Normally, there is no problem with the set-up process if the VPN connection is for company use. Owners hire professional to do that kind of stuff. However, for personal use, you have to do the setting-up yourself.
Prices of VPN connection begins at $5 a month, such a small amount to pay for the protection that VPN can give you. You can choose from a long list of providers on the web. Once you sign up, you will be sent an email instructing you how to install the VPN in your computer.
Factors to Consider When Choosing a Provider
Before you choose a provider, know first what you will mainly use your VPN connection for. Would you be using it to access restricted channels? Are you going to use it for your small business where you have remote employees, or you need it for downloading torrents? You have to determine first your reason, to match it with the right provider.
When choosing a provider, check if they have trial periods. That way, you will be able to ‘test the waters before going in’. You can check if the speed is okay, if the privacy you need is provided, or whether the service/connection is reliable or not. When you feel satisfied after the trial period, you can sign up for a paid service, because you already know the type of service the VPN provider can give you.
Aside from the things I mentioned above, a good VPN provider should have a great support system. In case you encounter any problems, it’s good to know that you can call someone anytime to help your solve issues.