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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 Everywhere
It seems almost too obvious to state, but best practices are like that: If a device doesn't have a VPN client installed, it won't be protected by a VPN. If you want to protect all of your network communications, install VPNs on all your devices.
Most IT teams understand that laptop computers that leave the office should have a VPN installed, but does that understanding extend to desktop computers? If they're using Wi-Fi for their network connections, then they should definitely have a VPN in place. And so should the devices that connect via cellular network.
It's true that it's illegal to eavesdrop on a cellular connection. It's also true that cellular networks are encrypted. But neither mean it's impossible to hack a cellular connection. VPN clients are available for every smartphone platform, so use them. Make it a policy to have a VPN on every network interface, and it will simplify the decision-making process for where it should be installed.
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VPN Everywhere

It seems almost too obvious to state, but best practices are like that: If a device doesn't have a VPN client installed, it won't be protected by a VPN. If you want to protect all of your network communications, install VPNs on all your devices.

Most IT teams understand that laptop computers that leave the office should have a VPN installed, but does that understanding extend to desktop computers? If they're using Wi-Fi for their network connections, then they should definitely have a VPN in place. And so should the devices that connect via cellular network.

It's true that it's illegal to eavesdrop on a cellular connection. It's also true that cellular networks are encrypted. But neither mean it's impossible to hack a cellular connection. VPN clients are available for every smartphone platform, so use them. Make it a policy to have a VPN on every network interface, and it will simplify the decision-making process for where it should be installed.

(Image: Evgeny Adobe Stock )

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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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3/16/2019 | 8:52:46 AM
Re: VPN on your router
Great tips. Thank you very much!

 

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2/27/2019 | 9:49:54 AM
Re: VPN on your router
VeePN definitely has an option for routers
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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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