Over the past decade, the world of business has changed beyond all recognition, with technology and innovation breaking us free from wired networks, messy desks and expensive offices. The VPN (virtual private network) is at the heart of this, powering a 24/7 communication revolution – offering freedom and flexibility, while improving productivity.
Using relatively simple but secure encryption, a VPN enables a remote user (with access to data), to interact with a network from wherever they are.
The ability to work at home is one of the main benefits of a VPN, with recent articles in the Harvard Business Review and Forbes highlighting the productivity benefits of turning your home into an office. While it might not be right for Yahoo, in the UK, at least, more than four million people are currently working from home.
From avoiding the dreaded commute, to the ability to work around existing commitments, the trust shown – and risks taken – by investing in a VPN are more than returned by the increased productivity of your employees.
VPNs can also save your business money, with many reducing office square footage. When such august organisations as the Home Office are doing so, perhaps you should be too.
On the road, again
As our economy emerges from recession, the need to travel for business is reaching record levels. In the interconnected technology sector, the ability to work on the road (in the hotel, on the train or increasingly in the air) is essential.
A VPN can ensure travel time isn’t dead time, enabling your staff to stay in touch and stay productive. It’s also much safer than sharing documents and information through webmail, cloud services or over unsecured WiFi networks.
As the world moves toward mobile, there are large productivity gains to be had from investing in a mobile VPN. Due to the inherent frailties in conventional VPN solutions like PPTP, IPsec and SSL, you’ll need to invest in a different solution –but the rewards in doing so are evident.
The instant network access and secure information exchange made available through the current generation of discrete and ergonomic devices effectively puts the office in your pocket, with all the resultant benefits.
The robust and reliable mobile network provides a much greater coverage than proprietary WiFi networks – offering access to email and systems in the palm of your hand. This can keep you in contact and productive in situations where it’s impractical or impossible to use a laptop.
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