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This is why you should use a VPN at work

You don’t want hackers breaking into your device and using it as the access point to your company’s networks. At the same time, you’d probably also be happier if your bosses couldn’t track and limit your every move while working. Is there a compromise for security and privacy? Yes: it’s called a VPN. Here’s why you need it.

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This is why you should use a VPN at work

Do you need a VPN at work?

To put it simply, yes, definitely. Your work environment is the place where you’re most likely to handle sensitive data while connected to the internet. Cybercriminals know that every employee is a potential gateway into the rest of the company: if your device is compromised, it could be used to launch attacks against your coworkers. A VPN is a simple solution.

Beyond corporate security: reasons to use a VPN at work

1. Bypass web filtering imposed by your company

While we don’t encourage procrastination and slacking, sometimes it is healthy to get your mind off work by watching a funny video or scrolling through Facebook. But some employers might think otherwise, and impose web filtering in their internal security systems. This will block all potentially distracting websites.

However, you can bypass all this filtering with a VPN at work. Companies usually blacklist their IP addresses for certain websites, so that they can’t open. But a VPN server can change your IP address and encrypt your traffic. In this case, a restricted website won’t be blocked and you will be able to access its content.

2. Protect your online privacy from snoopers

VPN is an excellent tool to stay safe from prying eyes. No matter who it is — a hacker, your internet provider, a snoopy boss, or some third party — you don’t want someone looking over your shoulder when you’re online.

While your work may have a corporate VPN connection, your employer might still know what you do by having remote access to your work device or using monitoring tools. However, you can install a VPN on your own device, avoid such monitoring and stay safe at the same time. You can also use it on your work device, but it may not protect you from some local monitoring tools.

If you use NordVPN, you can even connect to an obfuscated server, which will hide the fact that you’re using a VPN in the first place.

3. Protect your device if you use BYOD

If you use your own device at work, you can avoid relying on a corporate VPN and have your own independent protection. The BYOD (“Bring Your Own Device”) policy is getting more and more popular, so using a VPN will ensure that your private information and your company’s data stays safe at all times.

4. Access your files from anywhere

If you travel for business or if you’re operating remotely, you may find yourself working abroad sometimes. The problem is that web services you use may not be available where you are. A country can block some web services for geopolitical or censorship purposes. If you’re working from another country, a VPN can help you three key ways:

  1. A VPN will let you bypass location-based restrictions by hiding your IP address.
  2. The VPN encryption will protect you and your company from hackers who often prey on tourists using unsecured connections.
  3. If your company’s security systems only allow access from within your home country, you can just pick a server there and bypass the block.

5. Feel safe while working remotely

Changing your workplace is a healthy thing. Sitting in a nice café, sipping a coffee, and doing your stuff is a treat every professional enjoys from time to time. However, most public places use unsafe public Wi-Fi connections: the perfect hunting ground for hackers.

But a VPN can protect your remote work, encrypt your traffic, and ensure that no one can snoop you. When you connect to Wi-Fi with a VPN, you already have protection in place, so you don’t need to worry about the security of a specific hotspot.

NordVPN also has the Threat Protection feature that can useful in securing your remote work. It helps you identify malware-ridden files, stops you from landing on malicious websites, and blocks trackers and intrusive ads on the spot. NordVPN also comes with Meshnet, a feature that lets you remotely access other devices through encrypted tunnels, allowing you to work safely from home.

6. Avoid bandwidth throttling

Sometimes your internet service provider (ISP) will slow down your internet speed for certain activities to save bandwidth across their network. They usually do this for:

  • large downloads;
  • streaming activities;
  • video calls;
  • online gaming.

But with VPN you can hide your activity, so your ISP won’t be able to see what you do online. If they can’t see what you’re doing, they can’t slow your internet down when you’re in a conference call. NordVPN also offers the superfast NordLynx protocol, so you can be sure that you will always have the fastest VPN experience.

Online security starts with a click.

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Why VPN is useful for your businesses

Here are a few reasons why VPN is a must for your business:

1. Protect your business communications

Whatever business you run, it will probably involve handling confidential or sensitive information. But when this data travels across the web unprotected, it’s an easy catch for hackers and cybercriminals. A VPN will make sure your business data stays safe, avoiding embarrassing and costly breaches.

2. Protect your staff while working remotely

Nowadays, you may have staff scattered all over the globe. A VPN helps to ensure that they all stay safe. You can create a corporate VPN network to which all employees can safely connect. This can also act as an authentication system for centralized company systems, databases, or other services where sensitive information is stored.

3. Protect all your networks at once

Instead of installing a VPN app on every device in your office, you can just install it on your router and protect your whole network at once. This is a simple and instantaneous security solution as employees return to the office after home-working.

If you run a business, check our B2B oriented NordLayer app. It will provide you with great functionality to make your work safer and smoother.

Online security starts with a click.

Stay safe with the world’s leading VPN

Paulius Ilevičius
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