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How to Get a VPN Connection

Especially for small businesses with remote employees, setting up a virtual private network (VPN) connection can protect your sensitive communications against cyber-security threats.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Decide if a VPN is right for your business Decide if a VPN is right for your business. A dedicated phone line may be preferable if you have less than five employees who don't work remotely.
  • Step 2: Try a web-based VPN provider free trial Sign up for a web-based VPN provider free evaluation to see if a virtual private network is right for your business communications.
  • TIP: Ask your internet service provider if they offer a VPN connection as an added service.
  • Step 3: Contact a VPN design/construction consultant Contact a VPN design/construction consultant to tailor a security strategy for your business and advise on VPN hardware and software compatibility.
  • TIP: VPN design/construction consultant services can be expensive. Ask if they're Microsoft- or Cisco-certified partners so you can be sure you're getting your money's worth.
  • Step 4: Choose a managed VPN service Choose a managed VPN service that configures and installs software and equipment, and has 24-hour support for remote worker access.
  • Step 5: Consider adding firewall protection Consider adding firewall protection to the VPN connection. Make sure that the managed VPN provider will install the firewall. Rest easy with all the added security.
  • FACT: Launched by the Pentagon in 1969, ARPANET was the world's first operational computer network and the forerunner of the internet.

You Will Need

  • Internet access
  • VPN design/construction consultant
  • Managed VPN account
  • VPN hardware and/or software

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