Most VPN services fail to provide a level of data protection and anonymity that would pass professional-level muster. Part 3 of our VPN miniseries shows how confusion about this 20+ years old technology and its complexities has added new risks and threats.
In the first two posts, we focused on the “online privacy” promise of VPN, and on how misconceptions about VPN impact IT security and productivity in the enterprise in general.
In this post, we’ll address the most common misunderstandings about VPN and their ramifications one by one.
A VPN service creates a secure connection (often described as a “tunnel”) between two computers, say between an executive’s laptop at home or on the road and a company server.
This can provide protection, for example when going online via public WiFi networks or consumer-grade home broadband connections. Many services encrypt much of the data transmitted from point to point within the VPN. Others - and that’s the bad news