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VPNS – Where Are They Now?

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A VPN, which stands for Virtual Private Network, is a private network that encrypts and transmits data while it travels from one place to another on the internet. Using a VPN to connect to the internet allows users to surf the website privately and securely as well as have access to restricted websites. This makes it more difficult for third parties to track your activities online and steal confidential information. Also, VPNs aren’t just for desktops and laptops. They can also be set up on your smartphone or tablet. Originally, VPNs were introduced to access remotely on a secure and encrypted internet connection so employees who work from home could access important documents. Today, VPNs are very popular, but not for the reasons they were originally created. A VPN connection allows you to browse the internet using a computer’s internet connection. So if the server is in a different country, it will appear as if you are coming from that country, and you can potentially access things that you couldn’t normally. These days, many people are using a VPN for video downloading or bypassing geographic restrictions to watch content in a different country. Whether you are a casual browser or work for a company, your information should be encrypted to ensure it is safe. Here are some benefits of using a VPN.

1. Remote Access – A VPN is an actual network, so anyone can access it remotely. This is a great resource for businesses because it allows employees to work from home rather than always in the office.

2. Increased Security – A VPN allows you to create a more secure connection to another network over the Internet. It can prevent web browsers and others from accessing your connection, helping to keep the information you send and receive more secure.

3. Access Restricted Websites – Some VPNs can access geo-blocked content such as Netflix and other providers.  A VPN can change your IP address to make a content provider think you’re browsing in another location or region that allows access.

4, Protected File Sharing – With a VPN,  you can share files over extended periods without having to worry about the data being stolen or exposed.

Even though there are many advantages for using VPNs, in recent years they have lost some of its popularity due to their disadvantages and also technological advancements. One of the main disadvantages is the speed. A VPN reroutes and encrypts your internet connection, which may slightly lessen your internet speed. Many users can find this frustrating, especially if they are watching videos or streaming.  Nowadays, especially with everything going on around the world and millions of people working from home, VPNs are becoming less used because of the speed. There are too many people working from home, and this decreases the speed of using a VPN. Another disadvantage is the cost. VPNs can be very expensive because of the cost that comes with implementing, support and securing them. Gartner predicts that by 2023, 60% of enterprises will phase out most of their VPNs in favour of zero-trust network access. The VPN technology has not really changed in the last 20 years and with everything going on in the world recently, many companies have switched fully to remote work. VPNs struggle with scalability. It can take time and money to get the appliances and bandwidth needed to support them. This is why many organizations have accelerated their digital transformation plans for the next few years which may include alternatives to the VPN technology.