Stop Working from Coffee Shops (Without a VPN Connection)

by | Jun 5, 2019

As a backup provider, Rewind understands the value of keeping your data secure as it is the backbone of your business operations. Taking steps to ensure your data is safe while using the Internet is also extremely important! Using a Virtual Personal Network (VPN) can provide that peace of mind that your data is protected from outsiders looking in.

What is a VPN?

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) allows you to use the Internet securely by directing your connection through a server, hiding your data and online activity.

Ok that’s great, but how does it work?

How Does a VPN Work?

When you use VPN software, it encrypts your data before the Internet Service Provider (ISP) or anyone looking in, sees it. The Internet Provider will, in turn, see your data as coming from the VPN server and its location, rather than your computer and its location. Without a VPN, your data is in the open, and anyone with deep technical knowledge of data communications or devious hackers could be able to view your activity and data.

Why do I need to use a VPN?

Let’s talk about some benefits of having a VPN:

    • Security: Your data is encrypted, in the case that someone gets ahold of your data and online activity, they will see encrypted data, not raw data.
    • Privacy: The site will see the VPN server as the destination of traffic; this will make it extremely difficult to identify your computer as the source and protect your identity from tracking. For example, advertisers will not be able to track and monitor your activity.
    • Accessibility: Many clients and companies have a restriction on where specific applications can be accessed. A VPN can provide peace of mind about the security of clients data and your own – giving you the freedom to work remotely. Also, some content may be restricted depending on the region you are in. A VPN allows you to set your location and browse content freely while travelling.

That sounds great! When would I need a VPN connection?

Security While Working on Public Networks

Maybe your favourite place to get work done is at a local cafe. The delicious coffee and calm aroma create a welcoming and safe work environment. As wonderful as this is, it doesn’t provide your data with the same safety. Working on an Internet network provided by a cafe, hotel, or any public network, is similar to your data walking around a public place where everyone can see it. Your clients’ info on QuickBooks Online, store themes, blog posts, email lists, banking information, EVERYTHING, walking around the street for everyone to see. This paints an unsettling picture for data security and a risk that you do not want to be taking when it comes to business-critical data.

Having a VPN blocks anyone using the same Internet network (even the person managing it) from seeing what you are doing, including the data you are working with.

Protection From Home Internet Service Providers (ISP)

The biggest security threat that professionals will face when working at home is their ISP.

The US Congress has made it legal for ISPs to sell data about users and online activity to anyone interested. The data is anonymous, but still very concerning to users. Additionally, studies have shown that Canadian Internet providers are not transparent with users about the information they are sharing with third-party users.

With a VPN the ISP, or in an unlikely case a hacker, will have a near impossible time trying to correlate the encrypted data and online traffic to your computer.

How Do I Choose a VPN?

Now that you’ve got the basics down, it’s time to research which VPN will work best for you. Once you’ve done that, then go ahead and download a VPN for your device and BOOM💥 you’re off to securing your data! It’s that simple.

There are five factors you should be taking into consideration when evaluating which VPN is right for you:

  1. Safety and Security – The most important factor when looking for a VPN. Investigate the VPN security encryption and privacy policy terms and conditions.
  2. Speed – Look for a VPN that will improve your internet connection so you aren’t waiting for apps or webpages to load.
  3. Compatibility – You want your data to be secured not only on your laptop but also on your phone! Ensure that the VPN can be used across all your devices.
  4. Accessibility – A VPN that only works in a limited geographical area is useless. Make sure the VPN is available in the regions that you are travelling to.
  5. Customer Support – Setting up a VPN is not always easy, especially if you aren’t familiar with its technology. Talking to a support team that is responsive and informative is always helpful!

Here are some VPNs we recommend you take a look at:

  • TunnelBear – extremely user-friendly, compatible with all devices and great pricing options!
  • Hotspot Shield – offers fast internet speeds, WiFi security, malware protection, and is compatible on all devices.
  • NordVPN – offers military-grade encrypt that encrypts your data twice to ensure maximum data security.

The security of your business-critical data is not something you want to be gambling. Having a VPN on your work devices ensures that your data will not be compromised by outsiders looking in.

Next Step: Have a Backup Plan

Want to take one more step towards securing your data? Having a backup with Rewind creates peace of mind that your data is secure in the case of small mistakes or big disasters. You might have the wrong impression of exactly how that data is backed up on your business-critical apps like Shopify, BigCommerce, Quickbooks Online, Klaviyo.

Take that next step towards ultimate data security and email team@rewind.io

Megan Smith
Megan Smith
Megan Smith is a digital marketer with a passion for working with businesses to define their brand and create marketing strategies to achieve their goals.