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What is a VPN? And Why You Need One for Business Travel

When you travel for business, secure your computer with a VPN

If you’re traveling for business, are you confident your business computer is protected? We don’t need to preach the importance of cyber security; it’s obvious. As a business traveler, it is especially important that you and your work are protected from all the internet ninjas looking to steal your goodies. You wouldn’t want to catch a virus or have someone access what you are sending and receiving, right? Exactly. Try explaining to your boss that you got hacked and someone got access to private company information. Or better yet, just get a VPN.

What the Heck is a VPN?

A VPN can help protect your business computer when you travel

A VPN, or virtual private network, is a powerful service that lets you connect to the internet using a special server that is connected to a VPN provider (for our recommendation on the best VPN, see below). Your VPN will securely encrypt all of your data that travels between its server and your phone, computer, or tablet.

Why Should I Use a VPN?

Ensure your computer's privacy when you travel on business

Having a VPN is especially important if you find yourself frequently working out of a plane, Starbucks, restaurants, or an Uber—in other words, working on the go.

Common Objections

  • Yeah, yeah–I already have anti-virus installed. I’m good
  • I only use Apple products (lifts eyebrow and adjusts glasses), everyone knows Apple products don’t get viruses

Yes, an anti-virus is absolutely necessary—it protects you from viruses and Trojans that come from harmful websites. A VPN, on the other hand, encrypts and secures your data across the internet by building an “encrypted tunnel” that no one else can access or intercept.

We are not suggesting you get a VPN instead of antivirus software, we recommend you install both.

What Does a VPN Give Me?

In short: added protection and peace of mind. Does peace of mind have a price? Here’s a quick breakdown of what you get with a VPN:

  • You can have stress-free P2P downloading
  • You can protect yourself against hacking wizards when you’re using public WiFi (i.e. Starbucks, the library, restaurants, hotels, planes, etc)
  • You can elude censorship (from your company, your ISP, aliens, the Russians, or the your good ‘ole government)
  • You have way more privacy because your VPN hides your internet activity from your ISP (now no one will know about your abnormally large Nickelback collection)
  • Unlimited streaming

Recommendation (and Takeaways)

Drum roll, please. Ok nevermind, my boss is looking at me. We know you have options, but we recommend PureVPN. You’ll get unlimited streaming, internet freedom (that probably doesn’t truly exist, but this is as close as you can get), and added privacy. The cool thing is that PureVPN is also compatible with multiple gaming consoles as well as Smart TV, Kodi, Amazon Fire, Chromecast, routers, computers and other smart devices.

Final takeaway: we know that you know that your internet privacy is important, especially for all that sensitive information you have on your work computer. As mentioned, these days antivirus software is not enough to protect you. You need to pack more of a punch. VPN packages start as low $3 a month (when you pay upfront for a year). Pair your VPN with a computer lock and you’re set.

What are you waiting for?

Author: Alfredo Lopez

 

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