Here's some food for thought to start off 2015 - how protected are you online?
If you err or aren't really sure, it's about time you review your online protection. Protecting yourself online is now the equivalent of protecting yourself day to day. Banking, data transfer, message exchange... all of that happens over the internet, and far too many people are not protected when it comes to their vital information.
Going a step further, conducting your data backups fall in the same category, because they too happen with the aid of the internet network. Besides the trusted antivirus and the (hopefully used!) firewall, there is one more step that needs to be done by those who desire maximum protection over the internet.
A trusted, fully encrypted VPN service.
VPN stands for Virtual Private Network and provides a further layer of protection whilst you conduct your business over the internet. VPN's work by using the online infrastructure while they provide the necessary privacy and security through special procedures and tunneling protocols. The data packets sent over the internet are sent down a "tunnel" and encrypted, preventing random sniffers to guess what those packets contain. More complex VPN's encrypt both the signals of the sender and the receiver, creating a complete layer of security to an already secure data transfer. VPN's mask your online identity as well, protecting you from any unwanted attention.
And when it comes to conducting your sensitive server backups, think of VPNs for a moment.
Server backups are conducted over the internet, as the data from the servers is backed up on offsite servers for protection. During the crucial phase of the server backup, protecting your data by using a VPN adds that necessary layer of security needed to ensure that nothing is leaked or hacked by outside intrusion. Conducting your server backups in complete security should be your top priority. VPN's are easy to set up and install, and even easier to use, and as such it has become a popular method to ensure a safe transfer of data over the internet.
Not to mention a VPN offers you anonymity and privacy.
So the next time you do your backups, don't forget to use a VPN first. ;)
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