Step 5: VPN’s


VPN’s

+ 2 Resiliency Points



Requirements

Skill Level: Self or IT Admin
Cost: Free, but enterprise model pricing varies
Time: 2 Hours



What

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) gives you online privacy and anonymity by creating a private network from a public internet connection. VPNs mask your internet protocol (IP) address, so your online actions are virtually untraceable. VPNs are used to establish a secure connection between you and the internet. VPNs protect your data and privacy online and should be used when you are connecting to public Wi-Fi hotspots.



Why

VPNs focus on data integrity and security when working remotely. VPN’s use what is called a tunnel which prevents unauthorized people from eavesdropping on what you are doing on your computer. VPNs keep important documents confidential and safe and make sure you are the only one seeing your computer screen.



How

VPNs use a powerful form of encryption to keep you safe while surfing the web or working remotely. When using a VPN, your IP address is disguised, and you are virtually invisible to other users on the internet.

Below are the steps to set up a VPN for a couple of top vendors (again, the others are similar).


NordVPN


  1. Go to www.nordvpn.com
  2. Select “GetNordVPN”
  3. Choose a plan
  4. Click “Quick Connect”
  5. Get the apps on all your devices (computer, mobile phone, iPad, etc.)


Proton VPN


  1. Go to www.protonvpn.com
  2. Select “Signup”
  3. Choose a plan
  4. Click Connect
  5. Get the apps on all yourdevices (computer, mobilephone, iPad, etc.)
  6. Click “Connect”