VPNs are must-have security tools for small business owners and their employees
Data Privacy Day will be celebrated across the globe on Sunday. This is a great time to emphasize the role our channel partners and business customers play in ensuring that employees can work safely, securely and privately online.
This is even more critical today as data security has become one of the biggest and most challenging issues for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). Complicating this, many small businesses depend on distributed or mobile workforces where employees often work remotely from home or locations on the road. In these situations, accessing unsecured or public Wi-Fi becomes more common and may introduce even more risk for businesses and IT service providers.
Earlier this month, we asked small business owners and employees about Wi-Fi security and breaches and found nearly 90% were concerned and almost half told us they were very worried. Industry statistics and research also show that a high percentage of people believe their information is safe when using public Wi-Fi.
We know that is not always the case and this is where a Virtual Private Network (VPN) service can offer peace of mind and protection against cyberattacks for remote workers, road warriors or anyone working outside the walls of their corporate office. A VPN service enables you to work safely online, from any location, by establishing a secure, encrypted connection between you and a remote VPN server. This connection ensures that your IP address is masked and the data is encrypted—preventing anyone from seeing any sites or data you access online.
At Avast, we offer SecureLine VPN as a standalone solution for both consumers and businesses. Last year, we made SecureLine VPN available as part of our new Antivirus Pro Plus solution for business users. Now businesses can immediately benefit from a strong VPN service with access to critical data, device and data security features. For our channel partners, Antivirus Pro Plus is also integrated into Avast Business Managed Workplace and CloudCare.
PC Magazine recently recognized our SecureLine VPN feature in Avast Business Antivirus Pro Plus, noting it was a ‘handy extra,” and praised Pro Plus for its additional features, “ . . . what sets [Pro Plus] apart are its peripheral features. Besides providing an effective antivirus, anti-malware, and browser-protection capabilities, it also adds a virtual private network (VPN) service, sandbox browser and data shredder.”
Our SecureLine VPN offers these key features and benefits:
While a strong VPN service provides a great defense when accessing unfamiliar WiFi connections, SMBs should also keep the tips below in mind when working online:
For small businesses, VPN is a key security tool against cybercrime and data breaches, ensuring security and privacy online. To view all of the features of Avast Business Antivirus Pro Plus, visit our web page or sign up for a free trial here.
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