What Type of VPN is Best for My Small Business?

Posted by Sabrina Sturm Mon, 01 Jul 2013 08:37:00 GMT

Even in an office of 20 or less employees, a VPN is necessary for secure connectivity anytime, anywhere.  However, many small businesses don’t have an extensive IT department to make decisions regarding network security and remote access. By reviewing the basic types of VPNs and their features, a small business can easily decide which type of VPN is best for their needs. 

A Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) VPN makes use of a web browser’s security capabilities to secure private network traffic. SSL VPNs are versatile and easy to use as they do not require the installation of specialized client software on the end user’s computer. This allows users to access solely specific application and services and is ideal for small business that want to provide, e.g., access to Web applications, Windows Terminal Servers and its applications or internal network connections. 

An Internet Protocol Security (IPSec) VPN is generally more suitable for static or long-term connections, e.g., for tying a branch office to the headquarter. Reasons lie in the fact that most IPSec VPNs require an installation of client software on the end device. Thus, every device of every user needs physically to be touched and managed. For this task, often specific IT knowledge is required. 

Both types allow you to remotely access network resources—providing a secure and private link to your network via the public Internet—but in different ways. Choosing the right one for a small business depends on the existing or anticipated network hardware and the type of users who need remote access to the applications and data on the network.

Because IPSec and SSL VPNs offer different features at the cost of security or convenience, HOB has developed a VPN that maintains the best features of each type. In contrast to other VPNs, HOBLink VPN Anywhere Client offers the advantage of installation-free SSL-based clients while maintaining the security of traditional IPSecs.

The installation-free feature of HOBLink VPN Anywhere Client is ideal for small businesses that don’t have the time or resources to manage every device connecting to the server. Furthermore, this type of VPN is not dependant on the network hardware, enterprises resources or the applications the users will need access to.

What type of VPN do you have a VPN for your small business? Does it function effectively? Please share in the comments below.

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