Why VPNs are Essential for Starting a Small Business

Recently, TechCrunch posted a blog about the essential gear for starting a small business. As small business advisors, we have some opinions about what entrepreneurs need to get their feet wet. In fact, in the past we wrote a blog called “How to Launch a Company for $200 That Could Compete with a Fortune 1000 Enterprise.”

When you decide to take the plunge and launch a business, you want to set reachable goals and optimize spend. One of the sure-fire ways to optimize costs is by investing in a virtual private network (VPN).

How VPNs Work

According to Microsoft, VPN connections enable organizations to send data between two computers across the Internet in a manner that emulates the properties of a point-to-point private link.

Why VPNs Are Critical for Small Businesses

It’s not the most exciting technology ever, but it does fulfill a vital role. A trusted VPN provides online protection while you’re using a home or public Wi-Fi connection, which is EVERYTHING.

Hackers Like Small Businesses

As a small business, your data is vulnerable to threats. That’s a fact. According to Inc., 60% of small businesses fail within the first year due to risks related to cyber-attacks. If someone can hack your IP, they can access precious information about your business that could lead to its demise.

If your business operates behind a firewall, it’s relatively simple for a skilled hacker to find their way in and access your passwords. If you’re a new business owner, you’re probably applying for a CRM license or visiting QuickBooks. That clues cybercriminals into your worth as a target. With a VPN, your IP address is masked, which makes your business connection hard to pinpoint.

Choosing a VPN Provider

Unfortunately, today’s technology market doesn’t make it easy to identify the right solution or vendor for a small business’s needs. You have literally hundreds of vendors to choose from, the differences between products are minuscule and everything seems expensive. You could pick up the phone and spend hours talking with providers, or you could let someone else do that for you.

At Select, we act as an organic extension of your team. We know the technology market inside and out and can complete hours of research within minutes to provide vendor-neutral guidance. We can tell you exactly what you need to run your business the way it needs to be run. And we’ll let you know exactly how much things cost and how solutions can scale.

If you’re interested in starting a small business, don’t waste your time navigating the ocean of collaboration technologies. Let us provide non-biased advice about how to launch your business the right way. Contact us today.

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