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The Pros and Cons of Using a Virtual Private Network

Many companies that have a series of branch offices or a staff that works remotely deploy what is known as a virtual private network or VPN.  The primary purpose of a VPN is to allow business partners to communicate over a secure network from a remote location via IPsec or Internet Protocol Security.  By using a VPN companies view this as one of the safest ways to link users together that are distributed across multiple locations.

Not only are VPNs used to communicate securely over a public network such as the Internet VPNs are also deployed for virtualized services such as customer service call centers and other business services that companies typically outsource on a routine basis.  Although other new technologies have emerged during the past few years, it has been found by many IT experts that a virtual private network offers more advantages than disadvantages when it comes to secure communications.

VPN Pros and Cons


If your business is considering using a virtual private network here are some of the pros and cons associated with deploying this type of communications technology.

VPN Security and Design


  • Pro – Virtual private networks offer a much higher level of secure communication when compared to other remote methods of communication.  This is due to the advanced technologies that are used to protect the network from unauthorized access.
  • Con – The design and security implementation for a virtual private network can