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The Least You Need to Know about Setting Up a SOHO VPN

If you run a business, even if it’s just out of your living room and the closest coffee shop, there are times you need Internet privacy. That’s where Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) come in.

You know the story. You’re on a business trip, and the report needs to be updated before you get back to the office. Or, you just went out to lunch when you get an urgent e-mail question from the CEO that needs to be answered Right Now. Yes, you could just send the accounts payable spreadsheet or the “Yes, we have to fire him” e-mail through an open Wi-Fi connection, but you’d be a fool to do so.

If what you’re sending over the Internet has business value, you need to send it over a secure connection. It’s that simple.

Fortunately, in a small office or home office (SOHO) you have many ways to set up a VPN. Among the options are VPN subscription services, built-in VPNs with your existing server software stack, open source software, and built-in VPN functionality in your business’ router.

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