VPNs are typically used for personal use like geo-spoofing (changing your IP address to access region locked content), but they can also be used for business. However, there are some disadvantages and flaws of using a VPN for business that might not be so obvious at first glance.
Businesses are increasingly using VPNs to ensure the protection of your data. Using a VPN for business is an effective way to protect your company’s sensitive information. However, VPNs do have some disadvantages and flaws that you should be aware of before deciding to use one for your business.
In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the drawbacks that come with VPNs, and alternative solutions you can consider for your business needs.
1) VPNs weren’t designed for enterprise usage
While many businesses switched to VPNs for remote workers during the pandemic, VPNs were never really designed for connecting an entire enterprise’s workforce to the network. This puts a heavy strain on VPNs that they weren’t designed to bear, and this can be a hindrance to the employees who are still connected to the main network.
VPNs were originally designed to create a private connection between a user’s device and a remote server and have a finite amount of bandwidth to handle this type of load. This is not really a sustainable solution for a business with many users.
A better solution would be a remote access software like Triofox, which was designed specifically for this type of use case and can handle many concurrent connections. They can connect multiple clients to the same server at the same time without slowing down, and the services can be connected to as frequently as needed.
2) VPNs are difficult to scale
Imagine trying to use a VPN for your business, but being able to connect only 5 people at a time. That would be extremely limiting, right? You wouldn’t want that for your employees, but how would you be able to accommodate your employees for your business needs?
Most VPN providers will sell a “privacy-centric” VPN that allows you to connect a finite number of concurrent connections to it. This is also known as a tiered VPN, and the service will be the exact same service as when you are using it to connect only a few clients.
However, once you’ve bought into this solution, this limits you. Most of these tiered VPNs do not allow you to scale out. That’s not to say that these solutions are bad in their own right, but you will be limited by your own resources, which can make scaling your network and adding more employees to it a very complex task.
3) VPNs don’t properly encrypt data
With a virtual private network, all data being sent over the network is encrypted and decrypted before it leaves the network and when it comes back to the network.
However, when you connect to a VPN, you are able to bypass any firewall or proxy servers on your way to and from the VPN. This means that every time you connect to the VPN, it is sending all of your data through the public internet.
This means that anyone trying to listen in on what you’re doing through the VPN network or even intercept your traffic will be able to do so. This is an inherent flaw that should be considered when using a VPN for remote business.
4) VPNs suffer severe downtime
VPNs are notoriously prone to downtime, which encourages organizations to allow unsecured network access so there’s no hiccup in work productivity. To avoid downtime issues and disruptions, you need to configure your VPN so that it never fails or drops your internet connection. This can be very difficult to do and extremely difficult to predict, especially in an office environment where you have to access applications and connect to websites several times during the day.
This is where it gets tricky. A well designed VPN is meant to have a failover built-in, so if it goes down, it can turn to a cloud platform like AWS or Google Cloud and connect to another server.
But, this means that all traffic that was being routed through the VPN is now rerouted to the cloud, and the application that you were using would break because it no longer has data to rely on.
5) Weak security
A VPN, no matter how good it is, is only as strong as its weakest link. A good VPN is supposed to protect all of your data as it moves across the network, but if a client makes a mistake in connecting to the wrong VPN server, it could connect to one that allows the information being sent to leave your network.
As a business owner, you should be aware that VPNs are very difficult to secure because there are so many moving parts in the network. Without a strong security policy in place, you may not be able to secure your company or your clients information.
Some people think that the best thing to do is get a VPN on all of your devices and have them use the VPN on every connection that they make, but that’s not ideal either.