More and more companies today are looking into allowing their employees to work from home. Because of this, virtual private networks, or vpn’s, have become more popular as well. A virtual private network allows a company to give their employees secure access to the company network from their home computer. Depending on the company, or even the industry that you work for, you may already deal with a virtual private network if you work from home. A virtual private network will make sure that all data that is transferred is encrypted. Because of this added security feature, many companies that require confidentiality will require the use of a virtual private network.
If your company has set up a virtual private network, it may make it easier to get them to allow you to work from home, at least part time. Just make sure that while you’re using the vpn network from your home office, you don’t do non-work things like surfing the Internet or investigating top affiliate programs unless you know that it’s acceptable. Keep your private computer use and your work separate and only connect to the vpn if and when you’re working for the company. In fact, in most cases you’ll have to access the vpn with specific log-in information given by the company for work use only — and which allows them to track your use of the system.
There are even options for a mobile virtual private network. If you do most of your work on a laptop or and travel frequently while working, your company may decide that this is the best way to go. Even if you don’t travel for work on work related business all the time, a mobile virtual private network may be beneficial for those times that you do have to be out of your home office and can help make your work hours more productive.