LTE solutions and cloud-based platforms allow companies to rapidly shift to work-from-home models, but digital security is always a concern. At first glance, mobile virtual private networks, or VPNs, may seem like ideal solutions, promising to route your data through an encrypted server before sending it on. However, many of these services aren’t as secure as they appear, and some can compromise a user’s data.
3 Dangers of Using Free Mobile VPNs
1. Insufficient Encryption
Free or low-cost VPN apps have attracted the attention of businesses and IT departments who naturally assume these solutions work as advertised. Unfortunately, studies of hundreds of apps available in the Google Play® store revealed that a significant portion of these programs don’t encrypt data at all, while others use outdated methods that are easy to crack.
2. Data Harvesting
Some VPNs are actually run by unscrupulous companies who harvest data on the traffic running through their services. Some might sell this information to marketers and other third parties, or they might pass it on to competitors or data thieves. When you use one of these services, you never know what the provider is doing with your data.
Some popular VPN apps contain malware that can steal your company’s data, financial information, or passwords. Some malignant programs can even harvest your devices’ processing power or the bandwidth of your LTE solutions. These resources can then be sold as services to other companies who think they’re buying space in a legitimate cloud-based platform.
If your clients need security and peace of mind, MACH Networks offers Network Sentinel™, a Wireless Private Network Service that protects your data from being exposed to the public internet, so your mobile devices are protected against cyber-attacks and malicious intent. MACH helps resellers and agents across the country give clients the LTE solutions and managed network services they need, with options from some of the best providers in the industry. Visit their website for more on their LTE solutions and other services, or get in touch through LinkedIn. To find out how they can help your business thrive in the 21st century, call their headquarters in Carlsbad, CA, at (866) 972-7677. MACH Networks is firmly committed to the health and safety of their partners, end-customers, and employees.