Are VPNs and cloud backups nobrainers?
Posted on 2014-10-11
I’m a PC consultant. Many of my customers are extremely computer challenged. Others are simply too busy to properly take care of their computers. For years I’ve tried to come up with simple solutions that will protect them and allow them to easily use their computers.
I’ve tried to find reasonable backup solutions for them. It seems to me that cloud backups have become so user friendly and inexpensive (as little as $50/year) that if someone has reasonable upload speed, they should really consider using them. I’m aware of certain drawbacks. There is the possibility of being hacked in the cloud or even losing all your backups. But I’m not talking about absolute fail-safe here. My customers are not government employees and their data is valuable but not critical. That being the case it seems that online backups have become no-brainers for these people. Opinions?
Secondly I've just began to research VPNs for pay like IPVanish, Overplay, etc. They seem to be priced reasonably. There's even one, Private Internet Access, that nets out to about $35 a year. Again I’m wondering if these are no-brainers. I’ve read reviews, but don’t have enough experience to judge the degree of additional security they would give my customers. I don’t know their drawbacks. I don’t know if they can be trusted. I don’t know if I could just set them up for my customers and forget about them. I do set up things like HTTPS Everywhere and make sure they have strong antivirus solutions. But if I thought that these services provided my customers much greater security for as little as $35/year, I’d put it on all their computers. So what are the gotchas with these commercial VPNs? Are they much better than the free VPNs I’ve tried. (Generally you get what you pay for.) Are they worth putting on all my clients computers? Opinions?