Are VPNs relevant for home users and home business users?

Dominic
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Hi,

The majority of my consulting is for individual UK Based home users and one/two - man band businesses. I have seen the recent rise in VPN services available given the need for increased privacy. I have been wondering whether these services would be of any use to my clients in the sense that if they value privacy, would it be a relevant service to offer them? A lot of these clients may not necessarily be visiting P2P sites or grayer areas of the Internet but can it still be effective in typical day to day activities.
I guess there will be trade offs in performance but  before trialing out a service myself more thoroughly i wanted to see what the EE community have to say,

thanks
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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My one-of clients do not use VPN, but are sensible people and keep their machines secured.

My business clients all use business IPsec VPN and I have the ability with a commercial VPN application to get to these clients.
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Though you can see by my profile I am quite familiar with VPN's, other than a site to site VPN between two offices I consider VPNs to have many more risks that other alternatives for accessing client sites or for clients accessing data.

The primary concern is a VPN allows any and all traffic to connect to a corporate LAN, i.e the user is basically attached to the office.  Most often you do  not have control of these remote computers and they can contain viruses and such that can travers the network.  Users can steal corporate data and more.

For management of clients I prefer services like GoToAssist, GFI, LaogMeIn, Teamviewer and many more.
For clients accessing data there is Terminal Server, SharePoint, Remote Web Access (Server Essentials), and many cloud services.

Most importantly if going the VPN route, make sure it is a secure solution such as proper IPsec, or SSTP, and not a major security risk like PPTP.
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Hi - thanks for your comments,

What i had in mind more was the fact that there is a rising trend of VPN services such as ExpressVPN / NordVpn offering an anonymity (to an extent) on the web so people are not tracked and bombarded by advertising + their metadata is not harvested so readily and potentially lessens the chance of being hacked? So this is more a question of privacy for my clients. I don't know enough yet on this subject to be sure whether these services do indeed do what they say they do, hence why i am putting my feelers our first,
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There may be a rising trend amongst individuals who may want to go wherever and try to hide, but I do not see an uptick in my travels.

It is an individual choice, after all.
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Thanks!
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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You are very welcome and I was happy to help.
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Sorry I misunderstood the question.  I don't believe there is much security added using these 3rd party VPN's.  They do hide your IP but that is not really a concern for legitimate companies that host mail and web servers and there IP can readily be found anyway.  As for advertising, do they help?  I don't know and I can't see how.  Their advertising is based on your browsing not your IP.  It may be a case of you get less relevant adds for your geographic location, much like Windows 10 release; if you turn of various location and other features you now get a pop up saying it will not reduce the number of ads but reduce their relevance.

Best of luck.

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