VPNs Vs Remote Desktop Services — Which Is Right For You?
Have you found the right remote access solution during the pandemic? While many organizations and businesses have opted for a simple VPN, it’s important to consider your options — Remote Desktops may be the best solution to your remote access needs.
Although you may be able to bring your staff fully into the office soon, or have already done so in some capacity, it’s important not to forget all the hard lessons learned during this pandemic so far.
After more than a year of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s likely that your organization or business has gotten into a rhythm with remote work — but if you’re not satisfied with your current remote access solution, it is best to find the right solution and optimize your processes.
While you may have been using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) for remote access so far, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a superior alternative for you to consider. GO Concepts recommends Remote Desktop Services for all our clients because it offers a greater level of control, and more capabilities than your standard VPN.
What Is A Virtual Private Network?
A VPN creates a secure tunnel for your data to transit the Internet, using a network of private servers.
When you use a VPN, your data is encrypted, or hidden, as it moves from your device to the VPN and then continues onto the Internet through what’s called an exit node. A VPN creates the appearance that your data is coming from the VPN server, not from your device.
Therefore, it’s harder for an attacker to identify you as the source of the data. Even if attackers can intercept your data, the encryption means the attackers can’t understand your data or use it to their advantage.
When you put your data out to the VPN server, it exits back out to the public internet. If the site you’re visiting has HTTPS to keep the connection safe, you are still secure.
What Are Remote Desktops?
Remote Desktop Services give you access to and control over a given computer from any configured device in any location.
Sometimes referred to as “Screen Sharing”, Remote Desktops give remote workers the capability to essentially use their in-office work computer while at home or on the go. Users can launch applications, access files that are stored “locally” on that device, and everything else they would be able to do in the office.
Why Does GO Concepts Recommend Remote Desktops?
This solution provides a range of benefits for remote and conventional organizations and businesses alike:
- Remote Desktops Are Secure:
- Conditional access protocols prevent unknown applications from gaining access without review
- Multi-factor authentication protects access
- Mass updates allow you to keep systems protected
- Remote Desktops can be made compliant with a range of regulations, including ISO 27001, 27018 and 27701, PCI, FedRAMP High for Commercial and HIPAA
- Ours are provided via our own GO Private Cloud housed in our on-premise secure, reliable datacenter
- Remote Desktops Are Cost-Effective
- Scale resources precisely, activating only the number of desktops you need for your current users
- Pay only for what you use
- No purchases or upfront costs, and licensing expenses are vastly reduced
- Ours are fully supported by our locally-based team of experts, who have been supporting web-based applications since 1997
- Remote Desktops Promote Productivity And Continuity
- Let your staff work from the familiar business computer they’re used to in the office
- Give your staff the freedom to work from their preferred home device
- No physical setup for any new devices is required at any time
GO Concepts Will Help You Harness The Power Of Remote Desktops
Are Remote Desktops right for your organization?
We can’t answer that question for you — all we know is that if your business is operating remotely right now, you need a way to access work data. If you don’t have an ideal solution in place, your business may be falling behind.
Using new technologies and managing a team of remote staff members isn’t easy. We want you to know that you don’t have to do it alone — our team is here to help.
If you’re interested in trying out Remote Desktops for your organization, get in touch with our team to discover more about how they work and what they have to offer your organization.