Private IP: To Have or Not to Have

Computers and internet have revolutionized communication. Personal or official, they have changed everything. Distances don’t matter and messages and documents can be sent with just a single click. This expansion brings convenience that the world has never seen before. There’s no rose without a thorn. The modern communication via the internet is the same. As the World Wide Web grows it also drags along threats.

We have huge data banks that companies hold to make the word better. The development has picked up pace because storing, analysing, and making changes to the existing data are easier than ever. This valuable bank is constantly under threat. Hackers, viruses, and Trojans are always on the lookout to sneak in and take what they want. This is exactly why we see data breaches.

This problem has many solutions. Some are more costly than others. Some prove to be useful in some industries while they fail to make an impact in others. Amongst the most popular ones is resorting to private IP space.

What is a private IP address?

ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) assigns IP addresses to companies and service providers around the globe. It is pivotal to sanction unique IP addresses for use on the global internet. It ensures that the right data, data packets or messages are sent to the right address. Duplicate IP’s will be a serious problem for this data traffic.

These network addresses are normally assigned in blocks. Service providers then assign them to their customers so that they can connect to the internet. These are what we call public as they have the ability to route with the World Wide Web.

Then there are special IP addresses that cannot be globally routed. These are what we call private IP addresses. They are reserved to be used within the organization. There, in turn, is public routing of the internet but the private IP address allows you to create a sub-network of a company or home.

This helps keep internet from interfering with the internal communication. It is an additional layer so to speak. It provides extra breathing space and flexibility. This also helps stay away from the malicious content on the internet. So it is both flexible and safe.

Pros

There’s no point in getting a private IP address unless it offers something new. Something that helps in safekeeping or boosts productivity. Here are a couple of advantages of having a private IP address.

· Shield

Internet is a sea full of wonders. You’ll find videos, documents, data, research, and almost everything else. It would a wonderful tale if there were no villains. With all the good that there is on the internet, there are threats as well. In the bleak corners of ever-widening internet space, there are Trojans, malicious applications, viruses, and hackers.

A private IP address keeps you off the external network and therefore, away from hackers, Trojans, and other such threats. The security of an IP address is vital to small businesses, especially the ones with sensitive data.

· Umbrella

Excluding connection with the outside networks is a blessing. What is more likely to have difficulties? A bigger network or a small? Obviously a bigger one. Once there is an issue, what can you do about it? A bigger network would mean a lot of devices and will require a bit of investigation before you get to know the exact problem. Now, consider the internet or an external network. You have no control, the size is bigger, and troubles more complex. Not only will you be in darkness but you will be incapable of fixing the issue.

The main issues internet can bring along is disconnection due to internet loss or external server outage. On the contrary internal networks are only a product of the equipment you use. Any problem in the network or a virus will remain inside. It will have no communication outside of the network and thus, will be easy to catch and fix. You will not have to worry about data breaches, long wait for the ISP to respond.

Cons

Now that we’ve mentioned the roses, it’s time to head towards the thorns. Meaning? We now know what getting a private IP address brings to the table. It will be too good to be true to just have advantages with no kickbacks. Here are the shortcomings that come with getting a private IP address

· Loneliness

Getting your network off the main grid is a great way to dodge a lot of threats. It keep you away from the viruses, malicious software, and hackers. It is only possible because it is isolated from all the other networks. This network will not be able to connect to other networks or computers. No communication, no exchange of data, and only loneliness.

You will not be able to send emails, data or message to other networks. You will also not be able to get new software or updates to the existing ones. You have to physically move the data from one network to the other. You will only be able to communicate internally and no data from vendors or clients can be sent or received.

· Bills

Depending on servers and networks that are physically far away from you can be frustrating. The upside to this network is that it is huge. This cost of infrastructure and maintenance can be divided amongst millions of users. On the other hand, a private network has a limited number of users. The hardware costs and other equipment will be on a single network operator. Connecting a single computer to an external network requires complex configuration and maintenance. This is because that this device will be configured with two IP addresses.