Virtual private networks have been too costly and complex for most entrepreneurs. Now, you can create a VPN by hooking up a device to your network. Check out Netgear's FV318 Cable/DSL Virtual Private Network ($799/five users) or FR318 Cable/DSL Firewall Routers ($99/one user at www.netgear.com).
If you need to keep an eye on things back at the office, look at Panasonic's Myeyecam.com subscription service. The $39.95-a-year service supports Panasonic's KX-HCM10 network camera and takes care of the complicated configuration issues associated with sending live Internet video (www.myeyecam.com).