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2/22/2019
12:30 PM

6 Tips for Getting the Most from Your VPN

VPNs are critical for information security. But simply having these cozy security tunnels in the toolkit isn't enough to keep an organization's data safe.
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Encrypt at 'Hello'

A corollary to the fact that VPNs only protect data when the VPN is running is that anything moving across the network before the VPN is launched is unprotected. In some implementations, that can include the user name and password for the VPN client itself.

Most current-generation VPN clients use a variety of techniques to ensure that nothing moves across the network in clear text. Security and IT teams should make sure that the VPNs they're deploying use Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP) to encrypt the authentication conversation, as well as subsequent data transfer.

As with so much of security, this begins with "use the latest version of your software." Beyond that, though, it means turning on the latest features of the latest versions, since some VPN clients will still allow for clear-text authentication in order to maintain compatibility with older VPN equipment on the server end. Don't assume that everything that flows between end point and data center is encrypted; confirm that your particular VPN and authentication methods are doing the job you require.

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3/18/2019 | 3:15:56 AM
Re: VPN on your router
Love what you're doing here guys, keep it up!
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3/16/2019 | 8:52:46 AM
Re: VPN on your router
Great tips. Thank you very much!

 

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2/27/2019 | 9:49:54 AM
Re: VPN on your router
VeePN definitely has an option for routers
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2/22/2019 | 7:57:32 PM
VPN on your router
Legit, I think the best thing you can do is install a VPN on your router. I know from experience that ExpressVPN has their own router apps, I think Nord may also.
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