VPN functionalities for remote access technology: Fact or Fiction?

Posted by Stefanie Kober Thu, 14 Aug 2014 09:33:00 GMT



In the mid-1990s, virtual private network (VPN) technology was introduced by Microsoft, such that a secure connection could be created between a computer and a remote server. Since then, remote access technology has evolved to meet modern-day demands and overcome the shortcomings of the early versions of VPNs.
Remote access technology securely connects employees, customers and even partners with the company’s sever using the internet and/or intranets, including local area networks (LANs), as well as wide area networks (WANs).
Although VPN technology is essential in providing comprehensive security, safety and flexibility to businesses, in particular those which opt for the management practice of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and/or work from home, some individuals and companies remain skeptical of this technology. 
This article separates fact from fiction.

Fact or Fiction?

1.) VPNs do not affect the performance of the device
Fact.

Modern remote access solutions do not require any software to be downloaded onto the device, thus it cannot affect the device’s performance. Essentially, the device does not need to be “known” on the company network, as the VPN parameters used to log in these devices are configurable by the IT team.

2.) SSL VPNs support web and browser applications only
Fiction.

Early SSL VPNs began as HTTP proxies, enabling user access to web applications through a VPN gateway using an ordinary browser. Today, VPNs offer a variety of access methods, ranging from thin-client SSL tunneling to clientless browser interfaces. Today’s high-quality VPNs also offer browser-launched thin clients which can support virtually any application by tunneling non-web protocols over SSL. Moreover, VPNs also enable users to access Windows Terminal Servers and applications residing there, and further resources, such as file servers, desktop PCs or the company’s intranet.  

3.) VPNs only allow access to the organization’s data

Fiction.

Advanced VPN technology provides various services which help users maintain access to critical information. For instance, modern VPN technology includes remote VoIP capabilities, enabling employees to use the same work telephone number outside of the office.

4.) VPNs are different from other portals
Fact.

VPNs can supply highly-personalized portal views that are a function of each user’s individual access rights. Today’s VPNs provide dynamic access portals, whereby network managers can define server access with application publishing in such a way that the user only sees his or her personal, customized portal.

Summary
Remote access technology has come a long way. In an era where businesses are concerned with security breaches and unauthorized data access, VPNs continue to offer a highly reliable, fast and consistent approach to securely access data and applications stored in the company’s network, anytime and anywhere.

Readers, what are your thoughts on remote access technology? Please share in the comments below.

If you would like to explore more benefits of remote access technologies and learn useful tips for VPN solutions, download our free e-book: Debunking Myths about Remote Access Technology

Author: Hazel Farrugia

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