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Open Haus: VPN Path Finder

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by VPNHaus | 05/19/2015 |Endpoint Management, IPsec

 

Whenever Katelyn O’Shaughnessy checks into a hotel, room size isn't anywhere near her top concern. As she told the Los Angeles Times in a story about the hotel preferences of Millennials, "You can put me in a closet; as long as there is Wi-Fi, I’ll be happy."

If you were to survey hotel users, you'd probably find many of them share O'Shaughnessy's perspective. These days, if you're traveling, whether for work or for business, Wi-Fi is a necessity. And it can't just be any Wi-Fi. It needs to be high-speed, reliable Wi-Fi that facilitates secure remote access through any mobile device.

Unfortunately for travelers, the reality is that many hotels – and other public places that provide network access through hotspots – restrict user access settings by blocking IPsec ports and only allowing Internet access to web browsers. This is a major constraint for road warriors trying to access their corporate networks remotely via a VPN, as they could find themselves unable to establish a connection.

To overcome this obstacle, NCP engineering developed VPN Path Finder – a proprietary remote access technology that automatically establishes a connection wherever Internet access is possible, providing the user with anywhere, anytime connectivity.

How It Works

Path Finder – recently recognized with a patent – is a central feature of the NCP Secure Client Suite. With Path Finder, users achieve highly secure mobile computing in every remote access environment, even across unknown networks like those you might find in a hotel, café, or on a plane or train.

Whenever a public network has a firewall setting that blocks native IPsec traffic, Path Finder technology springs into action. Without any user input, the NCP VPN client will automatically use Path Finder to mimic an SSL connection and establish a secure, end-to-site encrypted tunnel to the corporate network's VPN gateway. Meanwhile, within the VPN tunnel, none of the security benefits provided by IPsec are lost.

It's a win-win for both parties – users are able to access the Internet just as though they were working from their main office, and the network administrator gains the peace of mind that secure remote access is in place.

With Path Finder technology, along with the fact the NCP Secure Enterprise Solution supports all major operating systems, VPN users can confidently connect to the Internet from many different devices, and from a number of access points.

With this technology in place, users like Katelyn O’Shaughnessy will not only have reliable Wi-Fi in their hotel rooms for connecting for work and play, but they'll have the security benefits to match.

Open Haus is a monthly series that explores the key features of NCP’s Remote Access VPN.

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