Re: What is a VPN?
VPN typically provides an encrypted connection to an organization's authentication (login) system via a port in a firewall that is open to the public.toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
This is very useful for "remote users", such as people that work at home, or from branch offices, and so forth.
Without an encrypted connection, the network packets flowing to/from the firewall can be "sniffed" by hacking tools to reveal a user's login information, or other organizational data that exposes the organization to loss of sensitive data that is protected by law such as SSN, medical data, academic data, credit card or other financial data, etc.
If you work with information that is legally protected, you need to be very vigilant, and comply with your organization's security policies and best practices.
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Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2012 16:43:47 -0400...