Securing iPad Communications with a VPN

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Some people decide to use iPads for business purposes. Today we are going to talk about protecting your iPad and data by means of a virtual private network (VPN).

You do not need any additional software to setup a VPN connection on your iPad. It supports three kinds of VPNs:

  • Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol (L2TP),
  • Point-To-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP),
  • Cisco IPSec (that stands for Internet Protocol Security).

The kind of VPN to select depends entirely on the type of the VPN network you're connecting to.

Once you have set up the VPN account, you can connect securely whenever you need to. Open “Settings”, tap VPN, select the configuration you want to use, and tap the VPN on/off switch. Enter a password. A few moments later, you should be connected. An additional icon on the upper left corner of the screen will indicate that you're using a VPN.

The iPad also supports what are known as “SSL VPNs”. This type of connection uses SSL protocols. These are the protocols that Websites use when they want to secure the connection and protect the data from anyone sniffing it. The iPad supports SSL VPNs from Juniper, Cisco, and F5. You need to download clients for those from the App store. You can also create your own custom SSL VPN setup if you wish. Whenever you try to access a site or a resource behind the VPN, the "VPN on demand” starts automatically for you and quits when you're done.

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