Why Should I Set Up An SSL VPN To Protect My Data?

There are many ways to keep your data safe, all with relative degrees of success.

We live in an age where we have to make sure that we keep a constant look out while we are using the internet.

There is no shortage of ways that a black hat hacker will try to come up with to get to your data.

Luckily for us there are tools that we can use to make it hard for the majority of black hat hackers to be able to infiltrate against our defenses.

While there are some genius black hat hackers out there, that is not the case for most of them.

For the most part, a normal hacker will take exploits that are provided by other people and learn how to use them.

Once they have learned how to use the exploit effectively, they will turn the attack to the victims out there.

One of the tools that we can use against a general attack like this is a combination of SSL and VPN.

In the following article I will try to explain what these two technologies are and how they can be used together to make sure that you have a safe experience while you are on the internet on your computer.

SSL and VPN

SSL and VPN

So What Is SSL?

SSL goes also by the name Secured Socket Layer.

The name is also interchangeable these days with TSL which means Transport Security Layer.

The purpose of this technology is to make sure that you have a secure connection from your browser to the web site that you are visiting.

When you go to a financial web site or some other web site with important data for you, there is a good chance that you are going to use the SSL technology.

This data is too important for a normal socket connection and so an encrypted one is in order and that is what exactly makes an SSL connection different than a normal connection.

With SSL, your data has an encryption layer that allows it to travel relatively safely to the destination web site.

There have been some ways that black hat hackers have used to counteract this technique but for the most part it is safe.

So now that we know what the SSL portion of the article is, now let’s take a look at the VPN portion.

What Is VPN?

The letters VPN stand for Virtual Private Network.

This is not a hard concept to wrap your head around and there is a good chance that you have used one at some point in your life.

For example, when you use the office server at your job, you are most likely logging in on a VPN.

A VPN basically sets up a tunnel connection between you and the terminal or server that you would like to pull data off.

You have to be authorized to be on the server, and once you are, you are able to pull off any data that you need to.

Some people use a VPN not only so they can collect data that might be on a remote computer but also to use the VPN connection to control the computer.

This is a specialized form of VPN that is known as a VNC or Virtual Network Connection.

Most of the time the VPN connection is secured with an encryption layer so that you can log on to the other computer without someone being able to snoop on you.

Now that you know what both of these technologies are, it’s time to show you how they can be used together to protect your connection.


How Do We Use Them Together?

So when you use the two technologies together you are allowed to access the endpoint different than you normally would.

When you have a VPN, you usually have a client application that controls the communication with the other computer.

With the combination of SSL and VPN you can use a normal browser to access the data on the other computer.

Since the browser layer is encrypted with the SSL protocol, your data should be safe from anyone trying to snoop in and listen.

The VPN portion allows you to have a log in with the remote computer and still access the data securely.

This is the best of both worlds and is something that all people who are using their computers remotely should think about using.

This is a great way for you to be on a strange network and not have to worry about anyone be able to analyze your data packets.

If you are looking for a secured way to access your data on a remote network or from a remote computer, the SSL VPN combination is a great way to go.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

Comments

  1. If you want to benefit from the ubiquity of the Web then gaining access to a corporate data base securely is as important as using an encrypted (SSL) VPN. How can you be sure the person logging on is not a ‘bad guy’. So a scalable SAAS authentication solution must complement what you have described. Check out one such solution – Live Ensure (www.liveeensure.com). It is a SAAS solution available as a mashup – so quick and easy to access and it works cross device / cross platform.

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