Virtual Private Network

Member Question: VPN Options

Explanation of VPN: “A virtual private network (VPN) is a technology that creates a safe and encrypted connection over a less secure network, such as the internet. VPN technology was developed as a way to allow remote users and branch offices to securely access corporate applications and other resources. To ensure safety, data travels through secure tunnels and VPN users must use authentication methods — including passwords, tokens and other unique identification methods — to gain access to the VPN.” (TechTarget


CHSR -FM: “We’ve been using LogMeIn Hamachi as a remote access tool for years, but the last few years have seen price increases that are ridiculous (from free 7 years ago to $129 in 2014 to $599 this year).

Remote access, especially across distances, multiple OSs and in an office with multiple networks. (Granted, there are other security issues with a university network..) Hamachi is just providing the easy VPN, on top of which we have VNC Server running on each machine. One advantage of this approach is that it still works on the Vista, Windows 7, Mac OS (3 flavours) machines, and works just as well from the next office over as across town or the country.

CFHM-FM: We’ve been using VNC Viewer lately. Very reliable, but it’s free so maybe it’s not quite what you’re looking for.


CJMP-FM:  “We just use straight Teamviewer for remote desktop sharing, but Teamviewer does have a VPN driver / adapter under

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CJAM – FM: “I’m not sure about commercial services, but you could always just install a pfsense box and run it as a VPN.  Then just connect to that box with just about any VPN  client, create your secured connection, and you’re in.  Use tokens on each end instead of passwords for added security of course. ”


CHLY – FM: “we are quite happy with an Untangle box which we use for both firewall and VPN services “

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