There are many different software applications that implement virtual private networks, 3 popular VPN’s used are LogMeIn Hamachi, Windows Server Direct Access and OpenVPN. Things to consider when choosing the right VPN is the speed, compatibility, security and setup. Depending on the infrastructure and network size the optimal VPN solution may vary. For small peer-to-peer networks the LogMeIn Hamchi solution would be preferred. For large enterprise networks with multiple domains, Microsoft Direct Access would be your best option. Although in a small business solution with one domain and a limited budget OpenVPN is a viable solution.
Virtual Private Networks (VPN)
What is a Virtual Private Network?
A Virtual Private Network can be used in many different ways. It can mask your IP address to watch region blocked content from international websites that block connections from Australia. It will protect your privacy on WiFi connections especially at public places such as coffee shops and airports as well as simply connecting to network devices at home or work from wherever you are in the world securely.
But in most cases a VPN can be a very powerful tool for any business to implement. A VPN can connect two different geological branch offices into the one network, allowing and increase in productivity and accessibility. For employees that travel to lots of different locations, having a VPN tunnel back into the office on their laptop can ensure that all the work can be transferred in a secure manner.