Remote Access (Mobile VPN)

Questions:

How can I connect to my office from the outside?
What is PPTP?
What is Mobile IPSEC?
Is my data secure over my VPN?
Can I use an Cable/DSL router and VPN software?
I use a VPN. Can I send a virus to my office?

Questions and Answers
How can I connect to my office from the outside?
We offer a number of hardware and software solutions to allow you to connect to your office network securely over the internet. These include managed firewalls, and mobile user VPN clients.
What is PPTP?
PPTP stands for point-to-point tunneling protocol. It is an Internet protocol commonly used in Virtual Private Network (VPN) products. It offers 128bit encryption, and is included with all versions of Microsoft Windows.
What is Mobile IPSEC?
Short for IP Security, a set of protocols developed by the IETF to support highly secure exchanges of information. We employ IPSEC in both hardware firewalls, and mobile use VPN client software.
Is my data secure over my VPN?
Yes, and No. The time required to break the encryption is impractical for most, if not all computers (hundreds of years) Encryption technology continues to improve. By the time someone were able to break a 3DES connection, the key encrypting the data would most likely have changed many times.
Can I use an Cable/DSL router and VPN software?
In certain circumstances, Yes. Routers used to share broadband connections employ NAT in order to allow multiple computers to share a single IP address for Internet traffic. NAT confuses many VPN solutions. Some, but not all routers allow for IPSEC, and PPTP passthrough to allow unobstructed access for VPN connections.
I use a VPN. Can I send a virus to my office?
Yes. Recent virus outbreaks at large firms including Microsoft prove this is possible. Home machines connected to the office network via VPN passed viruses to the corporate network. For this reason, make sure your home virus DATs are updated.