How-to Guide: Connect your Mac to your office network via VPN
Whilst working in the office, secure access to important data is taken for granted. However, with more and more of us now working from home, the need to externally access the office network is greater than ever before. When it comes to accessing sensitive company data from outside of the office, it’s important to know you are going about it the right way.
Here are 5 of our tried & tested, essential tips for remote work…
The term “home office” is one which almost all of us are familiar with today. Remote work is becoming an essential part of the way modern businesses operate and many large companies now consist entirely of remote teams spread out across the world. However, for many people trying remote work for the first time, it can be difficult to adjust.
Here are five easy to implement tips which we find super useful whenever we are working from home…
If you own one of Synology’s NAS systems, you can also set it up to act as a VPN server, offering a convenient way to securely access the files stored on your Synology, as well as other devices on your network.
Once you’ve got everything set up, you’ll need to get off your WiFi network to test it out (you can’t “VPN in” if you’re already “in”). One quick way is to use your iPhone’s Personal Hotspot feature, or treat yourself to a coffee and hop on your local coffee shop’s free wifi.
Once your VPN is connected, try accessing your Synology or any other devices on your network. Note that they won’t show up automatically in the Finder’s sidebar, so you’ll need to use the “Go → Connect to Server” feature in the Finder.
Once you’ve created and configured your PPTP VPN connection, you can test it out with our free demo. Once you’re sure it’s working correctly, head over to the VPN Tracker 365 store to purchase your plan.
AWS customers have long been able to create custom VPN servers using EC2 instances to get secure access to AWS infrastructure and resources.
However AWS recently introduced a streamlined way to easily give VPN access to all of your users called AWS Client VPN.
The AWS Client VPN service:
Is fully manageable from the AWS Console
Integrates with other AWS services (e.g. your AWS-based Directory service)
Scales automatically, so you can deal with large numbers of VPN users without upgrading costly infrastructure
Uses the latest encryption standards (OpenVPN with GCM ciphers)
VPN Tracker 365 customers can start using AWS Client VPN with the latest release, available today.
Our detailed Configuration Guide walks you through the steps of setting up AWS Client VPN and importing it into VPN Tracker.
VPN Tracker supports both certificate-based as well as (the more familiar and more easily rolled out) directory-based user authentication.
How to access the internet while connected to AWS Client VPN?
By default, your AWS Client VPN setup will route all traffic through your VPN. This means, unless you configure a route from AWS to the internet, you lose internet access.
Tip: Thanks to VPN Tracker’s Traffic Control capabilities, you can also use AWS VPN without losing access to your local network and the internet, even if your AWS setup doesn’t offer internet access via the routes you’ve configured.
Just go to Advanced > Traffic Control, select “Only traffic for these addresses” and enter your AWS networks to turn this option on.
AWS Client VPN in VPN Tracker 365 is the easiest way way to access your AWS resources. We look forward to your feedback!
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