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Why Are Certificates Used for VPN? Best Practice Authentication

Previous posts in this series Understanding Cryptographic Terms - Cryptography 101 All About Certificates - The Anatomy of a Certificate Which Types of Certificates Exist and How are They Created? What is the Subject Alternative Name and Why is it Important for VPN? Why Are Certificates Used for VPN? Best…
Gabrielle
March 7, 2024

What is the Subject Alternative Name and Why is it Important for VPN?

When creating an email or server certificate, there is one important final step: The Subject Alternative Name (SAN). This is the attribute that people most often ignore, that is commonly missing completely in certificates or used incorrectly which causes all kind of undesired behaviour – putting the security of servers…
Team equinux
February 14, 2024

Understanding Cryptographic Terms - Cryptography 101

Before we can delve into the wonderful world of certificates, we first need to understand some basic cryptographic terms and operations, but don't worry, it will be far less technical than you might fear and there will be barely any math involved. Let's get started!
Gabrielle
January 10, 2024
Mac

Connect to VPN on macOS Sonoma

macOS 14 Sonoma is here and VPN Tracker is ready! Update to the latest macOS version with the peace of mind that all your important connections are fully supported — ready for you to get to work.
Gabrielle
December 5, 2023

All About SSL VPN – it ain't pretty but it works

Even for regular end users, SSL is one of the most widely-recognized VPN protocols, largely due to the fact that major VPN vendors such as SonicWall and Cisco have been using it in their proprietary protocols for years. In this post, we take you through the origins of SSL, including…
Gabrielle
November 15, 2023

Why VPN tunneling over TCP sucks!

Keep reading to find out everything that’s wrong with TCP, what ‘TCP meltdown’ is, and why you should absolutely choose a different protocol for your VPN.
Gabrielle
October 18, 2023

How safe is PPTP VPN and should I stop using it?

It's no secret that PPTP has a bad rep these days, but why is PPTP VPN considered to be unsafe and how bad is it really? In this post, we shine the spotlight on PPTP, covering its origin story, its well-known flaws and just how it has managed to stick…
Gabrielle
September 13, 2023

What is Dynamic DNS and why do I need it?

You will often see Dynamic DNS referred to as an optional setup step in our VPN configuration guides, but what exactly is it? In this quick guide, we take you through the basics of DDNS, including its main advantages and use cases, as well as how to get set up…
Gabrielle
September 8, 2023

All about new VPN Tracker editions

Today we are announcing some big changes to our VPN Tracker editions! Check out this guide to get the lowdown on all the latest changes, as well as how to update your plan and unlock free benefits!
Gabrielle
August 30, 2023

Connect to IKEv2 VPN on Mac, iPhone, iPad

VPN Tracker enables you to create a secure IKEv2 VPN connection to your VPN gateway so you can enjoy remote access to your network wherever you are. VPN Tracker's custom IKEv2 VPN profile gives you the flexibility to configure your connection exactly as you need it - with support for…
Gabrielle
August 17, 2023

What is IKEv2 VPN and how good is it really?

In this post, we take a technical deep dive into the IPsec protocol suite, covering the core IKE extensions, and reviewing the benefits and drawbacks of IKEv2 VPN over IKEv1. Keep reading to discover how IKEv2 VPN almost became the perfect VPN protocol.
Team equinux
August 16, 2023
News

Is Apple dropping support for IKEv2 VPN?

Back in 2020, Apple scrapped their integrated PPTP VPN support on macOS; leaving network admins scrambling to find an alternative solution in order to continue connecting to PPTP VPN on the Mac. Fast forward three years and the rumor mill is churning again, following announcements from the WWDC in 2023.…
Gabrielle
August 8, 2023
TP Link R605 router

Set up IKEv2 VPN for TP Link Safestream Router

TP-Link SafeStream Multi-WAN VPN routers are a powerful VPN solution for small-medium businesses. Thanks to seamless integration with TP-Link's Omada SDN platform, SafeStream routers can also be managed centrally and remotely - with a practical smartphone app for on the go.  In this guide, we show you step-by-step how to…
Gabrielle
August 4, 2023

Sharing a VPN connection in TeamCloud

TeamCloud makes it easier than ever to roll out pre-configured VPN connections to your team and grant them secure remote access to the company network on Mac, iPhone or iPad. Here's how:
Gabrielle
July 17, 2023
NAS

How to Configure VPN for QNAP NAS

In this guide, we take you through step-by-step how to easily configure an OpenVPN server on your QNAP NAS device and remotely connect to your network on Mac, iPhone or iPad.
Gabrielle
March 7, 2023
PPTPPPTP

Connect to PPTP VPN on Mac

Need to connect to PPTP VPN on your Mac? Apple removed the built-in support for PPTP VPN connections in 2020. But there is an easy way to use PPTP VPN on your Mac that doesn't require you to keep using an older macOS version.
Gabrielle
February 24, 2023
Cisco

Set up VPN for a Cisco FirePower Firewall

About Cisco Firepower Firewalls Cisco Firepower Next Generation Firewalls offer security-conscious business users high performance protection for their network. These powerful VPN firewalls come with a diverse spec designed to suit a range of use cases, from small businesses and branch offices, all the way up to enterprise and data center…
Gabrielle
February 7, 2023

How to Set Up Split-Tunneling for Cisco AnyConnect SSL-VPN

Thousands of professionals and students connect to Cisco AnyConnect VPN every day. Sometimes the network configured by your admin may slow you down or block local network access. Split-tunneling is an easy way to control your network traffic and improve connection speed whilst working via VPN.
Gabrielle
January 30, 2023
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New: VPN Tracker with Cisco AnyConnect SSL Optimization

Today we're rolling out two updates which are particularly relevant for Cisco AnyConnect VPN users: VPN Tracker for Mac version 22.1.4 and VPN Tracker for iOS version 1.2.4. Both updates bring important performance optimizations for Cisco AnyConnect SSL VPN users as well as a productivity update and Personal Safe improvements.
Gabrielle
December 7, 2022
ASUS RT-AX88U routerASUS

Configure VPN for an ASUS Router

In this guide, we take you through the key VPN specification for one of the most popular ASUS devices of the moment - the RT-AX88U - as well as all you need to know about setting up an IPsec or WireGuard® VPN server on your ASUS device to connect on…
Gabrielle
November 9, 2022

VPN Tracker is ready for macOS Ventura

Brand new macOS 13 Ventura is here and VPN Tracker is ready! Update to the latest macOS version with the peace of mind that all your important connections are fully supported — ready for you to get to work.
Team equinux
October 24, 2022

3 Easy Ways You Can Use VPN for Work

VPN has a wide variety of different use cases which will enable you to work more productively using apps, tools and resources you most likely already have. In this guide, we're sharing 3 easy ways you can use VPN to simplify your everyday workflows and make the most out of…
Gabrielle
October 10, 2022
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Configure VPN for a NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 Router

About the NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 The NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 WiFi router (R7000) is an excellent home or small business router, supporting up to 3 VPN users (one per platform). Powered by a 1GHz processor, it provides Gigabit connection speeds, making it one of the fastest 802.11ac NETGEAR routers. This router offers…
Gabrielle
September 19, 2022
Telekom Speedport Smart 4Telekom

Configure VPN for Telekom Speedport Smart 4

About the Speedport Smart 4 The main features of the Telekom Speedport routers - such as powerful WiFi 6 and support for ultra fast WireGuard® VPN - as well as an impressive price:performance ratio, make them a popular choice for private users and home offices. Below, you can find out…
Gabrielle
September 19, 2022
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