Join Nick Brazzi for an in-depth discussion in this video Connecting to a VPN, part of Mobile for Business: Setting Up Your iPad and iPhone.
- If your business or employer has a secured network that you need to connect to on your iPhone or iPad from an offsite location, you may need to connect through a VPN or Virtual Private Network. A VPN is used when you have a tightly controlled secure network at your office. Generally you can't access resources on that network over the internet because that would open up a hole in the security. An offsite internet connection is not considered to be very secure. Using a very specific login process a VPN can extend the security of your private network to your computer, tablet or Smartphone over the internet.
In this movie I'll show you how you can set up a VPN connection on an iPhone or iPad. So of course we're going to go into Settings. We want to go to the General section. And if we scroll down towards the bottom here, I'm looking for the category of VPN. Now I'll just tap on that. Notice that the VPN settings are not under the WiFi settings and they're not under the Cellular Data settings either. That means that you can set it up to work whether you're connected over WiFi or Cellular. It does not matter which internet connection you use.
So from here I'm going to add a new VPN configuration. So I'll just tap on that button and we get some settings here that we need to fill out. Now at this point you'll need some very specific information from your IT Department about your VPN. I'm not able to give you this information. It depends on your network. So your IT Department will need to give you this information. Now I'm going to go ahead and fill in the information for my VPN so that we can see the rest of the process. But clearly the information that you'll fill in here will be different.
So first I'm going to need to choose which type of connection I have, either L2TP, PPTP, or IPSet. My VPN is going to work with L2TP so I'll select that one. Next I'll need to put in a description and this can be anything, I'll just call this my Office VPN. And then I'll go ahead and fill in the rest of the information for my particular VPN. Once you've filled in all of the appropriate information you just hit the Save button here and the VPN will be all set up.
So now that I've created this new VPN connection looking back at the main Settings screen there's now a VPN option under the Cellular Data option. This just a switch for my VPN connection. Whenever I need to connect using the VPN to access my secured services I can turn this on. As long as I'm connected to the VPN there will be a VPN symbol at the top of the screen next to the WiFi indicator. From here there's not much more for me to show. You should now have access to whatever secure services that your company is providing.
Maybe you need to enable VPN before you can access your email or maybe there's a specialized app that will only work when you're connected through the VPN. Either way you should now have access to those services. And when you're finished with those secured services it's a good idea to come back here and turn the VPN off, Just by hitting that switch to turn it off. And I want to do that just in case somebody else might get access to my device. And a quick note on that. If you do not have a passcode or fingerprint lock on your device, you really should set that up in general but especially if you have a VPN set up.
If somebody can steal your iPad and access your secure VPN because you don't have it locked, that can be a huge security hole. And if you ever need to remove the VPN connection settings entirely, just go back here to Settings, back to General, back to VPN, hit the little i next to that VPN, and hit the option to Delete the VPN connection. And that's it. Most people never touch the VPN settings. But if you need to connect through a VPN for your job this can be very valuable.
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