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Windows Vista® Inside Out Deluxe Edition by Craig Stinson, Carl Siechert, Ed Bott

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Allowing Remote Access via a Virtual Private Network

A virtual private network (VPN) is a means of connecting to a private network (such as your office network) via a public network, such as the internet. It combines the virtues of a dedicated dial-up connection to a private, invitation-only server (the ability to use all of your network resources and protocols just as if you were connected directly to the network) with the speed and flexibility of an internet connection. By using an internet connection, you can travel worldwide and still, in most places, connect to your office from a hotel, coffee shop, library—anyplace you can connect to the internet. And you can communicate with your office at full internet speed, which is much faster than ...

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