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Cisco VPN for Android Preview Needs a New Recipe Before Release

The ability for enterprises to have employees get behind company firewalls through their Android devices has been a desire for businesses for some time now. With the introduction of Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest version of the Google-made smartphone operating system, that’s now looking possible. Cisco recently released a preview version of its Anyconnect Android app back in late February, which is currently available on the Android Marketplace. While the app may not be as advanced as a virtual private network, it is still pretty advanced.

But while every smartphone app “preview” is sure to be a little buggy, it’s safe to say that as far as telecommunications related releases in recent memory are concerned, the Anyconnect app for Android Ice Cream Sandwich takes the cake. While it shows promise for usability at some point, it doesn’t appear to be in the new future, and especially not in time for when they surely plan on releasing the final version.

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How to Setup a Simple VPN on a Linux Server

Virtual Private Networks (VPN’s) allow for users to bridge network connections using the Internet.  Such connections and setups are routinely employed by businesses in order to allow employees traveling outside of the office to connect to the same servers and services that users would typically only have access to if they were sitting inside of the building.  However, if you are running a Linux server of your own (either a remote VPS or dedicated box), you can employ the same mechanism to connect securely to your server.  Why would you want to do this?  For one, savvy users can better lock-down otherwise public services to bind to “internal” VPN IP addresses so that only users connected and authenticated to the VPN can use them.  Moreover, if you have excess allowances of bandwidth on your server, you can take advantage of the VPN to route all of your Internet traffic through your server.  There are various reasons why you would want to do this, including connecting to regionally restricted services and maintaining a static IP address.

Now, I personally recommend setting up OpenVPN if you are looking for a more secure setup.  However, users looking for a simpler option will definitely want to look into the Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP) daemon package available on pretty much every well-supported major Linux distribution as the setup process is much easier.

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