The world of remote workplace technology just got a little more complicated. Now that virtual private networks (VPNs) are available on the market, employees have multiple options when it comes to connecting to their office network from afar. While many companies will tell you that you need to choose between being secure and being able to access your corporate network, that isn’t necessarily true. You can have both if you use the right VPN protocol, configure the device correctly, and use strong passwords.
These settings can be tricky to navigate, so let’s take a look at how to turn off and on a VPN connection.
Turning Off a VPN Connection
Most companies make it really easy to connect to their VPN. All you have to do is open the app, type in the credentials, and you’re good to go. But sometimes, you might want to turn off your VPN connection for a little while if you’re on a public network or want to access different resources on your corporate network. This might be tricky with a default setting, but with a little bit of know-how, you can configure your device to turn off your VPN connection automatically when you connect to a public network or when you change workplace routers. Here’s how.
Go to your VPN’s settings page on your device. You’ll see a list of all the connections that you’ve recently made. Most VPNs will have a setting that will allow you to turn on and off the connection whenever you like. To stop the connection from automatically renewing, go to the settings page and uncheck the option to “keep this connection” whenever you connect to a public network. This will stop your VPN from automatically reconnecting whenever you change workplaces or if you connect to a public network.
Remember: you’ll need to reconnect to your VPN manually if you switch workplaces or reconnect to a public network. And even if you uncheck the option to “keep this connection”, your VPN will still remember your preference. If you want to turn off your VPN connection entirely, you’ll need to delete the account and create a new one. When you create a new account, you’ll have to confirm your email and choose a strong password. You’ll also need to make sure that your organization has accepted the new account by contacting support.
Turning On a VPN Connection
Once you’ve turned off your VPN connection on your device, you need to turn it back on. To do this, you’ll need to perform the initial setup process and enter the credentials for your VPN. To make things easier for you, most VPNs will have a quick setup option that allows you to connect to your organization’s network without entering any complex information. If this is the case, simply choose that option and follow the on-screen instructions. Your VPN will then connect to your network and you can access the resources you need. To secure your network, you can choose to encrypt all traffic using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) or Transport Layer Security (TLS). This will encrypt all the data that you send over the network to keep your personal information safe and to ensure that no one can listen to or access your communications. If you’re not sure what these options mean, check out this detailed guide to learn more about SSL and TLS encryption protocols and how they work.
Once you’ve turned on your VPN connection, you can use it as you normally would. Your device will remember the settings you made when you previously connected to the VPN, so you’ll be accessing the network as usual. To disconnect from the network, simply turn off your device and delete the VPN connection. Remember: you’ll need to reconnect to your VPN manually if you disconnect from the network or change workmates. To turn off the VPN connection entirely, delete the account and create a new one. When you create a new account, you’ll have to confirm your email and choose a strong password. You’ll also need to make sure that your organization has accepted the new account by contacting support.
Now that you know how to turn off and on a VPN connection, you can use this skill to your advantage. You can stop your VPN from automatically connecting whenever you connect to a public network or change workplaces. And you can turn your VPN connection back on when you need it. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, so you can see how these settings can also come in handy when you’re on the go.