Windows 8 VPN features

Whether you're in the office or working from home, you need to be able to remotely access sometimes multiple systems in a secure but efficient manner. At the same time, enterprises need an operating system that will perform while enabling employees to share resources.

This is made easy with Windows 8, which comes with built-in Virtual Private Network (VPN) support. A VPN adds security by encrypting your internet traffic, protecting company data while enabling enterprises to remotely access systems such as home networks on the move.

Easy sign in

One of Windows 8's newer features is the ability to trigger VPN connections through an app. When you automatically trigger VPN connections this way, Windows 8 will automatically prompt you to sign in with one click.

Available across devices

In an environment dominated by multiple, disparate devices, it's also important that features work across hardware. Windows 8's VPN features are built into soon-to-launch Windows Phone 8.1 too, so it can be used on smartphones and tablets as well as desktops and laptops.

The VPN in Windows 8 is also optimised to use with touch devices. This makes creating a VPN connection and linking to corporate networks fast and easy.

Simple and secure

The VPN connection icon appears in 'View Available Networks' alongside other network connections; and creating a VPN profile only requires the server information. The Windows operating system automatically discovers authentication methods and tunnels when it connects, providing a seamless experience for creating a VPN.

Creating and using VPN connections

You can create VPN connections using the 'PC Settings' panel in Windows 8.1. It's also possible to configure them in detail and remove them when you no longer need to use them. Using 'PC Settings' it is also possible to change anything about a VPN connection you have added in Windows 8.

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