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Isn’t PPTP less secure than IPSec?

The way PPTP was designed makes it easier for a hacker to guess your password. The best way to prevent this is to use a password phrase that has two or more words in it. Examples of these kinds of passwords would be “my car is a 77 Ford”, “I work downtown”, or “fish and chips”. It’s more difficult for hackers to deal with sentences than single words due to the way the attacks are performed.

PPTP (Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol) is a technology for creating VPN’s developed jointly by Microsoft Corporation, U.S. Robotics, and several remote access vendor companies, known collectively as the PPTP Forum. With PPTP, users can dial in their VPN’s. PPTP is essentially encrypted PPP. PPP allows you to tunnel across a point to point link. Good points: Windows, OS X, iPhone will work out of the box, Easy to configure. Bad points: Early Microsoft’s implementation has been criticized for being poorly designed and not particularly secure. Moreover, its easy to block.

We do offer PPTP and IPSec/L2TP for Mobile Devices.


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