A Secure Socket Layer virtual private network (SSL VPN) differs from the usual Internet Protocol Security VPN in that it can be used within a standard web browser. Therefore, the end user doesn’t need to install a specialized software on their computer.
An SSL VPN allows remote users access to restricted network resources via secure pathways. Network traffic is encrypted, so the user will appear to be on the local network, no matter where they are actually located.
The SSL VPN also differs from a standard VPN because it works with a VPN protocol group that includes OpenVPN, SoftEther and SSTP.
These 3 protocols are the best VPN protocols to works in China, the United Arab Emirates (especially Dubai) and Saudi Arabia.
OpenVPN is an SSL VPN open-source software application that uses VPN techniques to create a secure connection between sites. The OpenVPN security protocol uses SSL for the key exchange (IKE). The advantages of an OpenVPN include portability, ease of configuration, compatibility with NAT, and dynamic addresses.
SSTP, or Secure Socket Tunnelling Protocol, is another form of SSL VPN that provides a means of transporting L2TP or PPP traffic through an SSL channel. SSTP provides the highest level of data security and safety. SSTP also offers high accessibility as it mimics a normal HTTP connection, which typically cannot be banned. This makes SSTP the best VPN option for China.
SoftEther is another SSL VPN and a good alternative to OpenVPN. SoftEther is a free, cross platform, open source VPN solution. It employs strategies such as parallel transmission that can reduce latency and increase throughput. SoftEther is based on HTTPS, which means it is permitted by almost every firewall. This is the main advantage of SoftEther over other VPN options.
The industry-leading AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client is a modular endpoint software product. It not only provides VPN access through Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and IPsec IKEv2 but also offers enhanced security through various built-in modules. These modules provide services such as compliance through the VPN with ASA or through wired, wireless, and VPN with Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE), web security along side Cisco Cloud Web Security, network visibility into endpoint flows within Stealthwatch, or off-network roaming protection with Cisco Umbrella. AnyConnect clients are available across a broad set of platforms, including Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android, Windows Phone/Mobile, BlackBerry, and ChromeOS. Read more
OpenConnect is an open-source software application for connecting to virtual private networks (VPN), which implement secure point-to-point connections.
It was originally written as an open-source replacement for Cisco's proprietary AnyConnect SSL VPN client, which is supported by several Cisco routers. As of 2013, the OpenConnect project also offers an AnyConnect-compatible server, ocserv, and thus offers a full client-server VPN solution. Read more