BlackBerry VPN

The Blackberry is one of the most popular new smartphones on the market and works for you as a digital assistant and portable media player. Blackberry phones are very secure in general, but if you are using a public WI-FI spot then you are always open to the threat of interception or hacking. For security purposes, it is recommended that you sign up with a provider.

VPN usage on BlackBerry devices seems uncommon because of the other options available, such as making the BlackBerry part of the network so it’s already connected all the time. If your BlackBerry is on one network and the server to which you need to connect is on another, the VPN option may come in handy. Attempting to use VPN on a BlackBerry has met many users with a dead end. There is not much support for VPN on BlackBerry phones and other methods are usually recommended.

A VPN provides an encrypted tunnel between a BlackBerry device and your organization’s network. VPN is the only layer 3 security method that the BlackBerry device supports.

A VPN solution consists of a VPN client on the BlackBerry device and a VPN concentrator. The BlackBerry device can use the VPN client to authenticate with a VPN concentrator, which acts as the gateway to the enterprise Wi-Finetwork. Each BlackBerry device includes a built-in VPN client that supports several VPN concentrators. The VPN client on the BlackBerry device is designed to use strong encryption to authenticate itself with the VPN concentrator. It creates an encrypted tunnel between the BlackBerry device and VPN concentrator that the BlackBerry device and enterprise Wi-Fi network can use to communicate.

After you configure a VPN, the BlackBerry device can use layer 2 security methods to connect to the enterprise Wi-Finetwork, and use the VPN to provide authentication with the enterprise Wi-Fi network. In this scenario, you can configure the enterprise Wi-Fi network as an untrusted network, and specify that only a VPN concentrator can connect to the enterprise Wi-Fi network.

Unlike other supported security methods for enterprise Wi-Fi networks, a VPN does not use the wireless access point during data encryption.

To permit a Wi-Fi® enabled BlackBerry® device to log in to a VPN concentrator automatically after it connects to an enterprise Wi-Fi network, you or a user can configure a VPN profile that includes a user name and password for authentication with the VPN concentrator. Depending on your organization’s security policy, you or the user can save the user name and password for authentication with the VPN concentrator on the BlackBerry device. When you or the user saves the user name and password, the BlackBerry device does not prompt the user for the user name and password the first time or each time that the BlackBerry device connects to the enterprise Wi-Fi network.

The BlackBerry device is also compatible with VPN environments that use two-factor authentication using hardware tokens or software tokens for credentials. When the BlackBerry device tries to log in to the VPN, the BlackBerrydevice uses credentials that the token generates or that the user provides.

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