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Default gateway TCP/IP (VPN)

By Kymmie ·
Hi,

I have discovered that while in a vpn session, if the "use default gateway for remote network" is unchecked found in the advanced tcp/ip settings for my vpn connection I can surf the Internet.

By unchecking this am I exposing my remote network? If not, why has Microsoft set it to be checked by default?

Thanks.

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by scottdo10 In reply to Default gateway TCP/IP (V ...

Yes you are exposing it if someone were to get hack your machine. You can browse the internet, but also someone to get to and from your machine. So if you are connected VPN with the use default gateway unchecked someone can possibly get on your machine and then have full access to the remote network. I always recommend to leave it checked, VPN in and do what you have to and if you need to browse disconnect.

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by Kymmie In reply to Default gateway TCP/IP (V ...

If unchecking this is not secure, then is there software that can allow a user to be in a vpn and still use the Internet? (W9x, and Windows 2000 Professional)

I would appreciate any feedback. Thanks.

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by Kymmie In reply to Default gateway TCP/IP (V ...

Thanks,

What about if the user has a hardware firewall in place? Will having that make any difference in your opinion to check or uncheck this box?

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by Kymmie In reply to Default gateway TCP/IP (V ...

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by scottdo10 In reply to Default gateway TCP/IP (V ...

Sorry I hadn't seen your next comment until now. Any firewall makes a huge difference because that eliminates the inbound traffic from the internet to the machine that would be the security breach when using VPN. Even if Hardware wasn't in place Iwould recommend using a personal firewall on the machines having VPN.

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by Kymmie In reply to Default gateway TCP/IP (V ...

Thanks for your opinion. Do you have any thoughts on my second comment?

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