A Virtual Private Network (VPN) can add an additional layer of security and privacy to your Virtual Desktop other than changing the (geo)location of the system. However, when all your network traffic is routed through a VPN, you might encounter difficulties accessing local network services or remote desktop services like RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) or NoMachine. That's where split tunneling comes in.
Split tunneling allows you to route only specific traffic through the VPN while letting other traffic directly access the internet. This way, you can access public and private networks simultaneously, which is especially useful for remote management services that need to stay on the default route. Here's a guide on how to use a VPN in split tunneling mode:
Step 1: Choose a VPN Provider that Supports Split Tunneling
Not all VPN providers offer split tunneling as a feature. So, the first step is to choose a VPN service that does. NordVPN, ExpressVPN, and CyberGhost are examples of services that support split tunneling.
Step 2: Install and Set Up the VPN Client
After you've chosen your provider, download and install the VPN client on your Virtual Desktop. Once installed, log into the client using your VPN credentials.
Step 3: Enable Split Tunneling
Most VPNs that support split tunneling will have a settings or preferences section where you can enable it. This will usually be a checkbox or toggle switch labelled 'Split Tunneling', 'Selective Routing' or similar.
Step 4: Configure Your Split Tunneling Settings
Once enabled, you'll need to specify which applications or IP addresses you want to route through the VPN. All other traffic will use your standard internet connection.
- For Applications: If you want only specific applications to use the VPN, add them to the list (each VPN client will have its own way of managing this). These could be web browsers, torrent clients, or any other application that handles sensitive data.
- For IP Addresses: If you want to route traffic to specific IP addresses through the VPN, you can typically add these to a list of IPs in the VPN client settings.
Step 5: Save Your Settings and Connect
After you've configured your split tunneling settings, save them, and connect to your chosen VPN server.
Remember, for remote management services like RDP or NoMachine, ensure they are not included in the VPN route to avoid any connection issues.
By implementing split tunneling on your VPN, you can enjoy the benefits of a secure private connection for your sensitive data and applications, while maintaining direct access to your local network services and remote management tools.