SSTP Protocol – Now Available
NordVPN is now offering an alternative VPN connection for NordVPN clients – a SSTP Protocol Connection.
What is SSTP Protocol?
Technically speaking, SSTP (Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol) – is a form of VPN tunnel that enables users to access a private network by using HTTPS. This protocol offers similar advantages to OpenVPN (i.e. the ability to utilize TCP port 443 typically used by HTTPS protocol to establish secure internet connection).
SSTP is a proprietary standard owned by Microsoft and is built in and integrated into Microsoft products. This makes it an easy to use encryption option.
To put it more simply, SSTP is a protocol that allows a connection to NordVPN servers on a built in mechanism and does not require use of any additional application.
What are the advantages of SSTP use?
- SSTP can allow traffic to pass through most firewalls and web proxies.
- Additional Microsoft Support for Microsoft products
- SSTP has a great reputation for being a secure VPN tunnelling system
- Convenience of using a built in mechanism
- SSTP tunneling can go through certain firewalls to get you connected to public internet network
- SSTP has stronger forced authentication than IPSec and has support for non IP protocols
- Suitable for online streaming, every day web browsing, P2P sharing
What are the disadvantages of SSTP use?
- NordVPN cannot vouch for a Microsoft product, or the possibility of a built in backdoor by the likes of the NSA, as it has not been independently audited (unlike OpenVPN)
- Compatible mostly with Windows-based devices, since it is owned and designed for Microsoft
- Very poor to almost no support on non-Microsoft platforms
- Does not support site-to-site VPN tunnels, unlike the PPTP and L2TP/IPsec protocols
- Prone to the TCP meltdown problem, as the performance depends on the sufficient excess bandwidth
Examples of where the SSTP Protocol can be used?
It’s a great option to use SSTP to access NordVPN on either your personal Microsoft device or at a remote location (i.e. school, office, etc) where HTTPS 443 ports are opened for internet access.
* Linux, Windows Mobile tutorials coming soon.