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Discussion in 'OS X' started by zblaxberg, Aug 5, 2007.

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    zblaxberg

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    So yesterday I was messing around on my mbp and I don't quite understand what a vpn is or what it does but anyway I went to fool around with it and now the vpn icon is in the top right corner next to the bluetooth icon...Is there a way to remove it or should i just not worry about it and leave it there. There isn't a vpn set up or anything, it's not configured and it says vpn:idle...the only option it gives me is open internet connect. Any ideas? Should I configure a vpn (considering i'm going into college)
     
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    mkrishnan

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    God, that's a random jumble of thoughts. Let's start with removing it from the menubar. Hold the Apple / Command key (the one directly on either side of the spacebar), and click and drag it off the menu bar. Then let go of the mouse button.
     
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    zblaxberg

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    that worked...now the question is do i really need a vpn...and what would be a reason why I would need it
     
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    Nermal

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    Basically it's one of those "if you don't know, then you don't need it" kind of things :)
     
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    MacsRgr8

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    Come on, alwasy nice to be educated!

    VPN (Virtual Private Network) enables you to log into another network.
    If, for instance, you're working at home, but need a file of a server that is on the network at your office.
    For security reasons you probably cannot reach that server directly, so first of all you set up a VPN connection to the office network, and then you connect to the server to get your needed file.
     
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    I was late for work :p
     

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