Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is arguably the most widely used VPN protocol that doesn’t just play nicely with web apps but is pretty much designed around the notion of having a healthy developer community.

That is to say: SSL is all about utilizing web apps in a secure digital environment – it’s a big part of the reason that environment is even considered secure in the first place.

While many VPN protocols can technically be used in conjunction with all kinds of web apps, they almost never are due to security concerns. More specifically, some of the standards out there simply have no business being used in a modern browsing environment. L2TP and PPTP are both examples of such largely obsolete protocols that continue to enjoy some degree of popularity to this date.

However, it would be unfair to go with a blanket statement along the lines of “just don’t use L2TP/PPTP, duh.” Real-life scenarios tend to get mind-numbingly complex, mind-numbingly fast, so just be on your guard if you see a VPN provider still actively supporting such obsolete tech.

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