Cisco AnyConnect Reviews

Disgusting.

Negative Review by JohnFastman
about Cisco AnyConnect and OpenVPN Jan 2017

Cisco AnyConnect is a proprietary app that let's users connect to a VPN service.

Many universities use this as part of a service they pay for from Cisco. Therefore, public institutions unnecessarily rely on this closed-source app for their own students, teachers and researchers to connect to their own public university's network. This doesn't just amount to handing control to a private corporation, thereby privatizing public money. It also is a potential security and privacy vulnerability, since [Cisco have been a long-term target of the NSA spying program](https://arstechnica.com/security/2016/08/cisco-con/home/pigfish/Pictures/simon.pngfirms-nsa-linked-zeroday-targeted-its-firewalls-for-years/ ). It also doesn't work well on Linux.

There is nothing wrong with supporting free and open source solutions like [OpenVPN](Small OpenVPN iconOpenVPN), which are used the world over. These don't put taxpayer's money into the hands of private company. If you're an administrator at a university and/or you have influence over the policies over how your school/university handles VPN connections, please urge higher-ups to reject Cisco. Support solutions instead for which we can check the code and which doesn't privatize public money.

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