Basic VPN setup - Not using the cloud!

I want to be able to access data from a home pc or NAS drive which I can access via my Windows 7 laptop when I am out of the office.
Security is no 1!! I want the data to be encrypted & as secure as possible.
If my laptop is stolen, there will be NO data on it.
Everything is stored back in my office.
There is approx 20GB of data.
Just 1 tunnel needed.
Whats the most economical way to do this?
I will just be mainly pulling up Word, Excel documents.
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Larry Struckmeyer MVPCommented:
Hi:  Get a firewall/router that has a mobile VPN client.  Set a very strong pass phrase on the VPN.  Disconnect every time you finish work.  Never do ANYTHING that requires a pass phrase where there could be a man in the middle, such as a coffee shop, hotel, airport and so on.

Once the tunnel is set, RDP to the home system and work there.  Do not load anything over the tunnel, no data leaves the office.
Mal OsborneAlpha GeekCommented:
Also, consider multifactor authentication. RSA SecureId is a popular system, not a bad place to start looking.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
For home office use, I use a Cisco RV325 VPN router (entry level commercial and not expensive) and NCP Secure Entry V10 IPsec application (a bit pricey but top of class). This is all very secure.

However, working remotely over VPN over most connections will be SLOW. Why? VPN uses the slow side of DSL (500 KB/sec in most cases).

I have a working laptop (Windows 10 Pro) which I secure with the strong password and a good hard drive password. The average person who finds it would likely throw away the hard drive and start again.

You can go one step father and encrypt the drive.

I keep my laptop by my side and have never lost one in 30 years. I think having someone forcibly take it from me is fairly remote as well. My clients are honest people.

So I would use a laptop, encrypt the data on it, and work efficiently, not slowly over RDP.
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crangle22Author Commented:
thanks lads for the tips. John, can you recommend encryption software like bitlocker?
whatever is easiest to install & configure & not too expensive!
Also the cisco router is a bit pricey in euros. it's just for 1 user. anything cheaper that might do the job as well??
Same question Larry as your solution is also very promising.
Will check your info in more detail later Malmensa! Looks a bit expensive & complicated!
Mal OsborneAlpha GeekCommented:
Yep, multifactor authentication is expensive for a single user, and most often overkill. Having said that, it is what large companies with high security requirements tend to use.

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crangle22Author Commented:
thanks lads.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@crangle22 - You are very welcome and I was happy to help.
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