What is Port 443? Why do SSL VPNs make use of it?

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I am setting up a Web SSL VPN for remote access across my WAN. Can someone explain why SSL VPNs use Port 443? Can I use any other port?

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TCP port 443 is the standard TCP port that is used for website which use SSL. When you go to a website which uses the https at the beginning you are connecting to port 443. You should not use a different port number, because if you do then your users will need to enter the port number in the URL when accessing the Web SSL VPN.

You can redirect users to a non standard port without having them input the port number in the SSL VPN address by using firewall rules that direct traffic to the correct host and port.
IMHO there is no security benefit to using non-standard ports as port scans will discover any open and accessible ports.

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  • Nirav
    You can use any non-standard port you like e.g.8443. You traffic will still be encrypted as you use the SSL protocol. Most people who already have some server hosted on port 443 have to publish the SSL-VPN server on a different port.
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  • Michael Tidmarsh
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  • jim99934
    The reason is because a lot of financial and ATM transactions globally are done using port 443 and one other one.  Governments know that shutting down 443 is not possible without causing havoc to their financial markets -- therefore, vpn's exploit 443 even though they try real hard to block and or keep you out.  A good vpn will drill through the firewalls and blocks and eventually find 443 out.  
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  • mhashim
    How do I enable SSL 443 on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2?
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  • Genderhayes
    Netscape default port for mobile use encrypted even if you use a different port or protocol
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  • ClydeClyde
    Many people use VPN on port 443 simply to mask their traffic to appear as normal secure web browser traffic rather than VPN.  VPN servers/clients allow you to utilize ports of your choice. Normally, the client's port must match the server's port.
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  • Brindle
    Please provide more information about port 443.
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  • TheRealRaven
    If you want more info on port 443, submit a Google search for "port 443". You'll get all the info you can ever use. This isn't a research forum; it's a technical Q&A forum for problem solving.
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  • Meghabhardwaj
    PORT 443 provides https and tcp service and ssl vpn use web browser to get connected and needed http services.
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  • ToddGe
    I am already using Port 443 on my network for Exchange SSTP. I'd like to add a VPN server to the environment. Is there a way to deploy VPN using 444 and having that be transparent to the end user? How do you deal with it when you have multiple services all wanting to use 443 on separate physical/virtual systems need their own port forwarding at the router level?
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  • ToddN2000
    It's better to stick with the adopted standards in place today. Sure it can be done using another port but that means more work. Why reinvent the wheel...
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