Virtual private networks (VPNs) can offer an additional layer of security and privacy. Whether or not you are using a Wi-Fi network, or you are worried about privacy in general, a VPN can offer a lot of benefits.
In a nutshell, a VPN establishes a secure, encrypted connection between your device and a private server. Of course, the VPN itself can still see your traffic, which is why you should choose a VPN from a company you trust. (A good rule of thumb is to avoid free VPNs, because they are not charging you a fee, they may be monetizing in some less desirable way.) In addition, law enforcement can get your hands on your information through the VPN company , However, for the most part, a VPN offers you a way to hide your online activity from others.
Note that getting a VPN is only one of the measures you can take to make your web browsing more secure. Others include enabling two-factor authentication and using a password manager.
In addition to their security benefits, VPNs can come in handy when you're trying to access sensitive information, or if you're traveling to Europe and want to stream Netflix or Amazon Prime allowed only in the US. VPNs can come in handy when they are trying to access sensitive information
At home, you can set up your VPN through your router, which will take any individual configuration; it can therefore slow down all traffic that goes through. However, for this article, we are going to concentrate on VPN apps that you can load on your laptop or phone so that you can use the Internet safely away from your home base.
Most VPN apps that support the OpenVPN protocol, making it a simple matter of allowing the app to access the settings for you. Mac OS, Chrome OS, Windows 1
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Setting up a VPN on Windows 10
The first step is to create a VPN profile which you'll fill this VPN service.
Click on the Windows button, then head into Settings> Network & Internet> VPN. Click on Add a VPN connection.
In the fields on the page, select Windows (built-in) for your VPN provider. Give your VPN a name and Connection name. Enter the server name or address, the VPN type, and the type of sign-in info.
Add a user name and password for extra security (this is optional, but recommended).
To Save to your VPN, go back to Settings> Network & Internet> VPN. Click on your VPN name.
If you want, you can select Advanced Options to edit the connection properties, clear your sign-in info, or set up a VPN proxy.
Select Connect and enter a password
Setting up a VPN on Chrome OS
To get a VPN on Chrome OS, you can go to the Chrome Web Store to Google Play store (if your Chromebook is set up for you) and get a VPN app from there, or download one from a VPN's site. Either way, your VPN app should prompt you with instructions on how to fully set it up.
If you need to do it manually, you can. Chrome has native support for L2TP / IPsec and OpenVPN. To install a VPN:
Click on the connection in the lower right corner of your screen, and click on Settings.
Click on Add connection and then on OpenVPN / L2TP
Add all the information necessary, which may include server hostname, service name, provider type, pre-shared key, username and password. You can save your identity and password if you want. Click on Connect.
Some VPNs, especially those issued from a workplace, demand a certificate, which you will need to import first. If that's something that's required:
Head to chrome: // settings / certificates
Go to the Authorities tab.
Setting up a VPN in MacOS
As the other formats here, there are apps that help you through the setup process automatically, but you can do it yourself manually.
To start, head into System Preferences and then dive into Network.
From there, the process is straightforward. Click the Plus button on the bottom left, and use the Interface drop-down menu to choose VPN. You will need the VPN Type and Service Name.
Click on the Create button. Fill out the server address, remote ID and local ID in the appropriate fields. Click on Authentication Settings.
Setting up a VPN in iOS
Setting up a VPN.
Click OK and Connect.
Setting up a VPN on an iOS device is fairly simple. Again, if you download an app from the App Store, it should automatically configure settings for you. Here's how to do it manually, though:
Just head into Settings and tap on General.
Scroll down to select VPN (the iPhone wants to say you're currently connected to one or not).
Tap on Add VPN Configuration and then on Type to select a security protocol.
Go back to the Add Configuration screen, where you will add the VPN's description, server, remote ID and local ID.
Enter your username and password. You can use a proxy if you want to.
Tap Done You want to get back to the VPN screen. Toggle the status switch to on.
Setting up a VPN in Android
Like iOS, setting up a VPN on an Android device should not be too difficult. Here's the manual process if you're not letting an app automatically configure things for you.
Head into Settings> Network & Internet> Advanced> VPN (you should see a little key icon). If you do not see Network & Internet in the Settings menu (which may happen depending on your Android overlay), then do a search within Settings for VPN. Press the Add button.
If you want to set this up on a new phone, or if you have not got a screen lock or password, Google will promptly. Do so.
Now create your VPN profile. Add the VPN name, type, and server address. Click on Save.
You'll be taken back to the VPN screen, where you should now see the name of your VPN. Tap on it, and put in your name and password. You can also choose to save your account information, and you can make the VPN always on. Click on Connect.
Enter the VPN name, type, server address, username, and password.
Then, save. You're done!
Once you've got your VPN up and running, you might find it's not quite as good as it is. Stronger encryption, or more users connected to one VPN, can slow down your internet speeds.
League of Legends screen lag might be absurd. But that's not a big problem compared to the security that you've added.
And anyway, now you know how to set up a VPN, toggling it off is easy in comparison. You just have to remember to do it.
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