Set up a VPN in Windows

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The need to maintain one’s privacy while browsing the internet has been recognized as something worth protecting in today’s world. It’s not simply because people want to keep their activity private, as should be the case, but because there are those that spy on others’ activity and even steal their identity. The internet is full of identity thieves and other activity trackers, which include government agencies.

Therefore, using a VPN while you are using the internet from your system is really important. Since Windows is the most widely used operating system, we discuss how you can create and use a VPN on your Windows machine. Microsoft’s new regime in Windows 10 of storing a lot of personal information of users on its servers doesn’t help the user’s cause, so it’s essential you take this matter seriously.

Setting up a VPN in Windows

Windows 7

  1. Click on Start and enter VPN in the search bar
  2. Select ‘Set up a virtual private network (VPN)’ from the results
  3. Populate the fields properly. The Internet Address field is to be filled with your domain name, and the destination name field can have any name that you wish to give your VPN
  4. You’ll find an option ‘Don’t connect’ in the wizard. Select it if you just want to create the VPN but not connect to it immediately
  5. Enter your username and password in the new window. You can also leave it blank, in which case you’ll be prompted for them later
  6. All that is left for you to do now is to click on ‘Connect’ to start using your VPN

Windows 10

Before following the steps provided below, you need to have the credentials to access the server.

  1. Login as administrator
  2. Click on Start -> Places -> Settings
  3. A few options will appear. Choose Network & Sharing
  4. Find and click on VPN on the left side pane
  5. To add a new VPN, click on ‘+’
  6. When you click on ‘Add a VPN Connection’, a form will appear in front of you with different fields on it. You will need to enter the correct details in these fields
  7. There will be a check-box labelled ‘Remember my sign-in info’. Selecting it will save your username and password so that you don’t need to enter it every time you connect to the VPN. However, in case you are using a public computer or a shared system, it is recommended that you don’t select this box.
  8. After following steps 1-7, your VPN will have been created. You can find it listed in the Networks menu, and simply click on it to connect to it and start using it
  9. You will be able to see three buttons under the name of your VPN. These buttons are for connecting to the VPN, deleting it, or making changes to it.

Conclusion

We discussed in this article how you can setup a VPN on your Windows 7 and Windows 10 systems. The process of setting up a VPN in Windows 8 is almost identical to the process for setting it up on Windows 10. With the help of this guide, you can setup a VPN on your Windows system to keep yourself protected from online threats while you browse the internet.

VPNs not only keep your activity and identity hidden and safe, they also provide for a secure communication channel over which you can share sensitive information like passwords and bank account details without any problem. Windows in itself is not the most secure operating system by any means, so any help you can get to keep your system and the data stored on it protected should be used.

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