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What is VPN and how to set it up on your PC?

VPN or Virtual Private Network helps people to connect to the internet using their mobiles of tablets anonymously. VPN companies use dedicated servers for this purpose which encrypts the traffic between the user and the internet. Today, we are going to walk you through the basics of VPN and how to set up one for your own home network. So let’s get started.

Some common questions about VPN

  • Why should you use a VPN Network?

In today’s world, data is the most precious element. Whatever you do on the internet is related to your personal data. Advertising companies use this information to set up trackers in your browser which are used to serve targeted advertisements across the internet. Even your local ISP networks might not be as secure as you think them to be. In order to stay protected online, we would recommend you to use a VPN network !

  • Is VPN Paid ?

Most of the popular VPN services are paid and you need to pay money in order to use them. The cost is justified in the sense those companies too have their own servers and they have to cover the cost of running those. A typical web server consumes way more electrical energy than our local computers or PC’s. The cost involves man power, electricity and infrastructure. However, not all of them are paid and some are free to use with fair limitations. One of the most popular free VPN software is Proton VPN, they are not sponsors but their free VPN is quite well for most of the users.

However, we don’t recommend using Free VPN services as quite often these companies have been found to sell their user’s data to 3rd parties to cover their expenses. You can use any paid VPN service to keep yourself secure on the internet.

  • How can I get a free to use VPN?

Most major tech companies provide their employees free VPN software which protects their online privacy. If you are in any of the corporate, you can ask your company for a free VPN software.

  • Can Local ISP’s track our online activity?

Most of the modern websites use SSL 256 bit encryption which means any data you enter on these websites, won’t be visible to your ISP. However, each website has an unique IPV4 address for their server. For eg, if you type in 216.239.32.10, in your browser, you will go to Google.com. This data can be monitored by your ISP.

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How to set up a VPN connection?

You can follow these steps on your Windows PC to set up a new VPN connection. Follow Microsoft Website for more information.

  1. Select the Start  button, then select Settings  > Network & Internet  > VPN > Add a VPN connection.
  2. In Add a VPN connection, do the following:
    • For VPN provider, choose Windows (built-in).
    • In the Connection name box, enter a name you’ll recognize (for example, My Personal VPN). This is the VPN connection name you’ll look for when connecting.
    • In the Server name or address box, enter the address for the VPN server. 
    • For VPN type, choose the type of VPN connection you want to create. You’ll need to know which kind of VPN connection your company or VPN service uses.
    • For Type of sign-in info, choose the type of sign-in info (or credentials) to use. This might be a username and password, one-time password, certificate, or a smart card if you’re connecting to a VPN for work. Enter your username and password in the respective boxes (if required).
  3. Select Save.
  4. If you need to edit the VPN connection info or specify additional settings, such as proxy settings, choose the VPN connection and then select Advanced options.

If you need any more help you can watch out latest video on YouTube as well.

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