I presume you already know what a VPN is and what are the benefits of using it. But in case you are new to this field please read the brief description and benefits of VPN. In this guide we will learn about VPN, their benefits, limitations and how to configure VPN in Windows 10.
Why use a VPN?
Most of us don’t know that our home Wi-Fi can be just as same as a railway Wi-Fi network. It can be unsafe to sniff the data through. Whenever we connect to the internet we are establishing a connection through our ISP. And if we are using a public or shared network then we are becoming more vulnerable. Whatever data our ISP is filtering on a public network is becoming “PUBLIC”. Keep that in mind before accessing sensitive information.
Our ISP can track what data we are accessing, they are in control of what information we access. That is how they are blocking censored websites, illegal website and much more.
Basically, anyone in-charge of our ISP or the network we are connected through can sniff our online data. As per the “ISP Privacy Regulation” storing or viewing our personal data is against the law.
But while we are using any kind of public network or shared network the regulations are going out of the window. Without our knowledge, any cyber-criminal can steal our credit cards, bank account numbers, password or any other personal data we are sending through the internet.
A VPN in simpler term connects your PC to another more secured computer with an encrypted connection. So you can take a breather of little better security.
What is a VPN actually?
A VPN or Virtual Private Network is a highly secured encrypted server. It adds an additional layer of security to your connection keeping cybercriminals away from your data. It acts as a tunnel between you and the website you are accessing. Everything you send over internet gets encrypted and moves to the server first. Then from that server, it reaches the destination.
What are the benefits of VPN?
So to summarize what kind of benefits we get from VPN I jawed down some points. The benefits are as follows.
- VPN protects your data from snooping on public or shared Network
- VPN provides you with at least some anonymity online by hiding your IP and location.
- You can access geographically restricted data easily through your PC.
Enabling VPN in Windows 10
Like Windows 10 built in mail feature we also get some other cool features. Enabling and connecting through VPN is one of them. You do not need to use any kind of software with various adware services. Simply by adding VPN to your list, you are securing your data. You can buy your personal high-speed VPN online. Or you can get it from some of the free VPN providers such as Vpnbook or Super Free VPN.
Please Note: Premium/Pro VPNs are having more features but only use them for business or corporate purposes. It doesn't worth that much money for general surfing.
Now we will start adding our VPN in windows 10 in below steps.
- Click on your Wi-Fi network and open “Network & Internet Settings”
- Or you can open “All Settings” from “Action Center” and navigate to “Network & Internet”.
- Now select “VPN” option on the left-hand side and click on “+ Add a VPN connection” as shown in the picture.
- You will be redirected to “Add a VPN Connection” window. Fill the details here as follows.
- VPN provider: Windows (built in)
- Connection Name: My VPN (You can put any VPN name you want)
- Server name or address: euro217.vpnbook.com (your own VPN IP or address)
- VPN Type: Point to Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP)
- Type of sign-in info: User name and password
- User name: <your provided username>
- password: <your password>
- Check “Remember my sign-in info” and click on “Save”
- Your connection is saved now. Click on “Connect” to activate your secure connection.
For any additional details setup, click on “Advanced Options” button and change the setting.
Limitations of VPN
Now you are done setting up with your VPN connection. Your data will be now tunneled through your VPN server and reach the destination. But remember there are some limitations to VPNs, they are not perfect and this is true for every technology. If you are going to deploy or use a VPN in your operation or organization you should keep these below points in mind.
- The performance and dependability of an Internet-based VPN are not under your control. It is based upon the quality of service provided by your ISP and their connection Speed.
- Setting up a VPN needs a detailed understanding of network security issues and precise configuration of the hardware. So if you are thinking about setting up own VPN for your organization, hire a professional to do that job.
- Using a VPN can increase your data limit. If you are on a limited speed/usage internet connection then think twice before using a VPN. It will cost you more data and your speed will cut short (depending upon the quality of VPN).
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