What is a Virtual Private Network
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a service that creates an encrypted connection between your computer and the internet. A VPN will mask your location by hiding your IP address and using one from anywhere else in the world.
People use VPN connections to protect their computer when connected to a public Wi-Fi network or to improve internet security and make it harder for others to track them. People may also use VPNs to circumvent local restrictions, such as accessing their favorite services when on holiday.
Read below how to set up a manual VPN configuration.
How to set up a VPN
First, you must set up a VPN profile on your PC. You can download a VPN app from various app stores or set up a work account and get a VPN from your company. There are many different VPNs ranging from free to quite expensive, so it is worth looking around to see which VPN best suits your needs. Use the instructions below to add a VPN connection.
- Click on Start ⊞ and select Settings.
- Click on Network and internet and select Add VPN.
- Use the drop-down for VPN provider to select Windows (built-in).
- Enter your preferred name into the Connection name box.
- Enter the address for the VPN server in the Server name or address box.
- Use the drop-down for VPN type to choose the type of VPN connection you would like to create in the VPN type box. You will need to obtain the relevant VPN connection settings from your VPN service.
- Use the drop-down for Type of sign-in info to choose your sign-in preference.
- Fill out the Username and Password boxes if needed.
How to connect to a VPN
- Click on the Network icon on the right side of your taskbar.
- Click on the VPN connection.
- Under the VPN connection, select Connect. If the VPN section in Settings opens, select the VPN connection there, then select Connect.
- Enter your security sign-in information as prompted.
Note: If you purchase a VPN, it may come with an application or client that you can use to connect without manually configuring a connection.