One of the best things about using a VPN on your Windows PC is the simplicity of doing business while traveling or being away from home. You can easily check the status of your VPN connection from anywhere, at any time – even if you are offline – simply by entering the TOS URL into your web browser. That’s all there is to it.
The TOS URL
If you’re new to VPNs, the technical overview section of your contract – also known as the terms of service – is the place to start. These are basically the rules and regulations that you must comply with in order to connect to the VPN and use its services. Typically, these URLs are extremely short and sweet, consisting of either a HTTP or HTTPS URL that begins with “t” (such as “tprivates.com” or “tresorit.com”).
You must accept the terms of service in order to connect to and use a VPN. Sometimes, these URLs are found on websites that you visit while connected to the VPN, while others are provided in an email or text message from the VPN provider. Regardless, you must click through them in order to continue using the service.
The URLs are incredibly useful because they provide a way for you to instantly check the status of your VPN connection from anywhere at any time. Even if you are offline, you can simply load the URL into a web browser and get an immediate answer to whether or not you are connected to the VPN.
What Is an HTTPS Connection?
You may be wondering what exactly an HTTPS connection is and how it is different to a plain old HTTP connection. What Is an https?:
- It’s an abbreviation for the Hypertext Transfer Protocol, which is a communications protocol that allows for data to be transferred over a secure connection.
- HTTPS is the open-source equivalent of “https://”
- HTTPS connections are more secure than HTTP connections because they use a secure protocol (HTTPS) in order to transfer data.
So, how do you know if an HTTPS connection is secure? The best way to find out is by visiting the URL in your web browser and looking at the address bar – if it begins with “https://” then you know that you are connected to a secure connection and can therefore trust the content that you are viewing.
Importing Your VPN Config
Every VPN connection is different and needs to be configured a little bit differently. However, once you have connected to the VPN, you can use the IP address that was assigned to you to access the VPN’s configuration page in your web browser. This page will usually have a section where you can enter a username and password – these are used by the VPN to identify you on the network and log you into your account.
If you are trying to use a VPN in a public place, it is imperative that you protect your privacy. Never share your username and password with anyone, especially online. As tempting as it is to save these credentials for use later, it is incredibly easy for them to be stolen by hackers.
To protect your privacy, it is recommended that you create a separate username and password for each VPN connection that you make. That way, if someone does manage to steal your current IP address, they will only be able to access your VPN account with your permission – not the whole network.
How Do I Log Out Of My VPN?
When you are finished using the VPN, you must log out. This will disconnect you from the VPN and any connected services such as your web browser or email client. Before you log out, you can configure your VPN so that it automatically disconnects after a period of inactivity.
To log out of your VPN, simply follow these steps:
- Open the VPN software
- Select “Settings” from the menu
- Click “Options” at the bottom of the page
- Select “Logout” from the menu
- Click “Logout” to confirm
This will disconnect you from the VPN and any connected services.
What Is A VPN Kill Switch?
Some VPNs come with a “kill switch”, which is basically a feature that allows you to shut down all the devices that are connected to your VPN connection. If your VPN connection is suddenly shut down or disconnected, the devices that were connected to it – such as your web browser, email client or other apps – will no longer be accessible through that connection. You can use the VPN kill switch to prevent any accidental disconnects from happening while you are away from your device.
However, this feature should not be used lightly because it will make your device unusable if you lose or damage the VPN connection. In these cases, it is better to just reconnect to the VPN than to use the kill switch because things can easily be fixed once you get back online.
Some VPNs allow you to choose which devices should be connected to the connection when it is opened – this is called “auto-connect” and is usually enabled by default. If you have any devices that you do not want connected automatically when the VPN is opened (such as your web browser or email client), you must disable auto-connect and connect to the VPN manually whenever you want to use those devices. Disabling auto-connect is easy – just go to the VPN’s settings page and change the setting from “Auto-connect” to “Manual”. This will prevent any accidental disconnects while also allowing you to choose which devices you want to connect to the VPN when you open it.
How Do I Browse The Web With Privilege While On The Go?
Let’s say that you have a corporate VPN connection that you use at home to access business websites and online services that you need for your job. While it is convenient to be able to access all of these sites and services from anywhere, you must realize that you are not actually in control of what sites and services you are able to access while connected to the VPN. In other words, even if you think that your job title provides you with access to everything, this could be restricted by your employer.
If you are in this situation and want to be able to browse the web with privilege while on the go, you have two options. The first is to find a way to get around the restrictions that your employer places on the VPN. The second is to use a VPN that provides a whitelist of allowed websites and services. The best VPNs for this purpose are those that are capable of performing DNS leak protection and can be configured to block known malware websites and protect your personal data while you are online – this is also known as a “clean VPN”.
How Do I Backup And Restore My VPN Config?
It is essential that you back up your VPN config (the settings page that was generated when you first connected to the VPN) whenever you make any changes. This can be done by copying the VPN config file to another location (such as a thumb drive or email). You can also configure your VPN to automatically back up the file whenever it is changed – this can be done from the VPN’s settings page.
Restoring a VPN config file is also easy – just copy it back from the backup location to the device that you use to access the internet. Restoring a VPN config file is usually more convenient than doing it manually because most VPNs are configured to automatically connect with the last backup that was performed – this makes things much simpler.
Backups and restores are not only useful for keeping your VPN config in case of a problem – they are also a great way to ensure that you always have the most recent version of the config file whenever you need it. This is important because if you are connecting to a VPN that is not the latest version, you will see errors or unexpected behaviors when you attempt to use the service.
Why Should I Use A VPN?
If you are reading this, it means that you are either: