You have a brand-new startup and you’d like to keep your activities secret from prying eyes. You’ve heard of the importance of keeping ones’ identity secret at a corporate level, and you’d like to apply that to your personal life, as well. How can you do that? You may be asking yourself this question after reading the titles of some of our more popular blogs, now that we’re starting to see some content on the subject. If so, then welcome! We’re going to tell you exactly what you need to do to connect to PureVPN at startup.
Pick A Suitable Data Center
Think of a data center as a warehouse or industrial building that provides you with resources to run your devices. The building itself may be large enough to accommodate multiple floors with racks of server rooms and switches, as well as a variety of other networking gear. Depending on your requirements, the data center may have several hundred kilowatts of power supply capacity, plus a cooling system to keep the temperatures low.
If you plan on paying for Internet access with your own funds, then you have the option of picking a suitable location based on your budget. If you can afford to pay for the service, then picking a data center in a country where network neutrality is supported may be a good choice. When traveling to a different country, you’re going to incur additional international data fees for each day you spend online. However, you may be able to find a suitable data center in your home country, if you check out the list of some of the well-known providers in this space.
Now, if you’re wondering where to put all of this, you may want to consider putting it in a warehouse. This provides you with some degree of protection from physical damage, as well as the theft of equipment, given that it’s not easily accessible to anyone who isn’t supposed to have access to it. If you do choose this option, make sure that you bring your own lock and secure the door, so that even those who have the key can’t get in without your permission.
Install The Software
Now that you have a data center chosen and secured, it’s time to move onto the next step of connecting to PureVPN. First off, you’re going to need to make sure that you have the correct software installed on each device that you will be using to connect to the VPN. As we mentioned above, a data center probably already has most of the software needed for connecting to VPNs, but it’s still worth double-checking.
On the macOS platform, you can find the VPN app from Apple, which handles all of the intricacies of connecting to a VPN for you. This makes it super simple to install and use. Once you’ve installed it on your computer, you can authorize it with your passphrase in the Settings app, and you’re good to go. From now on, all your Internet traffic, whether it’s private or public, will be protected by the security of a VPN.
On the Linux platform, you can use the OpenVPN client which is one of the most popular and established open-source VPN clients. You can download it from their official website and install it on your computer. As with other open-source software, you’ll need to look out for updates after the initial installation and make sure that your software is always up to date, so that you have the full functionality of a working VPN. For an intermediate Linux user, this may be a decent option.
Configure The VPN
Once you’ve installed the software on your devices, it’s time to configure the VPN. First, you’re going to need to generate a new VPN configuration file for OpenVPN. This can be done either through the Settings app on your iOS device, or through the VPN app, if you use macOS. For instance, on the macOS version of the VPN app, go to Preferences, then click on the “+” icon, and select the option to generate a new configuration file. You’ll need to choose a name for the configuration file and ensure that the file is encrypted.
Now that you have a configuration file ready, you can import it into the VPN app. OpenVPN uses a technique called “dot-less DNS”, which is a way of encrypting domain names instead of having to go through Internet addresses, like “google.com”, when you try to visit a site. You can use the.onion variants of the domains to create a more anonymous connection, but dot-less DNS is still a great feature to have and makes using a VPN much more comfortable, especially when traveling, or when connecting from a public place, like a hotel.
One of the most useful features that Apple provides in its VPN app is the ability to manage your finances. Specifically, you can authorize up to three different payment methods for online purchases, with a billing address and a shipping address. Most VPNs provide similar functionalities to their users via a third-party app, but they don’t integrate it into the main app, so it can be somewhat tricky to find. Once you’ve found the app again, it’s still possible to change the addresses for your billing and shipping, as well as to add another payment method if needed. This makes it simple to connect to a VPN and purchase things online, without worrying about misplacing your credit card or having to go through the slow process of entering your payment details, over and over again.
Use The VPN
Once you’ve authorized your finances and configured the VPN, it’s time to use it. First off, you’ll want to make sure that you’ve enabled remote login on your devices. This is usually done through the setup wizard that is presented when you first connect to the WiFi network of a hotel, airport, or other public locations, where you may not want to be connected to the Internet without permission. Once you’ve done that, it’s time to use the VPN and log in to your account, as needed, to do your work. You’ll find that the VPN slows down your Internet connection, but as long as you aren’t doing anything that requires high download or upload speeds, then it’s all worth it.