A VPN (Virtual Private Network) service allows you to securely access public Wi-Fi networks while preserving your personal data. With a VPN, your computer or network connection is considered to be inside a private network where you can access all the resources connected to the VPN. This article will teach you how to configure a VPN in Windows 10.
Why Do I Need A VPN Service On My Windows PC?
Whether you use public Wi-Fi often while traveling or at a coffee shop, or you just want to prevent other people on your local network from tampering with your personal data while browsing the web, you’ll need a VPN on your PC. For example, if someone else on your local network were to gain access to your email account or other sensitive information, you’d notice because your emails or other data wouldn’t be encrypted when traveling or online.
You can also use a VPN to prevent your personal data from being stored by websites you visit in the clear. If you don’t want your internet history to be stored by a certain website, you can use a VPN to log in to that site and prevent any sensitive information from being stored. For example, if you visit a banking website while connected to a VPN, your password won’t be sent in the clear over the internet and could potentially be safer. This way, even if an attacker somehow gains access to your email account or other sensitive information, they won’t be able to use it to steal your financial data.
How Do I Install And Use A VPN On My Windows PC?
There are several ways to install and use a VPN on your Windows PC. You can download and run a local VPN client, configure your router to forward VPN requests, or get a dedicated IP that can be used with a VPN.
If you want to use a VPN regularly and don’t have the time to manually configure your router each time you connect to a public Wi-Fi network, you can download and install a dedicated VPN app for your Windows PC or mobile device. There are several great dedicated VPN apps for Windows that can be used to automatically configure your VPN and connect to a public Wi-Fi network whenever you launch the app or connect to Wi-Fi. After you launch the app, you can click the lock icon to access your VPN settings and easily connect to a Wi-Fi network.
Some VPN services are available on mobile devices as well and can be used to securely access your data while traveling. If you’re unable to install a dedicated app for some reason, you can also use a VPN service that supports Windows 10’s built-in VPN client. The advantage of using a dedicated app vs. using Windows 10’s built-in VPN client is that you don’t have to keep launching the app to access your VPN settings whenever you connect to a public Wi-Fi network. You can simply click the lock icon in the app and your VPN will be configured and ready to use whenever you connect to a public Wi-Fi network.
As a safety precaution while connected to public Wi-Fi networks, you may want to use a VPN. However, keep in mind that using a VPN will not prevent your data from being stored by websites you visit in the clear. If you’re worried about your personal data being stored, you should use a dedicated app to keep your information secure, or you should use a VPN service that doesn’t save any data.
Configuring A VPN On My Router
If you have an older router that doesn’t support IPv6 by default, you’ll need to enable it first before you can use a VPN. This is because all modern routers require IPv6 to function properly (for example, the IPv6 address assigned to your router needs to match the MAC address of your network interface so that you can successfully connect to your network). If you’re not certain how to configure IPv6 on your router, contact the manufacturer or owner of your router in order to get started.
Once you have IPv6 enabled on your router, you can proceed to configure the VPN. Typically, you’ll want to use the following IP addresses when referring to the VPN in order to avoid any problems:
- VPN IPv4 address: 192.168.0.1
- VPN IPv6 address: fe80::20d0:b8ff:fe33:4639
- Remote IP address: 126.96.36.199
- Default gateway: 188.8.131.52
- DNSSEC Zones: fe80::20d0:b8ff:fe33:4639
The above configuration will enable you to connect to the VPN and access its resources whenever you connect to a public Wi-Fi network. For the best security, you should use a VPN service that supports IPv6 as well. If you’d like to learn more, you can check out our FAQ section or Getting Started guide. You can also reach our technical support team with any questions you may have about setting up your VPN by calling 866-622-8626.
Using A VPN On My Mobile Device
If you have a mobile device (like a cell phone or tablet) and decide that connecting to a VPN is preferable to saving web pages in the clear, you have several options to ensure that your personal data is safe while using public Wi-Fi networks. One method is to install a VPN app to your mobile device.
You can use one of the great apps available for download for free from the Google Play Store or the App Store. These apps typically require you to enter your login credentials once you’re connected to a VPN server, rather than storing them locally on your mobile device. This way, if your device is lost or stolen, your login credentials won’t be compromised since they’ll never be stored locally in the first place. Additionally, the fact that the apps are free makes them a tempting target for hackers, who may attempt to attack them in order to gain access to your personal data.
Enable BitLocker On My PC
If your PC is protected with BitLocker, you can use the built-in VPN client of Windows 10 to connect to a VPN server without having to enter your login information every time you connect to a public Wi-Fi network. Simply click the Connect to VPN button in the BitLocker settings pane and you’ll be connected to a VPN server within a few seconds. You can then follow the on-screen instructions to create a VPN profile and connect to the VPN server.
You can also use the BitLocker settings page to determine whether or not to automatically connect to a VPN server when your PC is started. If you decide that you don’t want to connect to a VPN server every time your PC is started, you can disable the feature.
Enable HTTPS On My Website
If you have a website that you access frequently from public Wi-Fi networks, you can always enable HTTPS (secure hypertext transfer protocol) on your website in order to secure your personal data while traveling. Enabling HTTPS on your site will also improve the overall security of your site, preventing data from being intercepted and compromised by cyber attackers (for example, if someone tampers with the source code of your site or adds harmful instructions to the end of your site’s.js files).
When you access a site through HTTPS, the first and last characters in the URL of the site will change to a dash (-) instead of a letter indicating that the data is unencrypted. For example, instead of http://www.example.com, you’ll see https://www.example.com when you use a desktop browser to access the site. If you use an app to access the site, the first and last characters in the URL may not change depending on the app you use.
Configuring DNS On My Network
If you have a home network, you can easily configure your router to use DNS servers that are authorized by your ISP in order to improve network performance and security. For example, if you notice bad performance when using DNS servers provided by your internet service provider, you can always use the DNS settings of your router to point to alternative DNS servers which are more reliable (a lot of ISPs will give you several options to choose from when it comes to DNS servers, so you’re sure to find one that’s right for your needs).