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Why Install a VPN On Your Windows 10 Device?
If you are reading this, I assume you are using a Windows 10 device. The last few years have seen a massive rise in the popularity of virtual private networks, or VPNs, on the back of popular platforms like iOS and Android. These services offer great value to users looking to keep their personal data secure and private while using popular apps and services on the go. With VPNs you can browse the web privately, access blocked content, and even circumvent regional restrictions like firewalls or DNS blocking – all without having to worry about signing up to a free plan or paying for premium services!
The Evolution of VPN On iOS And Android
It wasn’t long ago that iOS and Android users had to settle for basic VPN functionality built into the operating systems or purchase third-party apps to get the functionality they needed. Even after the mobile platforms saw the value of VPNs, they still didn’t offer the functionality required by users. That began to change when VPN providers started prioritizing performance over features, ensuring that their services function smoothly regardless of the platform used.
The Value Of a VPN On iOS And Android
Let’s be honest, as iOS and Android users ourselves, we understand the frustration of using an OS that doesn’t natively support VPNs or has limited functionality compared to the big players like Microsoft. The fact that VPNs aren’t natively supported on iOS and Android, and the fact that some operating systems don’t offer the advanced functionality required by users, means that many people end up using a workaround which eventually leaves them open to attack. For example, it’s well known that the Chrome browser on Android is a target for malware and hackers, and using a VPN is often seen as a quick fix for this problem. The fact that this workaround exists means that VPNs can still provide value to users even though native support isn’t available on the platforms they rely on.
How To Install NordVPN On Windows 10
Now that you understand the value that VPNs can provide, let’s take a look at how to install and setup NordVPN on your Windows 10 device. This process can be done entirely from within the settings menu of your device.
First, navigate to https://nordvpn.com/ on your device and click the green button to continue to the downloads page. You’ll see a list of platforms supported by NordVPN along with a green button marked “Download for Windows“.
Next, click the button to open the Windows store. You’ll see a list of available apps there.
You can see above that we have the NordVPN app installed and ready to use on our Windows device. As soon as you launch the app, you’ll see a big green button inviting you to connect to a secure VPN server. When you connect, your IP address will be disguised and your data will be safe and secure.
NordVPN offers a no logging policy, meaning that the company doesn’t retain or sell any logs of your activity. This is one of the main reasons why VPNs are valued by users and security advocates alike. Your data is secure, private, and you don’t have to worry about third parties or governments monitoring your activity. This policy is the best of both worlds for those who need to remain discrete while using the Internet – especially after last year’s Edward Snowden leaks.
Security Concerns With Using Public Wifi
Even if you use a VPN for your personal security, there are still risks associated with public wifi. If you are using public wifi and aren’t sure how secure it is, you could be attacked via a man-in-the-middle attack. This is when an attacker intercepts your data as it travels over a public network, such as a WiFi hotspot.
To avoid this, you can use dedicated WiFi hotspots when possible, or at least use a VPN app which authenticates you when you connect. If you use public wifi often and need to keep your personal data secure, VPNs are still a good alternative to opening up a firewall on your computer to protect against attacks.
VPNs are here to stay, and as more and more organizations and individuals value their privacy and security, so too will VPN use increase. Even if you only use a VPN to unblock geo-locked content or prevent your personal data from being collected by trackers, it is still a good idea to install one on your Windows device.