With the recent release of Windows 10, there have been many new features added to this operating system. One of these features is a VPN client which offers a much better experience than the one offered by Windows 7 or 8.
If you’re using a Mac or Linux device, you can connect to VPNs with the Terminal or through the PIA app. However, since this is a Windows blog post, we will focus on how to log into a Windows 10 VPN and utilize all its features.
How to Install and Configure the VPN Client
Navigating to the download page for the Windows 10 Virtual Network Client, you will see that this software offers many different options for installation. Selecting the Standard option will download and install the program for you.
Once the installation is complete, you will see a Windows 10 VPN icon on your tray. Click this icon to launch the VPN client and log into your VPN network.
If you’re using Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, the VPN client will automatically connect you to a VPN network when you launch it for the first time. However, if you’re using Windows 10, you will have to manually connect to a VPN network before you can use the client.
What is a VPN and Why Should You Use It
A VPN is an abbreviation for Virtual Private Network. A VPN allows you to create a private network within a public network. For example, let’s say you have a home office with lots of computers and gadgets you use for work. Instead of connecting them all to a single network, which would be visible and accessible from the outside world, you could use a VPN to create a private network within your home, using your own ISP as the public network.
This way, even if someone outside your home network tried to access your company’s or organization’s internal network, they would not be able to as they would not know the correct password.
Similarly, if you’re using public Wi-Fi at a coffee shop or restaurant, you can use a VPN to create a private network, using the Wi-Fi hotspot as the public network.
The great thing about VPNs is they allow for complete customization, so you can use the software to create a network that works best for your needs. For example, you can set up a VPN so that only certain computers can connect to it, or you can require users to enter their username and password before they can use the service.
Why Use a Mobile VPN Over a Desktop VPN?
A mobile VPN is perfect for use while traveling, as you can either connect to Wi-Fi networks to access the internet, or use mobile data if there is no Wi-Fi available.
You can also use your mobile device to connect to a VPN server and utilize all its services, no matter where you are. Simply search for the nearest VPN location or use the client to connect to your home VPN server.
A desktop VPN, on the other hand, is only as good as the server it is connected to. To ensure that you’re always protected when using a desktop VPN, you must install the software on a separate device, such as a laptop or PC. This can be difficult if you’re already using one for work, as you may not want to risk losing unsaved data in case of a crash or malfunction.
Using a mobile VPN also allows for much easier configuration. Since you’re not tied down to one device, you can easily move around and configure the VPN whenever you want. You don’t have to worry about your settings getting overwritten if you power off the device or restart it.
What Types of VPNs do You need To know About?
When choosing a VPN, make sure you’re aware of the following things: