A VPN (Virtual Private Network) is a sophisticated and useful system that allows users to connect to a private network via a public network, such as the Internet. Simply put, a VPN allows you to log onto a private network (intranet) from any location and use all the resources available on that network. Most importantly, a VPN protects your identity by encrypting all your network activity and storing it on their servers. Furthermore, because a VPN is just that, a VPN. It is not your normal router or computer, your Internet Service Provider (ISP) cannot monitor, track or access your network traffic. This article will instruct you on how to setup and use a VPN on a home router.
The Purpose Of A VPN On A Home Router
Whether you are using a Mac, PC, laptop or mobile device, a VPN allows you to access your network resources (intranet) whenever you want, even from a strange location. For example, if you are living abroad in a country that is not your home country, you will not be able to access your network resources (intranet) from that country. Or maybe you are traveling for work and want to use an Internet café to access email or browse the web for research. A VPN also allows you to securely connect to a trusted network, even if the connection is not from your home country. For example, if you are traveling in a foreign country and need to connect to a WiFi hotspot, you can establish a VPN connection and be confident that your network activity will remain secure.
The Difference Between VPNs And Encryption
Many people confuse VPNs with encryption, but they are not synonymous. When you browse the web, send an email or use any other kind of network-based application, you are using encryption to secure your data. What is important to know is that your ISP (or any other network provider) cannot decrypt that data for you. Your job as a user is to ensure that your encryption is confidential and cannot be easily broken or accessed by anyone. This is where a VPN comes in handy. A VPN hides your actual IP (Internet protocol) address and replaces it with a completely different IP address that is actually assigned to you by your VPN provider. This way, even if your ISP or anyone else on the network monitor(s) network traffic, they will only see encrypted data and will not be able to discern your actual IP address or any other identifying information. When a VPN is configured correctly on a computer or mobile device, all Internet traffic is encrypted and completely anonymous. Think of a VPN as a security blanket for your network activity.
How To Setup A VPN On A Home Router
There are several reputable companies that specialize in providing VPNs for the consumer market. If you are looking for an easy-to-use VPN for your home, then you should opt for a hardware based VPN. The two main reasons why you should go with hardware based VPNs are simplicity and security. First, a hardware VPN is simply set up and use; there is no need to configure your router or computer to work with a VPN. Second, hardware based VPNs are highly encrypted, which is a good thing since you are using a public network to connect to your private network. Even better, some hardware based VPNs provide a high level of security by employing military-grade encryption algorithms and protocols, such as AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) and Twofish.
The Importance Of Strong Passwords
Like many other online security tools, VPNs can be easily hacked if not configured properly. Even worse, weak passwords and easily guessed passwords can also be used to gain access to a user’s account. To keep your personal data secure, you must take care in choosing strong passwords that are not associated with any of your accounts on social media websites. If you use the same password for multiple accounts, then it is an easy matter for a hacker to gain access to all of your accounts. Instead, you should use a combination of letters, numbers and special characters. It is also wise to change your password regularly, especially if you use the same password for multiple accounts. If you use a hardware based VPN, then changing your password is as easy as pressing a button on the back of the router.
Choosing A VPN Name
Before you can use a VPN, you need to create an account with a VPN provider. You will then need to select a name for your VPN. This is important because you cannot use a commonly-used, public network address or your IP address for your VPN. For example, if you use the Google VPN, then you must register with the service using a different email address and then choose a name for your VPN. In order to make your VPN a bit more distinctive, you can create a short hash list for the domain you choose. For instance, if you use the domain name bravo.homenet.org, then you can create a hash list for that domain that includes the word bravo, the word homenet and the letters OR for the domain name. For more information on this, please see our guide on creating a memorable password.
Which Hardware To Use
Depending on your connection to the Internet and the security of the data you are transferring, you should choose a VPN that is optimally suited for your needs. For example, if you are connecting from a public WiFi hotspot, then you should opt for a VPN that is compatible with that public WiFi hotspot. If you are connecting from your home WiFi network, then you should go for one of the many VPNs specifically designed for home use. Most importantly, you should select a VPN that is reputable and has a good standing among current and potential users. One great way to find out how well a VPN stands among its users is by taking a quick look at its reviews on reputable websites such as Google or Amazon.
Which Software To Use
Many reputable software companies manufacture and sell VPN software for the consumer market. For the best experience, you should opt for either Mac or Windows-based software. If you are using a device that runs on the Android operating system, then you should opt for the Mac or Windows-based solution due to the device’s lack of native support for VPNs. Even when using native support, the performance of an Android-based device is not suited for VPN use due to the device’s high processor and GPU (graphics processing unit) demands. For more information on how to choose the best VPN for your needs, please consult our helpful guide on choosing a VPN.
Above all else, keep this in mind: once you have configured your VPN, you should ensure that you never, ever, share your Internet connection with any computer or mobile device, no matter what. Doing so could put your personal data and security at risk. Finally, if you are still not sure where to begin, then please feel free to contact our tech support team, who will be happy to help you choose the right VPN for your needs.