A VPN allows you to secure your personal data while online. Even though most web services are encrypted and secure, hackers and cybercriminals may be trying to get your personal information. A VPN allows you to connect to websites that you usually visit without worrying about your data being stolen. A VPN also protects you from malicious software such as malware and viruses. If you use public Wi-Fi while traveling or working abroad, a VPN can also protect you from being tracked and spied on. This article will guide you on how to use a VPN on a Chromebook.
Set Up Your Chromebook With VPN
Chromebooks are small, portable computers that can be easily shared online. They are very secure, as they don’t have an operating system like Windows or macOS. That makes them less susceptible to viruses and malware. Since most applications and services are stored online, they are more secure as well. That’s why many large corporations use Chromebooks for their employees. It’s also one of the reasons why Google introduced its own VPN service directly into the Chromebook world.
Chromebooks come with an integrated VPN client. However, you should configure it manually, as the provider’s apps won’t always work on a Chromebook. Fortunately, configuring the VPN client on a Chromebook is a very simple process. Here’s how to do it.
Step One: Visit https://my.vpnconfig.com and click the link to the Chromebook VPN client setup page.
This will take you to a page where you can enter your email address and create a password. Entering your email address into the page is mostly for security purposes. Your email address will not be displayed publicly. When you create a password, make sure to choose a strong unique password that isn’t in the dictionary. This will protect you from hackers and cybercriminals who may try to steal your personal information. Then, you’ll be redirected back to the main screen. Next, you need to click the Setup button.
Chromebooks are very secure, as they don’t have an operating system like Windows or macOS. That makes them less susceptible to viruses and malware. Since most applications and services are stored online, they are more secure as well. That’s why many large corporations use Chromebooks for their employees. It’s also one of the reasons why Google introduced its own VPN service directly into the Chromebook world.
Step Two: Choose a Provider
Now that you have a password and are connected to the VPN setup page, you can click the Choose a Provider button. This will take you to a page where you can choose a VPN provider. You’ll need to choose a VPN service that supports the Linux operating system to be able to install it on a Chromebook. Luckily, most major providers do offer natively supported Linux clients. You’ll see a list of all the providers that offer Linux support, along with details including the number of servers and the level of support.
Step Three: Select a Server
Once you have your VPN provider selected, you can click the Select a Server button to move to the next screen. On this screen, you can choose a server. You’ll need to choose a location that’s close to you. Fortunately, most VPNs offer a near-instantaneous connection, so you won’t have to wait long to start using the service. Remember, if speed is a concern, always opt for the nearest server.
Step Four: Review the Agreement
Once you’ve chosen a server, you’ll reach a screen with the agreement. You’re going to have to accept the agreement unless you’re really confident that you’re going to use the service. You can click the I Accept button to continue.
The VPN agreement is very straightforward. Generally, you have to agree to abide by the rules and restrictions set by the service. You’ll also have to agree that you’re not going to use the service for anything illegal. Even though you set up the VPN manually, you’re still bound by the rules and regulations set by your chosen provider. If you’re still unsure of whether or not you want to continue, you can click the Back button to return to the previous screen.
Once you’ve accepted the terms and conditions, you can click the Install button to continue to the final screen.
Step Five: Check the Settings
On the final screen, you’ll see some general settings for the VPN. You’ll need to set a name for your VPN, along with a description. The name you choose will appear in the dialog box that pops up when you click the VPN icon in the Google Chrome browser. You can also add a short description of what your VPN is for. This is also going to appear in the dialog box when you click the VPN icon in the Google Chrome browser.
From here, you can click the Back button to return to the previous screen, or the Settings button to continue to the next screen.
Step Six: Activate Your VPN
When you reach the next screen, you’ll see a message that your VPN is not activated. To use the service, you’ll need to click the Activate button. This will bring you to a confirmation screen. Once you’ve verified the details on this screen, you can click the Activate button to finish.
Using Your VPN On a Chromebook
Once you have your VPN activated, you can use it to securely access your favorite websites. When you open up a new tab in the Google Chrome browser, you’ll see a small VPN icon at the top right hand corner. Clicking it will display a dialog box with the name of your VPN. If you have more than one network connection, you’ll see a drop down menu with all of your available networks. Select the one you want to use and click the Connect button.
The Google Chrome browser supports connecting to multiple networks at the same time. This is very convenient if you’re connected to multiple WiFi networks, as you can select which network you want to use. Just make sure that the VPN is enabled on each network you connect to.
Now, you can select a server, enter your email address and create a password. Then, you can click the Connect button to connect to the VPN and continue to your favorite websites. You don’t need to do this every time you use the computer, as the service will remember your settings and connect you automatically when you next use the computer. If you click on the VPN icon in the Google Chrome browser, you’ll see a menu with all the available networks. On the menu, click Settings to see the current connection status and to change your settings if needed.