If you have an XP VPN Server set up and manage to connect to it from within Windows 10, then it’s likely that you’ve already tried the built-in VPN client app to establish a VPN connection.
While the app can be handy, it’s important to recognize that it’s not the best solution for all users.
If you’re looking to connect to your VPN server from a Windows XP machine, then why not try out a dedicated client app? With these kinds of apps, you won’t be limited to just one connection per server, and you won’t need to rely on the server operator to keep the connection alive.
To that end, here are a few tips on how to set up the VPN client for your XP VPN Server so you can connect and use the service without problems.
Install The VPN Client
Installing a VPN client is pretty straightforward. All you need to do is search for the app either in the Windows Store or from the creator’s website, and install it. After that, you’ll be able to connect to your VPN server using the OpenVPN protocol.
With that being said, keep in mind that the app might not be compatible with all VPN servers. Especially older versions of Windows which don’t have as much recent app compatibility. So you might need to try a few apps before finding one that works with your setup.
Change The VPN Password Automatically
One of the biggest pain points when using a VPN is having to manually change your password whenever you connect to a new server or reconnect after being disconnected for a while. Thankfully, most VPNs these days come with an option to automatically update the password when you connect or reconnect. That way you won’t have to worry about forgetting your password when you need to access your account.
Additionally, if you have a dedicated staff member handling your accounts, then they can be configured to automatically change your password whenever you connect to a new server. Thus, removing the need for you to do it manually.
To enable automatic updates, just follow the instructions provided by the VPN provider. Usually, you’ll need to visit the website of the VPN provider and click the “Live chat with a Customer Service Representative” button to get in touch.
Import Your VPN Accounts From Another Device
If you already have a working VPN client setup on a different device (e.g., a desktop or notebook computer), then it’s a simple matter of importing that account to the device where you need the VPN. This can be done in a number of ways, but the easiest is to just copy the profile folder from the other device over to the one holding the current VPN client.
When importing the folder, you’ll need to make sure that the VPN has already been configured on the other device. You can do this by either connecting to a different server or by clicking the “Update profile” button within the VPN client.
With that being said, it’s worth mentioning that some VPNs can be a little more tricky to set up. Especially if you’re doing it on a device that isn’t always connected to the internet (e.g., a notebook or a laptop which you take with you on the go). In those cases, you might need to do a little bit of research or trial and error to figure out the right settings for the VPN.
Avoid The Free Trial
Oftentimes, VPNs with a free trial get overloaded with traffic during their free week. So, if you plan on connecting to the service during that time, then you might get throttled or even disconnected at times.
As tempting as it might be to try out the service for free, avoid doing it. Especially if you have to connect manually every time you use the app. The best thing you can do is download the VPN client and use it for free during the trial period. After the trial ends, you can continue paying the monthly fee or find a different VPN provider if you’re dissatisfied with the way things work.
Be Careful With What You Share
Sharing your VPN login with others is generally a bad idea. Not only will they be able to access your account if you share your login, but you’ll also be able to see theirs. So, while it’s tempting to share your details with your friends, make sure that you never do it. Especially if you want to keep your VPN private.
This kind of information should be kept private for as long as possible. Even when you’re on a trusted network (e.g., your workplace network), there’s always the possibility that a malicious user could get access to your account through your shared login. Alternatively, if you lose your password, then anyone could access your account if they know your username and email address.
To ensure that your VPN account stays secure, you should give out your password only to trusted individuals. And even then, make sure that they never reveal it to anyone. Not even your friends. Because, in the end, it’s always the ones you trust the most who pose the greatest threat to your privacy.
Avoid Free Trials With A Limiting Number Of Connections
In some cases, free trials only allow for a certain number of connections. So, if you exceed that limit, then you’ll be charged for the extra connections. If you want to avoid this type of situation, then make sure that you’re not going over the limit or, at least, try to stay under it. Especially if you’re on a limited network like a mobile phone network or a mobile hot spot.
VPNs are useful because they allow for greater freedom and security when online. So, if you have the option, then make sure that you download a dedicated VPN client for your XP VPN Server. With these kinds of apps, you won’t be limited to just one connection per server, and you won’t need to rely on the server operator to keep the connection alive.