How to set up VPN on Windows 10

By | May 3, 2021
Set Up VPN on Windows 10

Setting up VPN’s is not a new feature for Android and iOS users as this particular feature has been around for a long time. If you think it’s possible to set up and use a VPN on your Windows 10 PC, then you are right because it is actually possible and for today’s guide, I’ll be teaching you how to set up a VPN on Windows 10.

what a VPN is, what it does, and how it works

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is used to provide a protected network connection when using public networks. The VPN achieves this by encrypting your internet traffic and disguising your online identity which will prevent third parties from stealing your data and all this is done in real-time.

VPN works by hiding your IP address and letting the network redirect it through a specially configured remote server run by the VPN host. What this means is that while you are surfing the net, the VPN becomes the source of your data and hence your ISP cannot see the sites you open or the data you send and receive online. This is because the VPN turns all your data to gibberish such that even though it has been accessed by someone else they wouldn’t know what to do with it.

Now you know what a VPN is, what it does, and how it works. I’ll be showing you how to set up a VPN on Windows 10.

How to Set Up VPN on Windows 10

Before we dive into how to set up VPN on Windows 10, there are 2 things you need to know about and have, they are:

VPN Service: there are several VPN services in the world today both free and paid VPN services, so you have to check the one that suits what you want efficiently.

Protocol Choice: the second thing is the protocol choice and this is important because it determines the strength of encryption i.e., to say if the encrypted data can be decrypted or not. The common protocols you may likely choose are OpenVPN, SSTP (Secure Socket Tunnelling Protocol), PPTP(Point-to-Point Tunnelling Protocol), L2TP/IPSec (Later 2 Tunnelling Protocol/Internet Protocol Security). Although the type to use is usually determined by your VPN provider.

Once you have a fair knowledge about the two listed above, we can now move into setting up your VPN on Windows 10. To set up VPN on Windows 10, the first step to take is to create a VPN profile and to this, follow the set of instructions listed below:

  • Tap on the Windows key on your keyboard or right-clicking on Start.

 

  • Click on Settings.

 

  • Click on Network & Internet.

 

  • Click on VPN from the list of connection options found on the right side of your screen.

 

  • Click on add a VPN connection.

 

  • On the add a VPN connection window, for the VPN provider under the drop-down menu click on Windows (built-in).

 

  • For the Connection name box, type in any name you like and you can easily remember (For example My Secure VPN). This is done because this is the name you’ll be searching for when connecting.

 

  • For the Server name or address box, input the correct address of the server you are connecting to. Just so you know that what you are inputting is the correct thing, the address usually looks like a website URL with alphanumeric strings ranging between 5 to 6 characters and is usually followed by the name of the VPN service you want to use. If you are wondering where to get this, don’t bother it is usually provided by your VPN service.

 

  • For the VPN type, select the type of VPN connection you want to use. This is usually determined by the VPN service you’ll be using. So if you have done your research, simply choose a VPN service that uses that particular protocol and you are good to go.

 

  • For the Type of sign-in info, select the type of sign-in info (or credentials) to use. Don’t rush into selecting anything you wish, simply ask your VPN service providers for their preferred method as different VPN service providers have different methods and the most common is the Username and password other options include a one-time password, certificate, or a smart card.

 

  • Finally, go through all you have done and ensure there are no mistakes, once you are sure, click on Save. If your VPN provider requires you to specify other settings such as Proxy settings you can do this by choosing the VPN connection and afterward selecting Advanced Options.

How to connect to a VPN

Congratulations you have successfully created your VPN profile and all that’s left is how to connect to a VPN. To learn this, follow the set of instructions outlined below:

  • Tap on the Windows key on your keyboard or right-clicking on Start.

 

  • Click on Settings.

 

  • Click on Network & Internet.

 

  • Select VPN from the options on the right side of the screen as you had initially done.
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  • Two options can occur after selecting a VPN. You either simply click on Connect if it displays under the VPN connection otherwise if the VPN section in settings opens, click on the VPN connection there and afterward click on Connect.

 

  • Finally, you’ll be prompted to input your sign-in info.

Once you are connected you’ll notice that the VPN connection name will display Connected beneath it. Alternatively to ensure if you are connected to your VPN you can click on the network icon at the far right corner of the taskbar and check if the VPN connection shows Connected and if it does, you are Connected also know that at this point, you have successfully set up VPN on Windows 10.

How to Set Up VPN on Windows 10 Without A VPN Software

Note that if you don’t have VPN software and you still want to have access to the services VPN’s provide, Windows 10 comes with a built-in ability to function as a VPN server and that’s not even the most interesting thing, the most interesting thing is that it’s free of charge.

The Windows 10 built-in VPN server uses a PPTP service. This built-in VPN comes with a few limitations that will make the process not ideal for what you need it for, but hey! On the bright side, it’s free right? The limitations include:

  • You’ll need to know how to forward ports from your computer.
  • You’ll be exposing Windows and a port directly to the internet. In a bid to try to solve this problem ensure using a strong username and password also use a port that isn’t your default port.

I’ll be showing you another set of instructions to follow if you don’t have VPN software to enable you to set up a VPN in Windows 10. The first step to take here is creating a VPN server. Follow, the steps below to learn how to set up a VPN on Windows via a VPN server:

  • Tap on the Windows key on your keyboard or right-clicking on Start.
  • Type “CPL” and click on the first result under best match or by simply pressing Enter after typing.
  • In the Network Connection window, press the Alt key on your keyboard and afterward click on File.
  • From the drop-down menu under File, click on the New Incoming Connection
  • Next, select the user account. For improved security, you can create a new account and you do this by clicking on Add someone. Regardless of the account, the most important thing is ensuring you have a strong password.
  • Click on Next.
  • On the Next window, tick the Through the Internet option and click on Next.
  • Now select the networking protocols that should be enabled for incoming connections.
  • After ticking all the boxes you want the next step is to click on Allow access.
  • Finally, wait for a few seconds to enable Windows to set up your VPN server.

After this is done, the next step to take in learning how to set up a VPN in Windows 10 would be to set up your router. This step is done particularly to enable your router to know and identify the type of traffic to set out to the computer and hence you’ll need to set up port forwarding.

Forward port 1723 to your computer’s IP address. If you don’t know how to do this, you can do it by logging into your router’s setup page. For added security add a port forwarding rule which will forward a random external port to the internal port on your computer system.

Finally, the last step involves creating a VPN profile and you already know how to do this. The changes for this set come in the server name or address. For the server name or address, input 192.1.1.5, for the VPN type input Automatic or PPTP as an alternative, and for the type of sign-in info select Username & password.

Now you know how to set up a VPN on Windows 10 you can now enjoy privacy online. Sometimes you may want to disconnect from a VPN service or remove it entirely if you no longer require their services and I believe this is something you should also know.

Disconnect and remove a setup VPN on Windows 10

So as a bonus I’ll be guiding you through how to disconnect and remove a setup VPN on Windows 10. To do this, follow the set of instructions outlined below:

  • Tap on the Windows key on your keyboard or right-clicking on Start.
  • Click on Settings.
  • Click on Network & Internet.
  • Click on VPN from the list of connection options found on the right side of your screen.
  • Click on the VPN connection you want to remove from your list.
  • Click on Disconnect if you just want to disconnect from a setup VPN on Windows 10 or click on Remove if you want to remove a setup VPN on Windows 10.
  • For removing the VPN you’ll be welcomed with a confirmation window, on that window, click Remove

Finally, the guide on learning how to set up VPN on Windows 10 is complete as you now know all you need to know.

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