How to Set Up VPN Connection on Computer Windows 10, 11– VPN (Virtual Private Network) software can be used to anonymize and encrypt internet traffic coming from your PC, ensuring your browsing data is more private and secure and can prevent snooping by internet service providers ( your ISP), hackers, and even government agencies.
Many companies use VPNs so that their employees can access their work network remotely in a secure and encrypted manner
As for individual or personal use it is usually for privacy purposes, disguise their true identity and location while surfing the internet and performing other online tasks.
Below are a few ways you can set up a VPN on your computer Windows 10, 11
How to Manually Set Up VPN on Windows 10. 11
Windows 10 features a built-in interface that allows you to set up a VPN connection within the operating system itself.
Although the method below does not require any third-party software, to follow this guide you must have subscribed to a VPN service.
And you will later need your VPN settings before proceeding with the steps below. Details of these VPN settings can be obtained from your company or VPN service provider, and you can usually find them on the respective websites.
- Click the Windows Start button, which is located in the lower-left corner of the screen.
- When the Start menu appears, click the Settings icon (gear).
- The Windows Settings page will be displayed. Click on the Network & Internet option.
- Select VPN, which is located in the left menu pane.
- The VPN settings section will appear. Click the (+) Add a VPN connection button.
- The form for setting up a VPN connection will now be displayed. Click on the VPN provider drop-down menu and select the Windows (built-in) option.
- Enter the label you want in the Connection name field. It will only be used for reference purposes and you can specify the name as you wish.
- Enter the address obtained from your company or VPN service in the Server name or address field.
- Click on the VPN type drop-down menu and select from one of the following options: Automatic, PPTP, L2TP/IPsec with certificate, L2TP/IPsec with pre-shared key, SSTP, IKEv2. You can ask your VPN provider if you’re not sure which type of VPN you should use.
- Click on the Type of sign-in info drop-down menu and select from one of the following options: Username and password, Smart card, One-time password, Certificate. This will determine the type of credentials you will use to authenticate your new VPN setup.
- You can also enter your username and password in the remaining fields if you wish, typing your username and password in these fields will avoid being asked for a password every time you want to connect.
- Once you are done with filling out your VPN setup form, click the Save button to complete the process.
- Your new VPN connection can be accessed via the Network icon, found in the lower-right corner of the Windows taskbar, or through the VPN Settings section mentioned above.
And that’s a step-by-step guide on how to set up a VPN connection on Windows 10. Hopefully this article was useful and congratulations on using a more secure and anonymous internet network.