A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is basically an add-on that is added to public networks such as WiFi hotspots and the internet to make communicating over them more secure and less vulnerable to third-party exploitation. Virtual Private Networks are brilliant tools for anyone who wants to make sure that the data they send and receive over a public network is not accessible to the entirety of the populous that has access to the network. To gain access to the information transmitted over a Virtual Private Network, a person needs the credentials required to first gain access to the Virtual Private Network itself. VPNs are mostly used by corporations and businesses and any other establishments that need to keep the information communicated inside them from being accessed by any third-party.
In a Virtual Private Network, the Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP) is used to make sure that the messages transmitted from one VPN node to another VPN node over the internet (which the entire populous has access to) are secure and invulnerable to being accessed by anyone who isn’t authorized to access them. The ability to set up and use Virtual Private Networks and VPN connections comes built into all active iterations of the Windows Operating System out there – and that includes the latest and greatest version of Windows, Windows 10. If you want to set up a VPN connection on a Windows 10 computer, you need to first acquire the credentials you will need to access the VPN server you want to connect to. The required credentials include the name or the IP address of the VPN server you want to connect to and the username and password that you have registered on the VPN server. Once you have this information, to set up a VPN connection on a Windows 10 computer, you need to:
Click on the Network connection icon in the computer’s System tray. If the computer is connected to a WiFi network, the icon will look like a WiFi signal. If the computer has an Ethernet connection, the icon will look like a computer with an Ethernet cable on its left side. In the menu that pops up, click on the blue Network settings link at the bottom.
This will open the Network & Internet settings Navigate to the VPN tab in the left pane of this window. In the right pane, click on Add a VPN connection.
Populate the Add a VPN connection window as follows:
VPN Provider: Windows (built-in)
Connection name: <Type in the name you want to give your VPN connection>
Server name or address: <The name or IP address of the VPN server you want to connect to>
VPN type: Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP)
Type of sign-in info: User name and password
User name (optional): <The user name you have registered on the VPN server>
Password (optional): <The password for your account on the VPN server>
Enable the Remember my sign-in info option by clicking on the empty checkbox beside it and checking it.
Click on Save.
As soon as you click on save, the VPN connection will have been created. All you need to do in order to connect enable the VPN connection and connect to the VPN server once the connection has been created is to simply navigate to the VPN tab in the Network & Internet settings window, click on the VPN connection that you created and click on the Connect button.
If you want to enable the VPN connection you have created and connect to the VPN server ever more quickly, simply click on the WiFi or Ethernet icon in your System tray and, from the list of all available connections, click on the VPN connection you would like to enable and click on Connect.