VPN – Setting Up On Different Platforms And Using It

VPN – Setting Up On Different Platforms And Using It

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One thing that I can assure you with utmost confidence is the fact that – you are no longer safe. I say so not in terms of your financial status, but in the way you browse Internet.  Your every single browsing activity is traceable. So, the question arises – How to stay safe while browsing? The answer is to use Virtual Private Networks aka VPN to get the best browsing experience.

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Defining Virtual Private Networks (VPN)

There are many definitions available for Virtual Private Networks on the Internet. However, one can define them simply in one line as:

A network service that creates a safe network enabling you to browse internet anonymously on Internet both on private and public networks

For newbies, I further classify the definition as:

Virtual : no physical connection between the parties exist. The comm. relies completely on Internet

Private : transmitted data is fully confidential to prying eyes using encryption and secured tunneling

Network : it specifies the mode of communication. It can either be either of the categories:

  • private/public
  • wireless/wired
  • Internet or any other resource applicable
Benefits of Using VPN

No doubts that the benefits are endless, but let me give you only the ones that matter:

  • You stay anonymous
  • Your data stays safe and secured
  • Gives you legal authorization of content which otherwise comes with limited access
  • Let’s you decide the rights of geolocation i.e., decide which websites should have access to your location

Caution :  Just because you are anonymous, doesn’t mean you can browse Dark Web in a hideout.  Both are completely different from each other. Follow the link newbies to explore the hidden internet – the Deep web in a detailed format. 

Working

Other than definition and benefits, it is also important to garner knowledge of other significant aspects related to our blog topic. If you find Google language a little hard, worry not and follow the image followed by a list of 3 pointers for a better understanding of the working in a plain simple language.

  • When your system connects to a VPN service, an exchange of trusted keys takes place between the system and server
  • The communication gets encrypted as soon as both the systems are verified
  • A secured connection allows encrypted transfer and receiving of data
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VPN-working-basic-setup

Insider Tip: Consider the features. the price, the number of servers (and their locations) and majorly the connectivity protocols before you make a choice. DO NOT TRUST EVERY VPN. More than anything, it’s simply your provider that counts.

These were just the basics. The post now enters phase II i.e., INSTALLATION PROCESS. Do take a note of the OS you are using and accordingly follow up the steps for an hassle-free experience.

How to Start/Install 
  1. Perform a Google search and choose a VPN service that meets your requirements in the best possible manner
  2. Register yourself as a permanent member by signing up for free or via paying a subscription fee

Voila! You are now a registered member. 🙂 Just follow the steps (mentioned below) to setup Third Party VPN on your system:

  • Download the installation file (.exe format)
  • Right click the file and choose Run as Administrator to obtain admin rights while installing
  • In case Windows default User Account Control (UAC) pops up and asks for a password; type it in and click on YES to continue the setup
  • Fill in your VPN login details once installation is over. You can also explore the options if necessary and finally click SAVE
  • Once setup gets completed, follow the steps (OS specific) to begin the manual installation process:
For Windows OS
  • Use websites like vpngate.net / opengw.net / nvpn.net to find a range of address for connecting and pick one address out of the list
  • Click on Start button and type VPN (in small case) in the search box
  • Click Set Up a Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection to initiate the process
  • Remember the address (server) you chose? Type its IP address or domain name in the assigned boxes and click NEXT
  • Finally enter the keyword VPN (in small case) as login credentials for both username and password
For iOS

Setting up a connection for iOS platform is simple and quick. Just follow the below two steps and you are good to go:

  • Follow the path as follows: Settings >> General >> VPN 
  • Click on Add VPN Configuration
  • Enter the IP address (server) & the Account Name for completing the connection setup
For Mac OS

People usually consider Mac OS to be trickier. However, setting up a VPN connection on Mac OS is an easy affair just like Windows and iOS. Read along the steps carefully to avoid any hassles:

  • Firstly, get hold of an address (from the list) that you can connect to. Take help of sites (mentioned above in Windows category) for further assistance
  • Find out System Preferences and click NETWORK under it
  • Find ADD (+) option at the bottom of the list and choose VPN from the pop-up menu
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vpn-connection-types

  • Next choose the type of connection you are setting up from the pop-up list. Usually you get either of the three options: PPTP / L2TP over IPsec / Cisco IPsec
  • Under Account Name enter VPN and then click on Authentication Settings
  • Enter VPN (in small case) twice for Password and Shared Secret
  • Click OK  followed by a click on CONNECT  to establish the connection successfully

That is all for now folks. I am sure after reading this blog, you will no longer browse on ways to stay anonymous online. Just a word of caution Follow the steps carefully and enjoy working anonymously for as long as you desire.

Freebie: Anything that comes for free brings a 🙂 on everybody’s face. So, check out this list of 5 free Virtual Private Network services to use and keep your spirits upbeat.

Enlighten yourself more on the topic by checking out this TechNet article to understand how does a basic VPN works. Already using a free VPN? feel free to reach out to me about your overall experience. I would be glad to hear you out and share it with my other readers.

Keep reading and sharing the blog post among your near and dear ones. 🙂 🙂

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Manu Mathur
Manu Mathur
An aspiring entrepreneur. A person who loves tinkering with gadgets and is driven by music.

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