The tech world is buzzing right now over the release of Windows 10, and as always we have received a few questions about Windows 10 and VPN capability. Every time a new version of the world’s most popular operating system is released users wonder what changes, if any, will be applied to the VPN client that is a standard feature of the Microsoft OS.
Set up a VPN connection in Windows 10
Very little has changed in the way a VPN is set up to work with your Windows device. As always, there is no extra software to download. All the technology you need is already on your laptop, desktop, or even a Windows tablet. You simply need to input the network credentials supplied by your VPN provider. Here’s a step-by-step review of how to configure a VPN for Windows 10:
- Log in to your Windows 10 device with an administrator account.
- At the desktop click START at the bottom left of the screen. This will display the start menu.
- Under PLACES in the start menu click SETTINGS. This will open the settings window.
- From the settings window click NETWORK & INTERNET. This will open the Network & Internet window.
- Click VPN. You will see a few options pop up on the right side of the screen.
- Click the + icon next to ADD A VPN CONNECTION. A screen of fields is now displayed.
- Populate each field with the credentials supplied by your VPN provider.
- At the bottom place a checkmark next to REMEMBER MY SIGN-IN INFO.
- Click SAVE.
Please note: If you happen to be using a public computer or one that is not your regular device, do not check the box to remember your sign-in info.
Your VPN will now display as a connection option in your available networks. Once you have established an Internet connection, simply connect to your available VPN.
Is Windows 10 Secure?
Within a few hours of its release a security bug was discovered in the Windows 10 platform. Microsoft worked quickly to deliver a patch via its automatic updating system and fixed the problem.
This brings up a point that is often overlooked by people when discussing the security of their device. It is very important that you regularly install the updates to the OS provided by Microsoft. Sometimes installing these updates is a hassle and sometimes they can even have a glitch, but if you fail to keep your OS updated then you will be at a greater risk for a security breach.
It is very possible to schedule updates for your device at times that are convenient. Many users like to schedule them late at night or very early in the morning before they are using their device. Whether you choose to install them automatically or manually, make sure that you are doing this on a regular basis.
Your VPN is designed to increase your safety while browsing Internet with Windows 10, but you still need to make sure all available updates are installed.
Why do I need a VPN with Windows 10?
Whenever a new OS is introduced people tend to think that the security and privacy concerns they had in the past are no longer relevant. This is a mistake. You actually need a VPN more than ever with a new OS like Windows 10.
The reason for this is that almost all of our computing these days is designed to be done while connected to the Internet. Things users used to do offline are now routinely done online: backing up files, filling out taxes, banking. You can’t even watch a simple video on YouTube these days without exposing your preferences to marketing companies.
As more and more of a user’s life makes its way online the need for a VPN becomes more critical. You can have a very sophisticated device but there are no new features in Windows 10 that protect you like a VPN does when you connect to the Internet.
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