There is a concern about free VPN services with respect to throttled bandwidth, little privacy as compared to paid VPN services, and device limits. With all this, you may still, at some point in time, want to use a free VPN. Well, this piece is not going to talk about the pros and cons of free VPNs. We are going to see the steps with which we generally set up free VPNs.
Without wasting much time, let’s see how you should set up that free VPN service. Note that the steps here are general steps. They are not for a specific VPN, so some steps in setting yours might be slightly different. Follow the simple steps below to get your network running
Steps for setting up a free VPN
1. Choosing the one that suits you
This step may be ignored by some people that already have their eye on a particular VPN. There are tons of free VPNs around these days. Most of the paid ones even have free versions. Some VPNs you could try include ProtonVPN, CyberGhost VPN, Private Internet Access, NordVPN, VyprVPN, and ExpressVPN.
Bear in mind that the free versions will definitely have slower connection speeds than the premium service.
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2. Going with the free plan
After settling on which service you’d go with, now you need to get the particular version of the service. Confirm that the free plan is what you are looking for. For some VPNs, the free version only supports a single device. Others may support more than one. It all depends on why you need that free service.
3. Enter your email
We are now at the practical steps. You give your email to the service provider. Just key in the address into the appropriate box. Wait for the service to inform you that your email is correct. Then you move on to the next step.
Now, you would have to confirm the verification email sent to the address you supplied the service. These kinds of emails usually arrive quickly, and the may have an expiration period. So you should quickly check your inbox for the verification message.
In the verification message, you may be given a code to insert on the service provider’s site. For other confirmation emails, it may be just a link which you’d have to hit to continue the signing up process.
According to your preference, you could alternatively choose to receive the verification message via SMS, rather than through email. That means you’d have to supply your phone number to the site.
5. Configure your credentials
Now that your account has been verified, you need to configure the account credentials. This is basically setting up the username and the password. If your username is already chosen you’ll be informed to choose a different one. The service should also guide you on how to set your password.
6. Download the software
At this stage, you are almost done. Usually, at this stage, you should be able to download and get the software on your device. After download, you can install the software. During installation, you should pay attention to the instructions.
7. Launch the VPN
After installation, fire up the software. Now to use the application you’d have to key in the credentials you set up in the signing up process. Depending on the service, you could opt the software to save your credentials for future sessions or not.
Now get connected browse anonymous!
As said in the beginning, free VPNs may really not be a good option but your situation would determine. You could use free VPN services as backup VPNs.