Having a VPN is quite crucial owing to the many privacy issues we seem to tackle every day. From allowing us to access restricted content to encrypting our data travelling in cyberspace, VPNs are fairly useful. Setting up a virtual private network should be an easy “job”. But setting up a VPN properly could be tricky, especially if it’s your first time using one.
Below is a step-by-step guide to properly setup a virtual private network and experience its maximum capabilities.
Steps to set up a VPN
1. Do you have a VPN already? If no, then the first step is to get one. If you are new to this and don’t know which to pick I suggest you read reviews to settle on one. Better still, you can read best Netflix VPNs to pick one.
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2. Most VPN service providers these days have their service on almost the popular platforms. They have their service for Windows, Android, iOS and Mac. And you can get these applications from their official websites or platform’s app market.
3. After purchasing one, you install. That should be easy! Just start to install and follow the on-screen guide to complete the installation.
4. Once you are done with the installation, you launch the VPN service. On the desktop, just double tap on the VPN icon. On a mobile device, just hit it once.
5. Now, with the credentials given to you, sign in to the account. Usually, the email address and the password you used in the purchasing the VPN are the login credentials.
1. Log in your VPN account. Some VPN services would require an activation code while setting up the VPN for the first time on your device. An example of such VPN service is ExpressVPN. VPN companies usually send the activation code to the email you used to purchase the service.
Other VPN service providers like Private Internet Access rather give you a login ID to sign in your account with. So log in with the applicable credentials in your circumstance.
2. Now, you select the VPN server location if you want to bypass geographical restrictions. Most VPN service providers give you a list of their recommended best server locations. However, you can manually choose from the map/list.
3. Almost done. Click on connect, and you will be connected to the VPN server you chose. There’s no need to rush, patience is needed here. Connecting might take some time depending on your VPN provider and the location of the server you chose.
4. If you still didn’t get something right you may need to refer to your VPN setup instructions. There may be something that’s quite different from the other popular VPN services.