Do you know you can setup VPN on Windows 10, MAC & Linus without having to buy a VPN program? Well, that is very possible. In this guide, we will be sharing the procedures with you. Read on!
A VPN (virtual private network) is quickly becoming an essential part of our Internet browsing experience. Be it to keep your online activity protected, safely connect to and use public Wi-Fi networks, connect to an office network, or even to save some money, there are many reasons why we should all look into subscribing to a VPN service.
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How Does A VPN Work?
In simple terms, we will make this clear to you. Here’s how a VPN works for you, the user. You start the VPN client (software) from your VPN service. This software encrypts your data, even before your Internet Service Provider or the coffee shop WiFi provider sees it. The data then goes to the VPN, and from the VPN server to your online destination — anything from your bank website to a video sharing website to a search engine. The online destination sees your data as coming from the VPN server and its location, and not from your computer and your location.
SetUP VPN On Windows 10, MAC & Linus
We will be treating them one after the other. Let’s start with MAC.
Set Up VPN on MAC
- Click on the Apple menu (Apple icon).
- Go to System Preferences.
- Click Network.
- Click on the “+” icon in the list on the left of the Network page.
- Then, click on the Interface menu that pops up.
- Choose VPN.
- Go through the different sections and add the relevant information. First, select VPN Type, choose the VPN protocol, add a name, and click on Create. You can then enter the server address, authentication and login info, and any additional settings that the network administrator might have given.
- Click Apply and then select OK.
- To connect to the VPN, go to System Preferences > Network, click on the VPN service name and click on Connect.
- Alternatively, you can select Show VPN status in menu bar and use the VPN status icon to quickly connect to the VPN network.
Set Up VPN on Windows 10
- Click on the Cortana search bar at the bottom and type VPN.
- Click on the result (should be the top or close to it) that says Change virtual private networks (VPN).
- Alternatively, you can go to Settings > Network & Internet and click on VPN in the left menu.
- Click on Add a VPN connection.
- Change the VPN Provider section to Windows (built-in) and fill out the rest of the form with the relevant information that you should have available from the network administrator or VPN service provider.
- To connect to the VPN, click on the Wi-Fi icon in the system tray and select the VPN connection you have created.
Set Up VPN on Linux
- Open the Activities overview and start typing Network.
- Click on Network.
- At the bottom of the list on the left, click on the “+” icon to add a new connection.
- In the interface list that comes up, select VPN.
- Select the kind of VPN connection and fill in the relevant details.
- Press Add once you’re done.
- After the setup is complete, open the system menu at the right side of the top bar. Click on VPN and select Connect.
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