How do I set up a VPN connection on Windows 10?

When you use a VPN (virtual private network) your data exchange on the internet remains secure and anonymous. Instead of connecting directly to the server of the accessed website, your device first connects to a VPN server which forwards all data to the server of the website. This means that the website operator has no access to your personal IP address, but only to that of the VPN server. Thus, you remain anonymous. In addition to aspects of anonymity and privacy protection, VPN programs go along with another advantage: you avoid geo-blocking. So, using a VPN connection definitely has its benefits. And it is not too difficult to set up such a program. Learn how it’s done on Windows 10.

Adding a VPN connection

On Windows 10, users add a VPN connection in the options section of their network and internet settings. The easiest way to get there is to enter „VPN“ in the Cortana search field or via the systray on the taskbar (you find it to the left of the date and time display).

By clicking on the „+“ symbol next to „Add VPN connection“, an input mask opens in which you enter your login data such as connection and server names. For „VPN provider“, select „Windows (built-in)“; you are free to choose the connection name.

Connecting to a stored VPN

The stored VPN connection is then displayed in the settings menu underneath the input field for adding new connections. To connect to it, first click on it, then on the „Connect“ button. After a few seconds, the connection is set up and you can start surfing securely and anonymously. The “Connected” prompt underneath the VPN name shows you that your VPN works properly. In addition, that’s just where you find the button to disconnect.

Faster access to VPN settings

Connecting to your VPN via the Windows settings can be quite tedious. Especially if you want to establish and disconnect a VPN connection regularly, you would spend a lot of time clicking your way through Windows menus. In a few steps, however, you can create a quick access that will save you a couple of clicks and a lot of time in the future.

  1. Open the “Explorer”
  2. Enter “%appdata%” in the path line
  3. Open the „Microsoft“ folder
  4. Open the folder „Network“ and then „Connections”
  5. Open the folder „Pbk“ where you now find the connection you set up earlier
  6. Right-click on the connection and send it to the desktop

A shortcut is automatically created on the desktop. To establish or disconnect a VPN connection, all it takes in the future are a double-click on the icon and two confirmations with the “Enter” key.

Surfing anonymously with client software at the touch of a button

VPN programs make it even easier for users to connect to a virtual private network. The software developers provide users with an easy-to-use client. With it, you can connect to a server at the push of a button. Usually you decide whether you want to select the server manually or let the program select a server automatically.

An example: Installing and setting up CyberGhost VPN

The installation and setup of a client is quite simple. In the case of CyberGhost VPN, users download the client from the provider’s website. Double-click on the downloaded file to start the setup wizard, which will guide you through the installation. This includes selecting the language and accepting the license terms. When the installation is complete, the CyberGhost client opens, connects to the network and prompts you to log in. You may either use an existing user account or log in to CyberGhost for free. All it takes to register are a user name and a password. In case your data is lost, you will receive a recovery code for your account. Click on „Finish“ to complete the installation and setup.

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