Security June 15, 2017 Ruben Lawson No comments

How to Set Up a VPN in Windows

VPNs, also called Virtual Private Networks, are small networks intended only for yourself and anyone you approve. The network allows users to swap files between computers on the same network, and are very nice for homes that have multiple computers or for small business owners who need to access a work machine.

VPNs are sometimes also referred to peer-2-peers, though not the same in the technical sense. If you were to set up a personal VPN, you could give friends access to the network, and the group of you could swap any files you wanted amongst yourself – this includes pictures, music, and movies, though the legality of it would depend on what you are sharing with each other.

At one time setting up a best vpn canada ¬†was time consuming and fairly difficult, and each method used required the users to have specific features, such as fixed IP addresses. These requirements made setting up your own VPN more trouble than it’s worth. Luckily, as technology has increased so have demands, and the average user now has a wide array of free options available for them to choose from.

If you’re looking into setting up your own VPN, this article will detail and free and nearly effortless way to set up a VPN. In addition, the method used is a secure one, meaning your information is encrypted and will not be available for others to see, including the company the VPN will be set up through.

To begin constructing your own VPN, follow these next simple steps to get started.

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Items Needed:

Two or more computers with Internet access

Step 1: To set up your VPN, you’re going to need two computer to start with. You’ll still be able to add more computers (up to your accounts max) later on, but you’ll start with two machines. Make sure they are both hooked up to the Internet before continuing.

Step 2: Once you have the two computers up and started, you need to pick the one you’re going to use as the main computer in the VPN. On the computer you’re going to use, you need to install Hamachi LogMeIn software onto the computer. There are two different versions to this software – free and premium. For a personal, small network, free will be more than enough.

Step 3: Now that the software is downloaded and installed, most of the work is done for you. It will automatically detect whether or not this is the first time you are running this software. If this is the first time you’re running it, it will show up with an installation guide to get you started. Just follow the wizards as it progresses to complete the installation.

Be sure to create a name for your network that you like, as you can’t go back and change it. Also, create a password that you won’t easily forget, but that is hard to guess. If someone figures it out, they can access your network whether they want you to or not. Good options are complex rearrangements of your birthday or name, a series of personal names to you in a random order, etc.

Step 4: Your ready to go! Other machines that you offer a password for will be able to join and leave the network at any time, so be careful who you give the info out to. If you should wish to leave the network, just delete it – note that the delete cannot be undone.