How to Manually Configure a VPN on Windows 10

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Are you wondering how to set up a VPN on Windows manually? Many VPN services have a Windows 10 application including in them that makes the process easy; however, even if you don’t see this feature, there is still a way for you to configure your VPN manually. With so many people working from home today, having a strong VPN service may seem like a requirement. After you download VPN for Windows, follow these steps to set it up.

How to Manually Configure a VPN on Windows

Take a Look at Your Server Options First

After you select and subscribe to your VPN service, you should see a list of servers to which you can connect. This list will vary depending on the VPN provider you have chosen; however, you should be able to see:
  • The number of servers to which you can connect
  • The address you require to set up a manual connection
  • The demand currently being placed on the server

In addition, your VPN service should provide you with credentials you can use to sign in manually. It might also include a certificate you need to connect your chosen server successfully.

Navigate to the Settings Area

After you have everything you need to get your VPN server up and running, the steps you should follow are:
  • Start by right-clicking on the start button (which should be a Windows symbol in the lower-left corner of the screen)
  • Click on the settings button (which is generally underneath the task manager in the menu)
  • Click the network and internet area (which is usually just underneath the search bar in the settings screen)
  • Click the VPN button
These steps should pull up a separate section to allow you manually enter the details of your VPN.

Fill Out the VPN Field

After you see the VPN menu, you should:
  • Select the option to “Add a VPN connection
  • Beneath the “VPN Provider” section, select the dropdown menu
  • Click the “Windows” option
  • Click on the field that says “connection name” and add a name for your VPN connection
  • Click the “server name or address” field and type the address of the server (which should be included in your VPN account)
  • Beneath “VPN type”, select the dropdown menu
  • Choose a connection protocol
  • Select a sign-in method for your VPN
  • Save your settings
Your VPN is now set up. It should show up in the VPN list, so all you have to do is connect to it when you are ready.

Disconnect from the VPN When Finished

When you are done using your VPN, you can disconnect from it easily. You have to navigate to the VPN area of the “Network and Internet” section of your settings. Then, select your VPN connection and disconnect from it.

From the VPN page, you can also remove old VPN connections you might not want. Right-click on the VPN connection you want to remove and select the option to remove it from the menu. This can declutter your list of VPN connections, making it easier to see the ones you use regularly.

In conclusion, to protect your privacy when you browse online, you have to find the right VPN. A strong VPN should encrypt your personal information when you visit websites. A VPN can also provide servers located across the world, helping you conceal your location and get around geographic restrictions, unblocking content.

If you follow these steps, you can establish a manual VPN connection using Windows, allowing you to customize your VPN connection to meet your specific needs. With the right VPN connection, you can effectively protect your personal information when you use the internet.

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