Here’s How

When and how to use the VPN client built into Win­dows. and

PCWorld (USA) - - Contents - BY MARK SHEA IAN PAUL

VPN (vir­tual pri­vate net­work) tech­nol­ogy lets a com­puter us­ing a pub­lic in­ter­net con­nec­tion join a pri­vate net­work by way of a se­cure “tun­nel” be­tween that ma­chine and the net­work. This pro­tects the data from be­ing seen or tam­pered with by bad ac­tors. The two most com­mon use cases are con­sumer VPN ser­vices that al­low in­di­vid­u­als to surf pri­vately from home or a pub­lic set­ting, and busi­ness-ori­ented so­lu­tions that al­low em­ploy­ees to se­curely con­nect to a cor­po­rate net­work re­motely.

For the most part, VPN con­nec­tions are han­dled by cus­tom soft­ware such as the many con­sumer VPN ser­vices we’ve re­viewed ( go. pc­world.com/rvpn), or by third-party generic soft­ware such as the OPENVPN client or Cisco Any­con­nect.

An­other op­tion that’s gen­er­ally sup­ported by most vir­tual pri­vate net­works is to use Mi­crosoft’s built-in VPN client. This is use­ful when some VPNS don’t pro­vide their own client or if you want to use a VPN pro­to­col not

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