How To Configure a VPN in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

How To Configure a VPN

Virtual Private Networks provide a way to extend private networks via the Internet. VPN provides access to private networks from anywhere in the world using a secure encrypted connection and can not be intercepted easily. You can use a VPN to connect from home to corporate network you work or to connect to your home network when you are on a trip or in the office. Regardless of why you want to access a network via VPN, both Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 gives you the tools necessary for such connections.

Here's how it works:

First of all, what do you need to make a VPN connection?

To connect to a virtual private network, you need its configuration details:

  1. IP address (or domain) VPN server.
  2. Name your VPN connection and the VPN account details (username and password).
  3. Any other special technical details that must be configured for this connection to be successful.

If you have these details handy, and an Internet connection, you can connect to the VPN server using the instructions in the next section.

How To Create A VPN Connection In Windows 8 And Windows 8.1?

You must open the Network and Sharing Center. From here starts the setup procedure.

Press or click the link "Set up a connection or network" in the "Change Network Settings". It opens up a connection or network. Select "Connection workplace" and click Next.

Connected at work is started. You are asked how you want to connect. Choose "Use my Internet connection (VPN)".

Now you are required to connect via VPN details. Enter the Internet address of the VPN server in the Internet address field. Then enter the VPN connection.

Then, select or clear the check boxes for the other configuration options, according to the details that you have on the VPN connection. It is recommended that you do not check the "Remember credentials". If an unwanted person has access to your computer, it will be very easy to use VPN connection to access more data. It is best to enter login credentials (username, password) each time you want to connect.

After that, click Create.

After a few seconds, the VPN connection is created and Windows will display panel ‘Networks’. The new VPN connection is listed in the Connections section.

How We Connect Through VPN In Windows 8 And Windows 8.1?

VPN connection is now created and configured correctly. Finally, we can use it to connect. Go to the Desktop and open the Network panel (click on the Network icon in the notification area).

In the Connections section, tap the VPN connection and click the Connect button. You are asked to log in using a user account and password. Enter the required details and click OK. In seconds, Windows connects to the VPN server and network panel disappears automatically.

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