You may find yourself needing to access resources on a network when you’re away from it. Using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) is the simple solution to this as it makes a direct connection between your computer and that network. It’s very much like running a cable from wherever you are to your work.
- Right click the windows Start button in the bottom left of your screen.
- left click Network Connections from the menu that appears.
- From the window that appears, look on the left for VPN, left click it and then click Add a VPN connection in the top-center of the screen.
- In the window that appears, you need to configure the following:
- VPN Provider: Windows(Built-in)Connection name: This can be whatever you want – something memorable is recommended.
- Server name or address: The Internet address of the VPN you’re connecting to.
- VPN type: This should be set to the type of VPN you have, we’re using PPTP, but if you’re unsure just use Automatic.
- Type of sign-in info: The sign in method for your VPN, followed by the appropriate credentials in the fields below. Username and password are the default, unless your organisation has chosen a more secure option.
- Click Save and you’re done. You can now select the VPN you want from the list and click the Connect button.
You can also connect to a VPN by left clicking on the connections icon on the taskbar and choosing the VPN from the top of the list. The icon will vary depending on whether you’re connected to WiFi or Ethernet.