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    Windows 10 VPN

    Noticed Windows 10 comes loaded with a VPN (Vitual Private Network).
    Anyone know of a tutorial that explain how to setup, use, and maintain it?

    I know basic behind a VPN, but have never used one. Would like some videos or step by step training in its usage.

    Thanks in advance for your help.

    Richard
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    Thank you Rick.
    In the instructions it says to:

    Under the Server Name or Address, enter the IP address you got from the VPN service provider. You cannot set up the VPN connection in Windows 10 without the URL or IP address of VPN server.

    Not sure how to do this.
    Say I am sitting in StarBucks have a cup of coffee and want to connect to their free WiFi.
    How would I accomplish this using a VPN to improve my safe surfing.

    Thanks,
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    Quote Originally Posted by RSpring View Post
    Thank you Rick.
    In the instructions it says to:

    Under the Server Name or Address, enter the IP address you got from the VPN service provider. You cannot set up the VPN connection in Windows 10 without the URL or IP address of VPN server.

    Not sure how to do this.
    Say I am sitting in StarBucks have a cup of coffee and want to connect to their free WiFi.
    How would I accomplish this using a VPN to improve my safe surfing.

    Thanks,
    You need to connect to a VPN provider to do what you want to do and that's usually a subscription service. If you don't have a VPN provider, there's not much you can do with the built-in VPN client.

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    You have to subscribe to a VPN service. That is how you'd get the VPN server URL or IP. Windows 10 just provides the client side software to establish a VPN connection.
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    Sorry, the WindowsClub tutorial didn't make it clear it was setting up the built-in VPN client to connect to a VPN provider... and that the VPN provider provides the name and/or remote IP address of its VPN server. So, if you were sitting in Starbucks you first connect into their free wifi. Once you have that internet connection then you can use the Windows 10 VPN client to tunnel through the internet to your VPN provider's server.

    I think this How to Set Up a VPN in Windows 10 article explains it better from the perspective of using a particular VPN provider and this 5 Best Free VPNs – July 2016 review should give you an idea of what's available.

    Hope this helps...

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    Use caution with any 'Best' type website, they're usually designed to push something that most profitable for them, not what's best for you.

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    From the link to BestVPN.com's review of FREE services, it is deliberately designed to plug Express VPN (which is not free), by putting it on the top of the list.
    Elsewhere on the site they do admit to receiving compensation from the companies they review.
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    Most VPN providers provide the software needed for their product, so there is no need to use the Windows VPN client.

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    Thank you all for the education.
    I believe I can now make a informed decision.

    Thanks,
    Richard Spring

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