How (and why) you should set up a VPN
In March, the United States House of Representatives voted to end FCC regulations that limited how internet service providers (ISPs) use their customers’ sensitive personal information, including geographic, health, and financial data, as well as web browsing and app usage history. Compared with the results of a recent Pew Research study, and it’s easy to see why 91% of adults believe that consumers have lost control of how personal information is collected and used by companies.
So, what steps should a conspicuous consumer take to mask their digital footprints? Already, 86% of American internet users admit to taking precautions with their web usage, such as clearing cookies, encrypting their email, and avoiding using their real name. However, many consumers would like to do more to ensure their privacy and are unaware of tools that can help—like setting up a VPN.
What is a VPN?
A virtual private network (VPN) is a self-contained communication network, which only allows members logged in via VPN access to internal data. A publicly available infrastructure such as the internet is used as means of transportation. Therefore, access to a private network via VPN is possible from any location. For example, you can use a VPN connection to read business emails at home. In this case, your local internet connection acts as an “extension cable” to the internet connection at work.
Using a VPN guarantees privacy and security since incoming and outgoing network addresses are scrambled and data is encoded from both senders and receivers. In summary, VPN sets up a secure, private connection between two systems.
How to set up a VPN
To use the VPN, you have to install the OpenVPN software on the local PC.
Attention: For technical reasons, you can only establish one connection to your cloud servers via VPN. If you want to establish multiple VPN connections at the same time, you must configure a VPN connection for every local PC.
- In the left menu, click Network > VPN.
- Click Create.
- Enter the name you want for the VPN.
- In the Advanced Options section, click Show.
- Select the desired data center.
- Click Create.
The VPN is created.