VPN Setup Guide: VPNHQ

VPN Setup Guide: VPNHQ

Guide to setting up a VPN account with VPNHQ, and protecting your data and Internet traffic from identity thieves, overzealous copyright holders, and govt filtering regimes for $7 dollars a month.

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) has never been more important it seems. Public Wi-Fi connections are fertile ground for identity thieves and criminals. Copyright holders constantly monitor BitTorrent swarms for the IP addresses of infringers. Govts around the globe, the US in particular, have proposed legislation to filter the Internet. A VPN eliminates all of these worries.

A VPN is a virtual private network with “virtual” encrypted connections routed through the Internet to remote servers. The data traveling between you and those servers is encrypted, and the IP address that will appear while surfing or downloading content from the Internet will be that of the server and not your own.

In the past I’ve mentioned free VPN services and Giganews‘ popular VyprVPN, and now I’d like to add VPNHQ to the mix. For the cost of a couple of Starbuck’s lattes – a mere $7 bucks per month – you can have peace of mind that your data and traffic is protected and unimpeded.

You have a choice of serves that include: Amsterdam, London, Salt Lake City, Atlanta, Chicago, and Tokyo. The basic package ($7 p/mo) offers PPTP, and L2TP. You also get unlimited connection speed and data transfers.

So how do you set it up? It’s not as quick and easy as VyprVPN is (install and connect), but it’s still pretty easy.

Before you get started you’ll need to create an account for each server you want to connect to, replete with a unique username and password. Once that’s done do as follows.


Creating a VPN Connection

1. Start > Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center

2. Select “Set Up a New Connection or Network”


3. Select “Connect to a Workplace”


4. Select “Use my Internet Connection (VPN)”


5. Enter the IP Address of the Server You Want to Connect To


6. Enter Your Username and Password


7. Press “Connect”


8. Now here we have two paths: for L2TP press “Skip”; for PPTP you’re done.


Configuring L2TP

1. Network and Sharing Center > Change Adapter Settings

2. “Right-Click” the VPN Connection and Select “Properties”

3. Click “Security” Tab

4. Change “Type of VPN” to “L2TP”


5. Click “Advanced”

Enter the preshared key you were given when you created the account for the given server you’re trying to connect to.


That’s it, now you should be able to connect to it under your “Network Connections.”

I’ll continue to cover more VPN services in the future so stay tuned.

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