Windows VPN Setup: How to VPN from Home in Windows
Using a VPN can make working from home a breeze. Connecting to a VPN in Windows is simple enough; all you need is a VPN to connect to. This is especially helpful if you're trying to work remotely on your work or personal computer. This guide covers the VPN creation process for Windows machines.
What is a VPN?
VPN stands for virtual private network. You can log in to a VPN from anywhere with an internet connection, but your machine will register as having a local connection to the VPN. It's common for businesses to have a company VPN that can be accessed remotely. By logging into the VPN from home, your machine will behave as though it's connected to the company network. Many people also use a VPN to stream video from another country.
Using a password manager like 1Password or NordPass will add an extra layer of security when working remotely. However, a password isn't required to create a VPN.
Which VPN provider should I choose?
While Windows does have a built-in SSTP VPN, we aren't completely convinced about its security. At Howchoo, we use NordVPN. We feel that it's the best in terms of speed, so it doesn't slow down our work too much. They also have a free option if you're looking for something on the cheap. Check out our full review of NordVPN to see why we love it.
And if you're using something like NordVPN, then it's even easier to connect. All you need to do is click connect in the NordVPN app.
Note: This guide gives instructions for Windows 10 but should work for other versions of Windows too. If you're looking to set up a VPN on a Mac, we have a separate guide on that.