The world is using VPN, and you need one too. With the fight over net neutrality all around the world, you may soon find your ISP has blocked access to many sites. And VPNs are an easy way to remove those restrictions.
A VPN (or Virtual Private Network) creates a secure connection to another network over the Internet. The server, most of the times, is in some other country. In this way, people use VPNs to access services available in only those countries.
Although your ISP connects you to the World Wide Web, it is the VPN that would tunnel the traffic for you and would handle all the requests you would be making.
There is a bunch of uses of a secured VPN connection in Windows 7, and one of the prominent ones is accessing geo-blocked services and second, hiding your activity from your ISP or the administrator of the network.
Although a premium one ExpressVPN is the best VPN for Windows 7 and using its Windows client (or application), you can set-up a Virtual Private Network in no time.
How to create new VPN connection in Windows 7
For setting up VPN Windows 7 users first need to create an account with ExpressVPN. Then follow these steps:
i) Download the client either from the link in the welcome email or after logging in to your ExpressVPN account.
ii) An “activation code” is also displayed on the page which you should copy for later use.
iii) Install the application and the drivers, as requested during the process.
iv) Upon completion, exit the Setup Wizard and launch the application.
Now that you have installed the ExpressVPN client, set up the connection. Paste the “activation code” on the setup screen. Follow the steps, and you will see the successful activation screen upon completion.
How to use ExpressVPN
Now that the setup is successful using ExpressVPN is pretty straightforward. To connect to a server, click the ON button. The Smart Location feature is turned on by default. It selects a suitable server for best use. But you can choose a server you would like to.
Once the connection is on, you can begin your anonymous journey. And to disconnect, click on the same button and your connection would go off.
Using ExpressVPN, you can enjoy the following benefits:
• It encrypts the traffic and keeps it safe from the eyes of ISP.
• Some of the services may be inaccessible from your region. You can use them through an ExpressVPN server.
• There also is a situation when a website shows different prices for different regions. So, ExpressVPN can be money-saver at times.
• As the traffic is encrypted, it also saves you from data-theft when on unsecured networks.
• It supports use on three devices at a time.
Apart from privacy and security, and bypassing network blocks, there also are other uses for VPNs. A VPN can increase the productivity of a company. You can access the files on your company’s network from home or any other place. Upon connecting with the office, you can also share files with other users in the group.
Using a VPN may lead to a better performance. ISPs throttle the traffic for certain connections. Many times, they lower the speeds for connections such as those using BitTorrent protocols. With the encrypted traffic data, ISPs can’t read the data and would provide you higher average speeds.
While proxy services work just in browsers, VPNs provide complete anonymity with all the applications that are accessing the Web. You must give it a try.
How to Delete a VPN Connection in Windows 7
It’s a rare event that someone is not satisfied with VPN services. It opens for you a whole new world. But if you want to delete the ExpressVPN connection, you should first uninstall the client.
To uninstall the ExpressVPN application:
i) Go to “Start Menu” and click on “Control Panel.”
ii) In the window that opens, find “Uninstall a program” under the “Programs” category.
iii) Select ExpressVPN and click “Uninstall.”
iv) Follow the steps in the Setup wizard and you are done.
Even after uninstalling, if the system lists ExpressVPN as a VPN connection:
i) Go to “Start Menu” and click “Run.”
ii) Type ncpa.cpl and click “OK” to open the Network Connections window.
iii) Right click on the connection labeled as ExpressVPN and click “Delete.”
iv) Next, go to the list of VPN and delete ExpressVPN.
But I am sure, you would like to install it soon.