router VPN

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) allows establishment of virtual connections between parties across a public network. As part of these connections, the identity of the communicating nodes is concealed and associated data traffic is secured. A network of such links offers secure access to remote locations across the Internet as if users were accessing a local private network.

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Figure 1: Visual representation of a VPN connection

Choosing A VPN Provider For Windows 10 – The market for personal computers is still dominated by the Windows operating system, with Windows 10 reaching a user share of roughly 40% of all PCs just three years after release. A number of unique vulnerabilities have been identified in Windows 10 along the years, such as those related to its native browser, to faulty .NET apps, or to Bashware (exploits that target the built-in Linux shell). Sometimes the only solution to ensure complete protection from such security gaps is to use a VPN, so one would inevitably wonder which Windows 10 VPN provider to go for and what the key selection criteria should be.

There is a series of key factors intrinsic to the VPN service itself that would normally inform this choice. These factors are:

  • the type of encryption protocol best suited for the particular user – this is normally a trade-off between security and access speed/bandwidth.
  • the number of simultaneous connections – this enables access by multiple devices.
  • availability of a wide network of servers worldwide in order to allow efficient access to geo-restricted content but also to avoid traffic bottlenecks
  • P2P friendliness – describes whether the service can work with torrent applications.
  • logging policy – describes which data is collected and stored in logs (less sensitive data collected is better).
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Coverage Of Multiple Operating Systems And Devices – Given today’s realities, a top VPN service would not be restricted to just one OS and one device (the one described on this site can cover up to six devices). Such services usually include:

  • mobile apps for both Android and iOS devices.
  • standalone applications for personal computers running macOS, Linux, and Windows.
  • proxy extensions for browsers like Chrome and Firefox (these enable flexible cross-platform use).
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Another good strategy to ensure secure data access for multiple Wi-Fi-enabled devices simultaneously would be to set up the VPN on the router itself.

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Figure 2: Setting up VPN on a router

Comprehensive Online Resources On VPNs – There are a few resources online where one can compare different VPN services and learn which of them works best with a given operating system, a given application, or even in a specific country. Bestvpnrating.com is an example of such a resource. It also contains a wealth of information on Internet privacy, enabling users to gain awareness of the current trends and state of the art in Internet security. cooltechzone is another online resource for free VPN services.

To conclude, not every computer user will need a VPN service, but for those that do, we’ve presented information in this brief article to make choosing the most appropriate one for your device and OS a bit easier. Whatever the cost, it’s a small price to pay when you need to enhance your security posture on the Internet.

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24 Responses

  1. Can you help me? My older brother installed Linux on my computer and created another partiton just for other data, like files, gtames, images and so on. And he left, not telling me how to swap partitions from the main one, with ubuntu system files to the other, memory one. I would be glad if you can reply, as I couldn’t find anything.
    Apkarp

    1. Provide a little bit more detail, and we’ll see if we can help. What operating systems are installed on the PC?

      Have you called your bro to find out exactly what he did?

      1. I don’t have contact with him right now, but I was watching what he was doing. First he started installing Ubuntu, and created a system partition, on which system was saved. There is a little place for files too, but it’s not much, then he added a swap partition and a partition only fro files, with no system on it (not sure how is it called though). I have only Ubuntu on my computer. Ah, and he said, that he is adding a partition, so if someday I would install windows, then files on this partition could be used from both linux and windows
        Sorry for my english, I’m from Poland.

        1. Ok, what do you want to do, that is, what do you want help with? What edition of Ubuntu is installed on the PC?

          Also, can you post the output of “df -h”. To do that, open a shell terminal, then type “df -h” without the quotes. Then, copy and paste the output so we can see what the partitioning scheme looks like. I think your bro likely created an NTFS partition, but post the output and let’s confirm.

          1. I have Ubuntu 11.04, but I use ubuntu classic skin (probably it doesn’t change anything, but in case of…)

            /dev/sda1 33G 24G 7.6G 76% /
            none 1.6G 680K 1.6G 1% /dev
            none 1.6G 1.4M 1.6G 1% /dev/shm
            none 1.6G 216K 1.6G 1% /var/run
            none 1.6G 0 1.6G 0% /var/lock
            /home/adam/.Private 33G 24G 7.6G 76% /home/adam

            This is what was shown when I entered “df -h”, but I’m kinda sure, that I have more memory there… But I am still learning very basics of Ubuntu, so probably I’m wrong.

    1. Have you tried restarting the installation? What are our hardware specs?

      Btw, I hope you are aware that Ubuntu 11.10 has been released. If you are going to install a distro, you might have well install the latest. See the review here

  2. I have one physical and one logical for my WinXP. When I try to install Ubuntu 10.10, I cannot create more than 2 partitions. May I know how to do it? (creating 3 primary and 1 logical as shown in this example)

    I tried to partition in my WinXP first, but I found out now, I can only create logical partition in WinXP.

    Please advise. Thanks

    1. If you have 1 primary and 1 logical in WinXP, how does Ubuntu’s installer see them – /dev/sda1 and /dev/sda2, or /dev/sda1 and /dev/sda5?

      In either case, you can only create two more primary partitions because the system will not allow more than 4 primary partitions. That’s the way it is.

      If the installer recognizes the partitions as sda1 and sda2, you can create the first partition as a primary partition, and subsequent partitions as logical. In this case, the first partition created will be /dev/sda3, and the logical partitions will be /dev/sda5, /dev/sda5, etc.

      If your goal is to dual boot WinXp and Ubuntu, these tutorials could be of help:

  3. Hey, I’ve installed Ubuntu 10.10 with no swap, and now I want the system to use a swap memory. With GParted I created the swap space and formated it for doing that, and now this memory is not in use. How do I make Ubuntu see and use this swap memory? Thanks in advance!

    1. I think you have to add an entry for it in /etc/fstab.

      Here’s what an entry in Linux Mint 10 looks like:

      proc /proc proc nodev,noexec,nosuid 0 0
      /dev/sda3 / ext4 errors=remount-ro 0 1
      /dev/sda1 /boot ext2 defaults 0 2
      /dev/sda2 none swap sw 0 0

      Be sure to change the file system (/dev/sda2 above) to match your system.

      Btw, I did not know that you could install Ubuntu without swap.

    1. and further i can’t see anyone needing 20GB for /, ever! unless they are using /opt for extra programs. 8GB should be a super dooper liberal amount even for the most “load every program from the repository and never clean apt” kinda user.

  4. You love troubles. Or is there other reason why you formated /boot with ext4 fs? ext2 is far better option for /boot partition…

  5. Another note: the Ubuntu desktop installer is pretty lo-fi. But you can use encrypted partitions with it anyway. Just prepare your partitions with fdisk, set it up as LUKS, pre-mount the crypted partitions, and start the installer afterwards. It will pick those settings up. However, it requires some post-processing still (chroot to target partition, adapt fstab and crypttab, and install ‘cryptsetup’ package to have boot image updated).

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