Hi, you're watching VisiHow and today we are going to show you how to set up your own VPN account. This can be done using a number of VPN providers. However, in our experience StrongVPN tends to be best in the business. There are of course others, but for the purposes of this tutorial, we're going to use StrongVPN.
Let's start by opening the website.
We're going to download StrongVPN for Windows, which we're currently using.
Click on the button to get the download started. Now we get a little popup window asking if we want to Run or Save it. We're going to go ahead and run that application.
You can also use StrongVPN for Android, iOS, or Mac.
You have manual set up options if you prefer to do that - Vista, Windows 7, 8, even 10.
Once the download is ready, click Yes to run the application.
Setup language is English in our case.
Next is the license agreement.
Do we accept the license agreement? Yes we do. Do we read it? Usually, we do not. Should we? ...Probably.
Next you choose the location of your installation.
We're running a 64 bit system, so this is going to install in the x86 folder.
Click next, then Next again.
You might want to include a Desktop icon, since we're going to launch it after the installation is taken care of.
Now it's going to show us what's being installed.
If you don't know what you're doing, or are unfamiliar with this, you can just click Install. The installation is very fast.
Now you are going to get a popup here about always trusting this software from Black Oak Computers.
If you're using this software for VPN, then you either want to hide what you're doing on the internet - which isn't necessarily always a bad thing, you can be travelling in a country where you're worried that people might try to kidnap you, you could be a journalist, you could be posting on a board where you don't want people to know that you post, you also could simply be dealing with secure information like sending company information from a hotel back to your office. There are a number of legitimate reasons why people use VPNs. However, the key part of using VPN is trusting the company that you're using. We've been using Black Oak Computers and StrongVPN for a very long time, never had any problems with them, always had outstanding technical support, and always been able to completely hide our areas from anywhere we may have been in the world. So we're going to go ahead and always trust that. Another bonus to this, is if you don't always trust it, you may have pop ups and issues with Windows Firewall.
So let's go ahead and install.
All done, let's close the web page.
Now we have a StrongVPN Client icon on our desktop.
Double click on that to open it.
We're going to enter our email, and our password.
Then click Login.
We're now logged in.
Your StrongVPN client is going to show your username in the upper area. It also shows your IP address and the country flag.
We're going to log in through Washington DC because that's our home area.
We've got as you can see 15 switches remaining. We can switch to the United Kingdom, Canada, quite a few different places here.
We have a special plan that we're on.
If you have a different plan, you can switch between plans. This may be helpful if you have three or four different plans, one with perhaps unlimited switching or more switching, and you may want to switch to other areas.
This will take a moment.
A popup on the bottom right of your screen will inform you that you've been connected.
You may notice that your internet connection gets disconnected, and that's because it takes StrongVPN a while to get things sorted and connected on its side.
After a bit of a wait, our country flag is changed to the US, and our internet service is up and running.
If we want to check our IP address, we just open up a browser and search Google for "What is my IP".
If you want to know where this IP address is, you can click on one of the website results and it will show you the IP location.
That's it, folks - we're connected to the VPN and this is how it works.
We're going to go ahead and disconnect now, close this, and sign off. If StrongVPN is still running in the background, you can right click the icon and click on Quit.
Thanks for using VisiHow, have a great day, and we look forward to seeing you in our next video.
If you have any other questions about this application, please let us know in the comments section and we'll be happy to add, update, or even create a new video for you.
Video: Set Up and Log Into StrongVPN
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