VPN servers are an ideal way to protect your privacy and security when browsing the web. As it stands today, plenty of users are already comfortable running their VPN in the background of their home computer while streaming media, downloading content, and conducting important financial transactions. This is because the more you learn about the importance of protecting your privacy with a VPN, the more clearly you realize how unsecured common public wireless networks really are.

 

Even if the public WiFi network at your favorite cafe is password-protected, you are still sharing a network with everybody else that’s connected to it at the same time. While the firewalls associated with Internet routers may protect online users from basic malware, your browsing data is still available to those who know how to find it. Fortunately, you can use yourProxy ServerVPN service wherever you go, and securely connect to a public WiFi network with ease.

 

Log In to ProVPN

Make sure you have ProxyServer’s ProVPN installed on your mobile device. See How Easy is it to Set Up YourProxy ServerVPN? for full installation instructions.

 

On your ProVPN home screen, log in and select the server closest to your nearest location, using the same methods you would use on your home network to determine the best server (see: How to Select the Best VPN Server for Your Location).

PROXY SERVER | Username | Password | Selected: Remember Me | Server (dropdown menu) | Connect | Support | Reset Password | Sign Up

 

ProVPN runs in the background with an unobtrusive window you can minimize at your convenience. The window provides useful information such as your original server location, your current server location, and your data usage:

 

PROXY SERVER | New IP: Canada | Old IP: USA - Saint Petersburg | Session Data: 228 KB | Connected Time: 1 min | Disconnect | Support | Reset Password | Sign Up

 

That’s all there is to it! All you have to do is install, login, and connect, just as you would with your home network, and you are safely browsing anywhere you go. Now you can set your mind at ease when connecting to a public WiFi network, and take your work on-the-go with peace of mind.

 

Additional Tips

 

Before you run yourProxy ServerVPN service, there are a few housecleaning tips you can practice to make your laptop more secure. The most important step is to disable all of your sharing preferences.

 

Chances are, your device is automatically set up to recognize other devices in your home such as your printer and desktop computer. Depending on your home setup, you may have several sharing settings enabled all the time.

 

Windows

 

In your Control Panel, navigate to Network and Internet -> Network and Sharing Center:

 

Windows Control Panel menu | Selected: Network and Internet

 

Control Panel: Network and Internet | Selected: Network and Sharing Center

 

In the left sidebar, select Change advanced sharing settings:

 

Windows advanced sharing settings menu: Control Panel Home | Manage wireless networks | Change adapter settings | Selected: Change advanced sharing settings

 

You will see that Windows has separate security “profiles” for private and public networks. This means that you can keep your home sharing settings exactly the way you like them while adjusting your public profile to protect your device while connected to a public network.

 

Select the drop-down arrow to the right of “Public” and turn off network discovery, file and printer sharing, and public folder sharing:

 

Network & Sharing Center: Advanced Sharing Settings menu | Public (dropdown selected): Network discovery: When network discovery is on, this computer can see other network computers and devices and is visible to other network computers. What is network discovery? Turn on network discovery | Selected: Turn off network discovery | File and printer sharing: When file and printer sharing is on, files and printers that you have shared from this computer can be accessed by people on the network. Turn on file and printer sharing | Selected: Turn off file and printer sharing | Public folder sharing: When Public folder sharing is on, people on the network, including homegroup members, can access files in the Public folders. What are Public folders? Turn on sharing so anyone with network access can read and write files in the Public folders | Selected: Turn off Public folder sharing (people logged on to this computer can still access these folders)

 

Remember to save your changes before closing out of the Control Panel window.

 

Mac

 

On Mac OS X, everything you need will be found in System Preferences -> Sharing:

 

Selected: Apple Menu Icon (Dropdown: About This Mac | System Preferences | App Store) | Finder | File | Edit | View | Go

 

Apple System Preferences Menu - Selected: Sharing

 

Uncheck all sharing-related settings.

 

Apple file sharing menu: All deselected: DVD or CD Sharing | Screen Sharing | File Sharing | Printer Sharing | Remote Login | Remote Management | Remote Apple Events | Internet Sharing | Bluetooth Sharing

 

If you have a firewall enabled, go back to System Preferences and navigate to Security & Privacy -> Firewall:

 

Apple System Preferences Menu - Selected: Security & Privacy

 

Apple Security & Privacy Menu: General | FileVault | Selected: Firewall | Privacy

 

Select Advanced… and make sure your computer is in “stealth mode” (this disables network discovery).

 

Wrap-Up

 

ProxyServer makes it easy to install, login, and connect in three simple steps. Once you install ProxyServer’s ProVPN service on your personal devices, you can connect to any wireless network and browse securely. In addition, by following our best practice device housecleaning tips you can make sure your mobile device always has the optimal settings for secure and private browsing on private networks.

 

For additional ways to use ProVPN, check out our How-To tutorials.