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Setting up VPN on Windows 8

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on Firewall
 

PPTP

The easiest way — if you want to provide only the change of location when data protection is not important.

+ Easy to set up, supported by all devices and OS
The lowest level of protection
OS support all operating systems
Port 1723 TCP
Device support all devices
Difficulty of setting up
Speed
Stability, reliability
Security
Difficulty of blocking on Firewall

L2TP

When you need to change the location and protect of the transferred data, and the data transfer speed is not important.

+ Easy to set up, more secure than PPTP
Not always passes through the Firewall
OS support all operating systems (on Linux required to install additional packages)
Port 500 UDP
Device support supported by most devices (routers require additional configuration)
Difficulty of setting up
Speed
Stability, reliability
Security
Difficulty of blocking on Firewall

OpenVPN

The best choice — allows to ensure high security, speed and reliability.

+ Most secure
Requires to install additional software
OS support all operating systems, requires to install additional software
Port any TCP/UDP port
Device support all devices
Difficulty of setting up
Speed
Stability, reliability
Security
Difficulty of blocking on Firewall

New operating systems feature significant security improvements. However, they are still not perfect. In order to increase the security you only need to setup VPN for Windows 8. Obviously this is not a guarantee of 100% protection, but this measure will significantly improve the security of data transfer over the Internet.

Besides, running VPN on Windows 8 allows using websites that are blocked for your country. Notably, these are websites with access open only for specific location: various foreign media sharing services, where new series, TV programs, music compositions and podcasts are shared (like Spotify, Netflix, Hulu and many others). Using VPN you will be able to unlock the access to various social networking websites and YouTube in order to send messages to your friends and take a rest during a working day, being not afraid of punishment from your employer.

VPN setup on Windows 8 is very simple. Even a person completely unaware of such technologies will need only a few minutes to set it up following our instructions.

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