There are a number of benefits to setting up a Chromebook VPN. Secure Wi-Fi networks can’t keep track of user activity, and untrustworthy networks can’t track the location of users either. Additionally, geo-restrictions can be bypassed, which makes it easier to access services such as Netflix in countries where they are not available. For more information, keep reading!
What is a Chromebook VPN?
A VPN is an encrypted connection to a remote server. As a proxy for your internet connection, VPNs act as middlemen. Your device can be connected to a computer/server in the country of your choice, and all web traffic will pass through the remote computer before it reaches your device. You are controlling your computer from a distance. The information you provide here is anonymous. You don’t have to share information like your name or location.
How to set up a Chromebook VPN-Quick Steps
You can set up a Chromebook VPN in three different ways. If your provider offers a Chrome extension, this is the easiest method. All you have to do is install the app and turn on the service.
It is possible to use a Chromebook with Play Store access to run an Android app, but only on Chromebooks with Android interfaces. The Chromebook app is available for pre-installation on your Chromebook, then you can easily set it up as you would your smartphone. The VPN apps in Chrome OS may not work perfectly for every service, so your provider might cause problems.
Here are detailed instructions on the third option, which is slightly more complicated.
Set up using the L2TP protocol
Chromebooks without Play Store access and VPN providers that do not have Chrome extensions will require you to enter all the necessary information manually (L2TP protocol). It requires no technical knowledge and is easy to do, but you need to know where to put the information.
If your Chromebook VPN is using a CA certificate, the first step is to import it. You can follow these steps.
- Your VPN provider should provide you with the CA certificate, which you will need to store on your computer.
- Google Chrome will open and you can access the Chrome settings section via chrome://settings/certificates.
- The top of the page contains a tab called Authorities.
- Follow instructions on the screen to import the CA certificate.
- When that’s done, you can begin configuring your VPN settings.
How to set up a Chromebook VPN Manually: The next steps
- At the bottom-right of the screen, click the notification area.
- Hit the Settings icon to open the settings.
- In the Network section, click Add a connection.
- Choose OpenVPN or L2TP and click Connect.
- You can get the information from your VPN provider (you can type it into the form that appears).
VPN data for every service is offered separately. Your account page and the official website should have everything you need to know. ExpressVPN customers can access the information they need here. The instructions will differ depending on your VPN provider, so you’ll need to contact them or find them on their website.