This Article is About
pptp vpn
virtual ip address
iplayer
sstp
vpn server
vpn service
data encryption
protocol
Windows 7 Pptp Vpn - Tv And Movies, Or Privacy Online?
Join 1000's of Authors at StreetArticles Today!

Windows 7 Pptp Vpn  -  Tv And Movies, Or Privacy Online?

When signing up for a VPN service, there are a lot of variables at play. One of them is your operating system. So we know that you're using Windows 7. Another one is which kind of VPN protocol you want to sign up for. We now know this is PPTP. But are you sure that you want to use a Windows 7 PPTP VPN? I don't mean to discourage you from using this VPN protocol, but you should be aware of some things before you sign up for this VPN. You may be using old information to make your decision.

In my book, the only reason you should want to use PPTP VPN for Windows would be for speedy access to foreign TV and movies online. As you probably know, a VPN can change your IP address. One of the main advantages of using a virtual IP address is making it appear as if you're in another country. This can get you access to Netflix and Hulu outside The USA, iPlayer outside The UK, or any number of the geo-restricted county-specific television sites out there. You only need a VPN server in the country of your choice. It's that simple.

But, if you're using a VPN for privacy or security online, there are better choices out there.

For example, if you're using a VPN to access your home office remotely, or planning on using a VPN to allow employees access to work servers remotely, then encryption should be at the top of your list. The standard 128-bit SSL will perform far better than the dinosaur-like PPP encryption of a PPTP VPN.

If you're using a VPN for privacy online, the same rules are going to apply. Why would you make the decision to hide your IP address, make your online activity privacy, but then invest in a cheap and outdated VPN protocol?

SSTP is a Microsoft produced VPN protocol, and is compatible with Windows 7 and Windows Vista. It uses SSL encryption, which is a widely trusted type of data encryption, and strong enough to withstand most types of security breaches. Chances are you're not sending top-secret documents to government spies, and you won't need to upgrade to military grade encryption. There is that option however.

That being said, Windows 7 PPTP VPN is not bad. There have been many improvements made to it in previous years, and loopholes in the PPP encryption have been fixed. It's not a bad choice. And if you're on a budget, the fact that many VPN service providers offer discounts for this type of VPN means that PPTP VPN can be a good compromise. After all, something is better than nothing. And remember, SSTP is not the only other option. L2TP and OpenVPN both feature advanced types of data encryption, L2TP using IPSec encryption and OpenVPN using SSL encryption (like SSTP). Not all VPN service providers offer SSTP VPN, so OpenVPN is used very often even though it is not a Microsoft product like SSTP.


Street Talk

No comments present
You May Also Like
Hulu In Saudi Arabia With Openvpn Or Pptp VPN
You don't have to go without the ability access Hulu in Saudi Arabia without a bit of technology. This website is home to over a thousand different television programs plus various movies. All of them are high in quality and easy to access. It is very simple website to use…
By: Sunny Walters in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Movies TV   May 27, 2012  
0
  Likes: 1

The Search for A Good VPN Provider
It has taken me quite some time to work out what the best VPN provider for me is. In the process I had several bad experiences and almost gave up on using VPNs entirely. I am glad I stuck with it though, because using a VPN has been fantastic for…
By: Roderick B in  Computers and Technology   Apr 17, 2013  
0
  Likes: 0

Top VPN Provider
There is a lot of debate about what is the top VPN provider. Websites often recommend one particular VPN provider or another, based on their own experience and some level of personal bias. I believe that the only way to work out what the best VPN provider is for you,…
By: Roderick B in  Computers and Technology   Apr 17, 2013  
0
  Likes: 0

Pptp Or L2tp VPN for Android - Making the Decision Easier
There are many write ups on what kind of virtual private network you should use for Android phones and tablets. The problem is that many don't make it clear that VPNs can be used for a variety of things. What you use the private network connection for will influence what…
By:  in  Communications  >  Mobile Cell Phone   Jun 26, 2012  
2
  Likes: 2

Fast VPN - Is It The Protocol Or the Provider?
One of the things that most people look for when they are consider purchasing a VPN service is whether they are getting a fast VPN. For the most part, speed is very important when you are online. Even if you are simply using the internet for accessing webpages, like your…
By: Roderick B in  Computers and Technology   Jan 08, 2013  
0
  Likes: 1

Stream Channel 4 Outside the UK on Android, Iphone, Windows, And Mac
Channel 4 is a popular television station in The UK. They even have a streaming site available online that allows members to stream shows shortly after they've aired on television. Wouldn't it be convenient to be able to get streaming Channel 4 outside The UK? Not only could British expats…
By:  in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Movies TV   Jul 08, 2012  
0
  Likes: 1

Anonymous VPN for Iphone & Ipad
Using an anonymous VPN for iPhone and iPad has a couple of uses. They're not very commonly used now, but as the government, advertisers, and other users get nosier and force themselves into our every day private lives, the idea of 'anonymity online' becomes more and more attractive. When you…
By:  in  Communications  >  Mobile Cell Phone   Jul 24, 2012  
0
  Likes: 0

Watch Netflix Outside the US on Iphone
For owners of Netflix accounts with iPhones, you'll be happy to know that you can watch Netflix outside The US on iPhone with a virtual private network. I know, it sounds a bit 'involved', this virtual private network things, but it's actually pretty easy to get set up and running.…
By:  in  Computers and Technology  >  Mobile Computing   May 30, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

IP Address Hiding Software for Iphone And Android
Yeah, that title is a mouthful. If you want to get a VPN for your iPhone or Android however, there's a bit of a learning curve when it comes to understanding just what you're getting yourself into. Luckily, there's an easy way, and a hard way. I'll be honest and…
By:  in  Gaming   Mar 12, 2012  
1
  Likes: 10

Private VPN for Android
Using a private VPN for Android does what else but increase your privacy while connected to the internet. If privacy is a concern of yours, there really is nothing better to do than to start using a VPN. What VPNs do VPNs use encryption and tunneling to hide your IP…
By:  in  Communications  >  Mobile Cell Phone   Jul 27, 2012  
1
  Likes: 1

VPN Service Reviews - Some Stuff You Should Know Before You Buy
If you are looking at getting a VPN to get past censorship or to improve your online security, you might find yourself bogged down due to the large number of VPN service reviews that are available. The problem is, these reviews don’t really tell you a lot. The main reason…
By: Roderick B in  Computers and Technology   Jan 07, 2013  
0
  Likes: 1

Pptp Vpn for Iphone
Getting a pptp vpn for your iphone isn't that difficult. All you need is a credit card, a mouse, and a brain. Setting it up is even easier. There are many companies to choose from for quality pptp vpn's for iPhone. Some of the larger companies that provide this service…
By:  in  Computers and Technology  >  Software   Apr 15, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

Pptp Vpn for Ipad
A PPTP vpn for iPad is a very popular choice because of the simplicity of its installation. When compared to another popular vpn protocol, L2TP, set up takes a less time and requires just a password, username, and server location, all of which are provided by your vpn service. There…
By:  in  Computers and Technology  >  Software   May 12, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

Get A Cypriot IP Address on Your Phone & Computer
Not many people know this, but an Cypriot IP address is an IP address from Cyprus. Like most countries in the world, it's possible to access VPN servers in the country to change your IP address. This means that you can be in any country in the world, connect to…
By:  in  Computers and Technology   Jul 14, 2012  
0
  Likes: 2

Pptp VPN for Mac
There are plenty of reasons to get a vpn for your Mac, mainly computer security. Stealing user names and passwords is unfortunately becoming quite a common practice these days, and user-friendly software designed to jack your private information is turning up in the form of downloadable programs and Firefox add-ons…
By:  in  Computers and Technology  >  Software   Apr 19, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

Article Views: 2082    Report this Article