How to create a small-network VPN

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I searched your site (great site BTW) and found some aspects of my questions addressed but they don’t really answer fuly. So, if you don’t mind, here it goes. My technology knowledge is pretty low. I have 5 PCs at home. 2 Vista, 2XP and 1 Mac OS. I would like to keep our Internet connections and surfing safe and private. From what I read VPN seems to be the way to go. But, I don’t know how to create the VPN through the wireless router to include all PCs. I am assuming the router is the way to go but really I am not sure. I have read about Vista VPN but I don’t understand how to set it up and don’t know if it will do what I am trying to achieve. I also don’t know if I need additional software to make this happen. There will be the occasional access to the Home Network from remote locations but mostly I am trying to keep the Internet surfing safe and private. I am pretty sure a techie neighbour has tapped into our email and surfing based on comments made. Your help would be much appreciated. Thank you! -Paulo

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5 PCs: 2 XP, 2 Vista, 1 Mac OS. Wireless router D-Link 615
ASKED: October 20, 2010  11:15 PM
UPDATED: November 10, 2010  2:33 PM

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You would only need a VPN to connect across the internet to another network. Secure your router by changing default password, secure your wireless with WPA or WPA2 encryption. For remote access in from the outside if it is occasional I would suggest <a href=”https://secure.logmein.com/”>Logmein</a>. It provides free encrypted remote connectivity.

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  • TomLiotta
    What would your VPN connect to? Generally, a VPN is intended to connect two locations securely. For example, you might connect from your home network to the local network at your work site. You could then work from your home PCs as if they were part of the local network at your office site. But it wouldn't help much if you were browsing links from a Google search. If you connected to Amazon.com to buy books, the actual connection to Amazon would travel across the internet as it always did. Amazon and Google and all of the other sites in the world can not be part of your VPN (Virtual Private Network). If they were, it wouldn't be "private". Tom
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  • FrankTheTank
    Yeah a VPN is used to connect two separate networks together and would not benefit you at all in your own home. Do as Spadasoe suggested and secure your network with wireless WPA security and Firewalls to keep that guy out. And change your default routers password so he cant change it back when you finish.
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