Setting up VPN for a Chromebook
Posted June 12, 2016on:
This is Part 2 of my first impressions of my new Toshiba Chromebook 2. Read Part 1 here.
I wondered if I could protect myself while using public networks like Wireless@SG. I was not disappointed.
Instructions on how to do this will vary with VPN providers. I use Private Internet Access (PIA) and this is what worked for me.
- Get to Chromebook Settings by clicking on your profile (bottom right hand side of screen).
- Click on “Add connection”” and then on “OpenVPN / L2TP”.
- Fill in the fields in the dialogue box that appears (see screenshot below).
- See this list of PIA servers for a server hostname.
- The preshared key is “mysafety”.
- Your username is not the same as the one generated by PIA. It starts with “x” instead of “p”.
- Server CA certificate, User certificate, OTP, and Group name can be left default or blank.
- Select “Save identity and password” to make it easy to connect to the VPN.
- When connected to wifi, click on the “Connect” button.
- After a few seconds, you should be connected to the VPN of your choice. Verify this with WhatsMyIPAddress.
- The list of VPN servers you set up will be listed in your profile menu. Here are examples that I set up in my Chromebook.
- You can set up as many as you wish by repeating the steps above.