Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol or SSTP is one of the advanced and highly secure protocols used by most VPN services to secure all the traffic being transferred along their networks. Many users prefer using SSTP over other less secure protocols such as Point to Point Tunneling Protocol or PPTP which is considered the least secure VPN protocol. SSTP provides a mechanism to transfer PPP traffic through an SSL/TLS channel. SSL/TLS provides transport-level security with key negotiation, encryption and traffic integrity checking. There are 2 ways to secure your internet connected device; either through downloading the VPN application on it which already has all the security protocols pre-configured on it or by manually setting up your preferred protocol on your device. In this tutorial we will show you how to manually setup a SSTP connection on your Windows 10 device.
1- Click to open the start menu
2- On the left side of the start menu click on the “Settings” icon
3- On the “Settings” page select “Network and Internet”
4- From the panel on the left in the “Network and Internet” page, select “VPN”
5- At the top of the “VPN” page, click on “Add a VPN Connection”
6- In the “Add a VPN Connection” window, click to open the drop-down menu labeled “VPN provider” and select “Windows (built-in)”
7- In the field labeled “Connection name” type in the name you prefer to give to this connection or the one preferred by your VPN provider
8- In the field labeled “Server name or address” type in the IP address or the hostname of the server you want to connect to (You can find this in the VPN provider’s website and make sure that this server supports SSTP)
9- Click to open the drop-down menu labeled “VPN type” and select “Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol (SSTP)”
10- Click to open the drop down menu labeled “Type of sign-in info” and select “Username and password”
11- In the fields labeled “Username” and “Password” type in your VPN credentials
12- Click on the checkbox labeled “Remember my sign-in info” (only if you want it to connect automatically without asking you for the credentials each and every time)
13- Click on “Save”
At this point you are taken back to the “VPN” page and at the top of the page you will find the VPN connection you have just created.
14- Click to select this connection and click on “Connect”
Setting up any VPN connection manually on Windows 10 is considered one of the easiest out of all operating systems, however Windows is considered one of the least secure operating systems. This is why either downloading a VPN application or manually setting up a VPN connection (in this case a SSTP connection) on your windows 10 is not considered an option anymore. Especially with the online world becoming less secure, private, or free day after day.