VPN.ac are a Romanian based VPN service provider owned by Netsec Interactive Solutions SRL. We did a VPN.ac Review in 2016 and found them to be reliable, fast and surprisingly good for the price considering they are sit in the mid to lower end price range. Their service is actually one of the better ones out there and come highly recommended from others and ourselves. VPN.ac are highly security focused and while they are an ideal option for most VPN type needs such as privacy, encryption, accessing geo-restricted content and all the usual type activities they are also one of the more forward thinking providers in terms of security and encryption and from my own experiences at the forefront of pushing those aspects of their service.
While they may be one of the lesser known providers in terms of name they are definitely one that may but shouldn’t be overlooked. So if you’ve signed up already or are considering signing up then you’ll be wondering how easy it is to make connection. VPN.ac offer software for a range of devices and also offer configuration files for applications such as OpenVPN and details on how to make connection via the various other protocols like PPTP and L2TP/IPsec.
For the purpose of this guide I will concentrate on how to make connection to VPN.ac on a Windows system. Luckily for Windows based computers VPN.ac provide custom software which is rather easy to use and for those new to the VPN circuit it is a great place to start and actually the easiest headache free way to make connection.
Once you’ve signed up and received your login details you firstly need to visit the VPN.ac Website.
In the top right hand corner select “Client Area“. Login with the details you signed up to their site with when ordering your service, these are not the same details you received to connect to the VPN servers.
Select the “Support” tab and then “Downloads“.
Under the heading Most Popular Downloads click the first option, “VPN.AC Client Software“. The file will now be attempted to be downloaded, save this in a location that is easy to locate for yourself. The actual custom software comes inside a .ZIP file, this is an archive which needs extracting. If you have a newer version of Windows you should just be able to double click on the file but if not you’ll need a program such as 7-Zip which is free and will help you extract the custom software.
Once extracted inside the folder that has been created is a new icon named “VPNAc.exe” double click this to run the program. If you’ve never had OpenVPN installed or another VPN providers software then you may be required to install the TUN/TAP driver. The software itself will guide you through this process so you don’t need to worry about downloaded that from anywhere else.
You are more than likely to get asked “Do you want to allow the following program from an unknown publisher to make changes to this computer?” This is normal and a requirement, so just select Yes to continue. You’ll now be presented with the main window of the VPN.ac custom software. It is rather self explanatory but for those who are new I’ll run through the various areas of the software.
At the top of the window is an area to enter your VPN login and password credentials, you can both save the password to stop the need for re-entering it each time and also display it if you struggle typing in all the random characters that usually make up a good password. The first box below this is the server location selection. Using the drop down arrow you can change which server you connect to.
Beneath this is the protocol. The most secure is the default option which is OpenVPN (256 bits) but if you find a need for one of the other protocols they are available to select in this section. Next we have the port selection option. This doesn’t specifically need changing unless you want to, if you don’t understand it then it is fine to leave on the default setting.
The sections below are reserved for news and other information regarding the connection and are available to view for your information. The very final area is the “Connect” button which does exactly what it says. When connected this changes to a “Disconnect” button and again does as the word explains.
There is very little else to be said about the software because it is extremely easy to use. Once connected you can minimise it to the notification area and leave it running in the background.