Customers may download one of the available clients for their operating system. The Windows client ships with a list of features that you may enable to improve your privacy and security while being connected to one of the company servers.
The following guide lists and explains all settings that the Windows client version of Private Internet Access provides currently.
We have used the latest version of the client, version 0.65, for that. We will update the guide when features change. If you notice that before us, let us know in the comments so that we can update the article.
You can open the settings by right-clicking on the Private Internet Access icon in the Windows system tray area.
Please note that you can only access the settings if you are not connected to the VPN at that time. If you are, you need to disconnect first before you can do so.
The client uses three configuration pages of which one, simple, is not of much use.
The advanced settings page, which you see on the screenshot above, lists several options that you want to check out and configure.
While it is up to you and your requirements what to enable on the settings page, it is usually a good idea to enable all features but PIA MACE and Debug mode.
A click on encryption displays options to set various encryption related parameters.
The selection depends largely on your requirements. Want maximum protection? Select AES-256, SHA-256 and RSA-4096. Want all speed and no safety at all? Pick None, None and ECC-256k1.
The default recommendation is AES-128, SHA-1 and RSA-2048.
The client displays warning if you choose none for data encryption or data authentication, or when you chose ECC for Handshake.
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