Top 5 VPN Articles & Guides

Selecting and getting the most from a VPN is no easy task for the uninitiated. Our VPN articles and guides will provide you with all the information you need, from how to set up a VPN, to streaming restricted videos and music from the likes of Netflix, Spotify and Hulu. If you have burning questions about VPN services you’ll find all the answers you need right here.
*The following tips and articles are solely recommendations and should not be considered as professional advice.
**the following information is not a legal or professional advice. Please be sure you check the local legislation or restrictions while using a VPN

HideMyAss! VPN Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deal

Maria Novak | | 131 Likes | 0 Comments
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the best days of the year to get incredible deals on virtually anything. VPN users are not left behind, either! VPNs also offer internet users deep discounts this time of year. VPNs are an affordable way to protect...
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Cyber Monday Safe Online Shopping: Protect Yourself with VPN

Andrew Marsden | | 119 Likes | 0 Comments
The holiday season is almost here, and it's time to get excited for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. According to statistics, the 2018 online shopping season is going to be the biggest yet. Online shoppers eagerly await this day to take advantage of...
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Is Amazon Alexa Spying on You?

Maria Novak | | 120 Likes | 0 Comments
Concerns about smart devices spying on you are not new. Since the launch of Amazon Alexa, there have been some noted security and privacy concerns among its customers. As an example, people reported Amazon Alexa letting out random laughs, alarming...
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How to Watch World Series 2018 with a VPN

Andrew Marsden | | 135 Likes | 0 Comments
The postseason Championship Series is underway, and we are edging closer to the eagerly awaited World Series 2018. The 114th edition of the fall baseball classic is set to start on October 23 and run all the way to the October 31. There are various...
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How to Use a VPN for Gaming

Andrew Marsden | | 162 Likes | 0 Comments
Long gone are the days when games were associated with nerdy guys who always locked themselves up in their parent’s basement. Rather, gaming has now become a part of our lives, with more than 155 million people playing video games in the US alone....
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Incognito VS. VPN: Which is the Safer Option?

Maria Novak | | 207 Likes | 0 Comments
We all value our privacy when surfing the internet, but we may not always understand the best way to protect ourselves. Modern browsers now allow for private browsing by using “Incognito Mode” in Google’s Chrome browser and “Private...
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What Can a VPN Do with Your Data?

Maria Novak | | 201 Likes | 0 Comments
VPNs are a fantastic service for internet users, and their invention has greatly increased the overall usefulness of the internet, especially for people in countries with content restrictions and limitations. Unfortunately, not all VPNs are created...
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How to Watch World Cup Finals with a VPN

Maria Novak | | 209 Likes | 0 Comments
It has been an exciting FIFA World Cup so far, with many underdogs winning unexpectedly in typical football fashion. The final has lined itself up, and we have France vs Croatia set to battle it out for the number one spot, which promises to be a...
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6 Steps to Access Public Wifi Safely and Securely

Maria Novak | | 217 Likes | 0 Comments
It’s more or less a force of habit now; our instinctive reaction to scroll through available wifi networks when we find ourselves in public places like malls or airports. We assume that such wifi networks incorporate the same kind of ironclad...
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A Guide to Troubleshooting VPN Errors

Andrew Marsden | | 276 Likes | 0 Comments
VPN has gone mainstream as more consumers choose to utilize it for their everyday Internet use.  With the pending termination of Net Neutrality in the U.S. and the global outrage towards the slipshod management of our social media data, people are...
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A Guide to Setting up a VPN on Your Router

Dilip Prashad | | 285 Likes | 0 Comments
Users throughout the world continue to recognize and reap the rewards of using a VPN when they access and surf the Internet.  Whether you use it to protect your privacy, skirt Internet restrictions, or prevent an ISP or corporate conglomerate from...
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Protect Your Identity By Preventing DNS Leaks

Dilip Prashad | | 244 Likes | 0 Comments
People today are aware of the dangers they face when browsing the internet without any protection. The efforts of people like Edward Snowden and other security experts have not entirely gone to waste as more and more people are using VPNs to protect...
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How to Best Combine VPN and Tor

Maria Novak | | 255 Likes | 0 Comments
You’ve probably heard about VPNs and Tor browser, and know that they are both good options when it comes to maintaining online privacy and anonymity. However, the reason why there are users who don’t use one but use the other is that there are...
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How to Keep Your PC Safe From The Bitcoin Mining Frenzy

Andrew Marsden | | 337 Likes | 0 Comments
Whether it be the California Gold Rush, the deep 250-mile run of gold discovered in South Africa or the Great Australian Gold Rush, few events have driven so many fortune-seeking prospectors throughout history to mine for riches more than the allure...
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What’s Going On With Net Neutrality?

Maria Novak | | 238 Likes | 0 Comments
With so many political, societal and economic issues garnering our attention today, it may be surprising to see a recent action taken by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission encompass so much discussion and debate. Yet the seemingly minor step...
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Beware of this Word When it Comes to Wi-Fi

Andrew Marsden | | 300 Likes | 0 Comments
There are many scary words when it comes to surfing the Internet through a Wi-Fi connection such as, jamming, malware, ransomware, and key-logging just to name a few.  Collectively, all of these types of threats today are enough to scare most...
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WPA2 Exploit Augments the Need for a VPN Subscription Service

Dilip Prashad | | 270 Likes | 0 Comments
The majority of users are aware that connecting their favorite mobile device to an open wireless network is an open invitation for hackers to eavesdrop on their connection.  When you connect to an unprotected SSID, any transmitted data is sent in...
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How to Speed Up Your VPN

Maria Novak | | 258 Likes | 0 Comments
Speed is definitely one of the most important aspects you want to consider when choosing the best VPN service for your requirements. It’s important to know how to choose the fastest VPN service possible and how to set it up for best...
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The Ultimate VPN Guide

Andrew Marsden | | 253 Likes | 0 Comments
About a decade ago, VPNs were considered complicated tools, and were used only by those with technical skills and experience. These days, their popularity has grown to where they are on almost every computer, and anyone can install and use it...
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2018 Cyber Security Trends and Predictions

Andrew Marsden | | 298 Likes | 0 Comments
It's that time of year again when we look back at the year that was in order gain insight about what to expect for the incoming new year.  There is no doubt that 2018 will bring many challenges when it comes to cyber security. As netizens...
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VPN Kill Switch: What Is It, and Why Do You Need It?

Andrew Marsden | | 347 Likes | 0 Comments
The popularity of VPNs has unsurprisingly grown in recent years, since users are looking for online freedom and privacy. The best VPNs offer advanced security features beyond the basics. One important security feature is a VPN kill switch. When you...
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How to Take Back Your Web Privacy Before it is Too Late

Andrew Marsden | | 672 Likes | 2 Comments
In March 2017, Congress voted in favor of S.J. Resolution 34 that repeals a long standing FCC ruling related to Internet Service Providers. The resolution rolls back broadband privacy protections connected your web activity and opens the door for...
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6 Online Privacy and VPN Trends in 2017

Andrew Marsden | | 762 Likes | 1 Comments
VPNs are becoming more and more popular at a rapid pace, and it looks like 2017 is going to have a number of VPN-related trends to look out for. These include governments creating more privacy-related regulations and laws, content continuing to be...
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VPN Benefits – 3 Types of People Who Need a VPN

Maria Novak | | 690 Likes | 0 Comments
Do you travel a lot? Are you a student? Do you love watching movies and TV shows online? If you responded “Yes” to any of those questions, then you should seriously consider getting a VPN. Many people aren’t familiar with VPNs, and even if...
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Risky Mobile Messaging Apps That You Use All the Time

Dilip Prashad | | 742 Likes | 0 Comments
The importance of mobile app security is often overlooked. By offering fast and easy ways to communicate with others, it makes sense that messaging apps have become widespread given their usefulness. Even though most people with a smartphone will...
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How to Exempt Websites on your VPN

Walker Rowe | | 699 Likes | 0 Comments
One of the reasons for getting a VPN is to protect your computer or mobile device from external threats, or to hide your browsing activity. So you might be wondering, “Why would I want to exempt a website from a VPN?” There are a number of...
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4 Tips for Secure Mobile Shopping on Cyber Monday

Andrew Marsden | | 688 Likes | 0 Comments
Every November, as Thanksgiving gets closer, the thought of “holiday shopping” comes to mind. It seems to start sooner and sooner each year, but with the explosion of e-commerce sites and online shopping, finding the perfect gift for everyone on...
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Why a Mobile VPN is a Must-Have

Andrew Marsden | | 975 Likes | 0 Comments
The internet of 2018 is a very different place from just a decade ago. Everything has gone mobile, and with it, the convenience of using advanced cloud services on-the-go has become part of everyday life. But here’s something to consider while...
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VPN Alternatives: Smart DNS

Dilip Prashad | | 819 Likes | 1 Comments
Have you ever traveled abroad and wished you could watch your favorite shows? If you were denied access to them because you weren’t in your home country, rest assured there’s a fix. Smart DNS can offer speed, versatility, and the ability to...
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VPN Alternatives: Proxy Servers

Maria Novak | | 872 Likes | 1 Comments
If you’re looking for a way to access regionally-restricted websites or browse anonymously, a proxy can help you manage the job. So long as you’re willing to operate with limited security, this cheap - and often free - system can solve your...
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What Your Internet Connection Knows About You

Dilip Prashad | | 951 Likes | 0 Comments
These days, you can hardly turn on the TV news or check your email without hearing about another password leak at a major website, an incident of criminal hacking, or a further revelation about internet surveillance. So what can hacking and...
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A Plain English Guide to VPN Protocols

Maria Novak | | 1001 Likes | 0 Comments
If you’re thinking about investing in a VPN (Virtual Private Network), you might feel overwhelmed that there is a lot of information to take in. You may find yourself confused by all the technical jargon or how it all actually works. You’ll...
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How to Choose the Right VPN Service For Your Needs

Andrew Marsden | | 991 Likes | 4 Comments
Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are becoming increasingly popular among the hardcore web users, paranoid torrent abusers, and general internet users who want to feel a little bit safer online. There are plenty of VPN providers out there, all...
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How a VPN Works and Why You Need It

Dilip Prashad | | 1089 Likes | 2 Comments
In today’s online world your data is never completely safe. Because we’re always connected, it means that somehow, somewhere, someone can access our information. We’re a culture dependent on online connectivity; we need it, we yearn for it,...
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Can I use the same VPN account for desktop and mobile?

Yes. All of our recommended VPN service providers offer compatibility with a wide range of computer operating systems – Windows, Mac OS X, Linux – and mobile phone and tablets – iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, Symbian. You can also set up your VPN on many games consoles, smart TV boxes, and compatible routers.

Our featured brands all allow you to use the same VPN account on 2-10 different devices, sometimes simultaneously. For more details, check our in-depth reviews here.

What is a VPN protocol?

VPNs use the public internet to create a private network. There are several different technical ways to do this – these are known as VPN protocols. Each has its advantages, and most have a flaw or two as well. Some offer higher speeds but with security compromises, others offer incredible security but slow down your traffic.

Most VPN providers offer servers with a range of different protocols, including OpenVPN, PPTP (Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol), and L2TP (Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol). We’ve got more on VPN protocols here.

Will a VPN slow down my Internet?

Sending your internet data via a shared VPN server somewhere far away from you will inevitably see a drop in your download and upload speeds. Some protocols are faster than others, and the closer the server is to you, the better. Despite the speed drop, we found that all of our recommended VPN services supported speeds fast enough to stream high-definition video easily. Many VPN providers offer gamer-friendly servers with higher speeds and less latency. There’s also the SmartDNS option, which allows location spoofing without the encryption offered by a VPN.

What can I do with a VPN?

Using a VPN has lots of benefits – both for ordinary internet users and businesses.

High-grade encryption means all data travelling to and from your computer and the VPN server is completely secure. That makes it great for companies who want to allow workers to access sensitive files when they’re away from the office, and for individuals who want to browse the web using a public Wi-Fi hotspot.

The anonymity provided by VPNs make them ideal for anyone seeking to sidestep government censorship or spying. It’s near impossible to connect you to your online activities.

VPNs have also become very popular because they allow you to circumvent regional restrictions placed on media content (geo-blocking). Want to access a US-only streaming service from abroad? Just connect to one of your VPN service’s US-based servers and it’ll appear as if you are using the internet from the US.

What is a VPN?

A VPN (Virtual Private Network) creates a private, encrypted tunnel between your computer and a public or private network, such as the internet or a company’s servers. Not only is all of the data between your computer and the VPN server secure and private, it also allows you to appear as if you’re browsing from anywhere in the world.

What that means is that when you browse a website via a VPN server based in say, California, it will appear as if you’re browsing from California – no matter where you are.

No one will be able to connect the unique IP address that identifies your computer to your activities online.