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.

Best VPNs for China

Andrew Marsden | | 109 Likes | 1 Comments
Using a VPN Service in China If you live in China, or travel to China often, you've probably heard of the phrase "The Great Firewall of China". It refers to the censorship of internet content, managed by the Chinese government and operated by the...
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How to Take Back Your Web Privacy Before it is Too Late

Andrew Marsden | | 230 Likes | 0 Comments
Just last month, 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 concerning your web activity and opens the door for...
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6 Online Privacy and VPN Trends in 2017

Andrew Marsden | | 341 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

Sarah Goldstein | | 271 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 | | 274 Likes | 0 Comments
The importance of mobile app security is often overlooked. Most people with a smartphone will use some form of messaging app, such as WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger. By offering fast and easy ways to communicate with others, it makes sense that...
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How to Exempt Websites on your VPN

Walker Rowe | | 278 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

Sarah Goldstein | | 278 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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How to Watch BBC iPlayer using a VPN

Andrew Marsden | | 344 Likes | 0 Comments
High quality online media streaming isn’t limited to Netflix and Amazon. BBC iPlayer has been offering a mixture of live and catch-up programming via the BBC website since 2008....
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Why a Mobile VPN is a Must-Have

Andrew Marsden | | 425 Likes | 0 Comments
The internet of 2016 is a very different place from just a decade ago - and we don’t just mean that Harambe was still around then. Everything has gone mobile, and with it, the convenience of using advanced cloud services on-the-go has become part...
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Why Smart Torrent Downloaders Always Use a VPN

Dilip Prashad | | 509 Likes | 0 Comments
It’s no overstatement to say that BitTorrent has changed the way people use the internet. The peer-to-peer file sharing system is so efficient that it excels at delivering large digital files to a wide audience, with near linear scaling. It’s...
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VPN Alternatives: Smart DNS

Dilip Prashad | | 407 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....
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VPN Alternatives: Proxy Servers

Maria Novak | | 417 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 fine with limited security, this cheap, and often free, system can solve your problem....
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What Your Internet Connection Knows About You

Dilip Prashad | | 524 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....
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A Plain English Guide to VPN Protocols

Maria Novak | | 544 Likes | 0 Comments
If you’re thinking about investing in a VPN (Virtual Private Network) you might think there is a lot of information to take in. You may find yourself confused by all the technical jargon or how it all works. You’ll have noticed that different...
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How to Choose the Right VPN Service For Your Needs

Andrew Marsden | | 517 Likes | 4 Comments
Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are becoming increasingly popular amongst 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 offering...
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How a VPN Works and Why You Need It

Dilip Prashad | | 565 Likes | 2 Comments
In today’s online world your data is never completely safe. We’re always connected, which means somehow, somewhere, someone can access our information. We’re a generation dependent of online connectivity, we need it, we yearn for it, we...
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VPN FAQ

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.

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