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Michael Regan

A VPN does not remove or replace the need for an Internet Service Provider (ISP) or mobile internet provider. It is, after all, your ISP that connects you to the internet in the first place..

VPNs are the Swiss army knife of internet tools and really should be part of your toolkit. VPNs dramatically improve your privacy on the internet, and also help improve your security. They are also vital anti-censorship tools.

Similarly, how you know the owner of the public WiFi can be trusted? Airbnb hosts have been caught filming guests, so why would you trust their WiFi?! And the kind of public WiFi that asks you to sign-in with your real email address is a business that profits from selling your data to advertising partners.

BBC iPlayer is a free TV streaming and catch-up service that is world-renown for the high quality of its programming. But it is only available to viewers in the UK. Netflix is now available almost everywhere, but despite paying around the same price as everyone else, customers in the US enjoy a library twice the size or more of customers elsewhere.

No VPN staff are going to risk jail for you! Does this mean VPNs are useless for privacy? Not at all. Such legal moves are highly targeted against individuals of interest, so are not a threat to the privacy of most ordinary VPN users.

A VPN lets you access services like these as if you were in the relevant country - no matter where you are really located. Just connect to a VPN server in the country, and as far as the internet is concerned, you are there!

A VPN (Virtual Private Network) is a technology that enables you to access the internet safely and privately by routing your connection through a server and hiding your online actions from prying eyes. In other words, think of it as a secure tunnel between you and the internet, in which no one else can enter to see or steal your data. A side-benefit, but one which many users find the most useful, is that they allow you to pretend to be in a different country enabling you to access content you may otherwise be unable to access.

Also, if you connect to a VPN server on the other side of the world, then it takes time for your data to get there. Blame physics! If you connect to a nearby VPN server, however, you should only lose about 10% of your speed if using a service.

A VPN is a vital tool in your privacy and securely toolkit, but it cannot do everything. It will hide your IP address from websites, for example, but IP addresses are not the only way websites can identify and track you.

Honest services offer a very limited free product in the hope that you will pay to upgrade to a much more useful premium service once you have given it a whirl. They are basically just free trials.

Yes, but hopefully not by too much. Not only does your data have to travel extra leg on its journey as it routes via the VPN server, but encrypting and decrypting your data takes processing power - and therefore time.

How you know you know “Free Airport WiFi” available in the departure lounge is genuine? Again, you don’t. are a popular tactic used by hackers to prey on is vpn internet service trusting internet users.

Most VPN providers allow you run a VPN on multiple devices at once using the same account. This often referred to as “simultaneous connections”. In the past it was common to allow, on average, three simultaneous connections, but more and more providers now allow five.

Unlike most ISPs, good VPNs do not log this information and therefore provide much higher levels of privacy than you normally have when surfing the internet. Even these, however, will start to log information if subpoenaed or issued a binding court order.

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