ExpressVPN is an excellent, easy to use VPN service for all your secure Internet needs. It works from your desktop, laptop, tablet and smartphone. I highly recommend it for securing your personal information and browsing activities when on public WiFi or anytime you want to ensure your privacy.
In August, I wrote about the benefits of ExpressVPN in Using a VPN for Internet Privacy and Security for Tuts+:
What’s a Virtual Private Network (VPN)?
For our purposes, a VPN allows us to route our Internet-related traffic across a third-party private network designed to secure and anonymize our activities.
According to Wikipedia, a VPN “enables a computer or network-enabled device to send and receive data across shared or public networks as if it were directly connected to the private network, while benefiting from the functionality, security and management policies of the public network.”
The key advantages to using a VPN are as follows:
- A VPN protects your identity. All your traffic is encrypted and anonymized (ideally) without logs.
- It secures your laptop and mobile smartphone Internet activity when using public WiFi.
- You can browse without borders. For example, you can access Netflix content for your home country while you’re traveling abroad.
For example, if you are home searching for a medical, health-related topic on Google, VPN software will encrypt your requests, concealing them from your home ISP which might want to use this information to sell to third parties. Note, Google will still know, of course. Similarly, if you’re on a public WiFi, using VPN software will encrypt all of your browsing activities, credit card numbers, etc., concealing these and your identity from hackers.