Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)

You’ve probably heard about VPNs, but what are they? and how do they help keep your data secure? Keep reading to find out.

What are VPNs?

Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are a way of securely connecting one device to another over the internet. You can buy a VPN connection from a trusted provider in order to access the internet securely without having to worry about the security or privacy policies of the traffic en route to the internet.

How will a VPN help my Security / Privacy?

A VPN increases your security by hiding your IP address from websites and services used by your device. Using a VPN also has the added benefit to privacy in that it prevents Internet Service Providers and Telecoms companies that routinely spy on their user’s traffic and monitor what websites are visited.

How much does a VPN cost?

A typical VPN will cost between $3-$10 USD per month (€3-€10 EUR / £3-£10 GBP). Note that Free VPNs exist, however they profit by selling your data to third party companies and should not be used as they will not improve your security or privacy. Consider using one of the PortDroid recommended VPN services available below:

Further Reading

A great unbiased comparison of all VPNs can be found by That One Privacy Guy