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What is a VPN?

What is a VPN?
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A VPN, or virtual private network, is a secure tunnel between your device and the internet. VPNs protect you from snooping, interference, and censorship.

As you connect to a secure VPN server, your internet traffic goes through an encrypted tunnel that nobody can see into—including hackers, governments, and your internet service provider.

Why ExpressVPN?

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Servers in 105 countries

Appear to be anywhere in the world with our global fleet of VPN servers.

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Best-in-class encryption

Your data is protected by AES-256, the standard trusted by security experts.


24-hour live chat support

Real humans are available 24/7 to help you with setup and troubleshooting.

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TrustedServer technology

With our innovative server technology, no data is ever written to a hard drive.


Lightning-fast speeds

Enjoy superior speeds anywhere. Find out why we’re named ExpressVPN.

Use ExpressVPN on up to 8 devices at once

Works on every platform

ExpressVPN has apps for iOS, Android, Mac, Windows, Linux, routers, and more.

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Use on up to 8 devices

Install ExpressVPN on all your devices, and connect up to eight at once.

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No activity logs

ExpressVPN never keeps data that could tie you to any online activity.

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World’s #1 premium VPN

We’re crowned the Best VPN by CNET, PCWorld, The Verge, and more.

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What fans are saying
about ExpressVPN

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    Rated 4.7 out of 5 on Apple Store.

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    Rated 4.4 out of 5

    Love this app. I travel extensively around the world and this app helps me keep in touch.
    Whatever site I go to, they have no clue where I am located or who I am, and I like it that way.
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    Got an account with @expressvpn yesterday. Great decision for traveling out of the country!

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    I love express, in terms of security, speed and everything 👍

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    @ExpressVPN has truly been indispensable while working remote.

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    With its consistent performance and reliable security, ExpressVPN is the best VPN out there.
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    Great all-around option for both beginner and experienced VPN users.

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    Benefits and advantages of VPN

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    Change your location

    Using a VPN changes your IP address, the unique number that identifies you and where you are in the world. A new IP address makes it harder to determine your identity and real location. With ExpressVPN, you can appear to be in the UK, U.S., Canada, Australia, or any of 105 countries.

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    Protect your privacy

    Changing your IP address with a VPN helps shield your identity from websites, apps, and services that want to track you. Good VPNs also prevent your internet provider, mobile carrier, and anyone else who may be listening from seeing your activity, thanks to a layer of strong encryption.

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    Increase your security

    Using a VPN protects you from security breaches in many forms, including packet sniffing, rogue Wi-Fi networks, and man-in-the-middle attacks. Travelers, remote workers, and all kinds of on-the-go individuals use a VPN whenever they’re on an untrusted network like free public Wi-Fi.

    When should I use a VPN?

    If privacy is important to you, you should use a VPN every time you connect to the internet. A VPN app runs in the background of your device so it won’t get in the way while you use other apps and browse the internet. And you’ll have peace of mind knowing your privacy is always protected.

    But here are some situations in which a VPN is especially useful:

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    While traveling

    Exploring the world doesn’t mean you have to change the way you use the internet. A VPN lets you use the internet as if you were still in your home country, no matter how far you travel.

    Enjoy the content you want: streaming TV and music on a laptop.
    While having fun

    A VPN lets you enjoy the sites and services you like without ISP throttling that could detract from your experience or outright blocking by your ISP or local Wi-Fi network.

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    While on public Wi-Fi

    Connecting to public Wi-Fi hotspots like those in cafes, airports, and parks could leave your private information vulnerable. Using a VPN on your devices keeps you safe with strong encryption.

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    Using a VPN unlocks games, maps, skins, and other add-ons that might be restricted on your network. It also shields you from DDoS attacks and reduces ping and overall lag.

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    While file-sharing

    P2P file sharing usually means that strangers can see your IP address and possibly track your downloads. A VPN keeps your IP address private, letting you download with increased anonymity.

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    While shopping

    Some online stores show different prices to people in different countries. With a VPN, you can find the best deals in the world no matter where you’re shopping from.

    How does a VPN work?

    To understand how a VPN works, it helps to first understand how your internet connection works without one.

    Without a VPN

    When you access a website without a VPN, you are being connected to that site through your internet service provider, or ISP. The ISP assigns you a unique IP address that can be used to identify you to the website. Because your ISP is handling and directing all your traffic, it can see which websites you visit. And your activity can be linked to you by that unique IP address.

    With a VPN

    When you connect to the internet with a VPN, the VPN app on your device (also called a VPN client) establishes a secure connection with a VPN server. Your traffic still passes through your ISP, but your ISP can no longer read it or see its final destination. The websites you visit can no longer see your original IP address, only the IP address of the VPN server, which is shared by many other users and changes regularly.

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    Here are several key concepts related to VPN that will help you understand how a VPN works and the benefits it provides:


    The VPN server acts like a proxy, or stand-in, for your web activity: Instead of your real IP address and location, websites you visit will only see the IP address and location of the VPN server.

    This makes you more anonymous on the internet.


    Establishing a secure connection is a tricky problem solved by clever mathematics in a process called authentication.

    Once authenticated, the VPN client and VPN server can be sure they are talking to each other and no one else.


    VPNs also protect the connection between client and server with tunneling and encryption.

    Tunneling is a process by which each data packet is encapsulated inside another data packet. This makes it harder for third parties to read in transit.


    Data inside the tunnel is also encrypted in such a way that only the intended recipient can decrypt it. This keeps the contents of your internet traffic completely private. Even your internet service provider won’t see it.

    Types of VPN

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    Commercial VPN

    A commercial VPN, also called a personal VPN or a consumer VPN, is a private service offered directly to individuals, usually for a fee.

    ExpressVPN is such a VPN service because it directly caters to the privacy needs of its customers.

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    Corporate VPN

    A corporate VPN, also called a business VPN, allows an organization’s remote employees to connect securely to the internet as if they were physically present in the office.

    Unlike commercial VPNs, however, corporate VPNs are meant to protect the privacy of the company and not necessarily the individual.

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    Self-setup VPN

    Some tech experts and DIY hobbyists choose to set up their own VPN using their own equipment.

    Self-setup VPNs, however, do not provide the protection of shared IP addresses, server locations in multiple countries, or many other features enjoyed by commercial VPN users.


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    Live, 24-hour customer support

    Real support from real people. We’re available through instant live chat and email to help you set up and troubleshoot.

    30 days money back guarantee.

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