How to use a VPN

A VPN is your best option to stay private and secure online. With ExpressVPN, it’s as easy as 1‑2‑3!

Learn how to use a VPN

How to use a VPN

Learn how and why to use a VPN with our simple 3 step guide. Get connected to ExpressVPN in no time.

What is a VPN?

A VPN, or virtual private network, is a secure tunnel between two or more devices.

VPNs are used to protect private web traffic from snooping, interference, and censorship.

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ExpressVPN can also act as a proxy, allowing you to surf the web anonymously from wherever you want.

How to use a VPN in 3 easy steps

Step 1

How to sign up for ExpressVPN
Download your VPN app

Select your plan and download the ExpressVPN app for your computer or mobile device.

Step 2

Set up your VPN service

ExpressVPN apps are quick and easy to set up. See instructions for your device.

Step 3

Connect to a VPN server

Connect to any of our servers in 105 countries and enjoy the internet with privacy and security!

Why use a VPN?

A VPN is an essential component of your online life, no matter who you are. These people know the benefits of a VPN:

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The on-the-go business pro

For the modern business professional, working while at the airport, in a cafe, or back in the hotel is a fact of life. However, public Wi-Fi connections are usually unencrypted, which means hackers and identity thieves can potentially gain access to valuable personal and company data.

A VPN encrypts your data and keeps it out of the wrong hands, allowing you to work safely and securely no matter where you are.

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The entertainment aficionado

Whether it’s a hit TV show or the year’s biggest sporting events, there is something for everyone on the internet. However, many countries impose censorship on certain content, preventing you from enjoying exactly what you want.

A VPN gives you the power to defeat censorship and securely access your favorite online entertainment from anywhere across the globe, anytime.

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The leisure traveler

Enjoying a well-deserved vacation and want to share your memories with friends and family? Many travelers are surprised to find that their preferred social media channels are blocked at their travel destination, making it difficult to stay in touch with loved ones while they’re away.

A VPN enables you to use social media wherever you are, with the added peace of mind that comes from knowing your online traffic is always encrypted.

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The privacy-conscious user

What you do online should be your business alone. Unfortunately, almost all internet service providers keep logs of browsing history, and some even sell them to third parties for profit. Governments in some countries also actively monitor and regulate the browsing habits of netizens.

A VPN helps to prevent third parties from seeing your usage data, allowing you to enjoy the internet your way.

Read more about what a VPN can do for you.

Choose your location

Map of VPN servers.

With servers in 105 countries including the UK, U.S., Canada, Australia, and many more, you can appear to be virtually anywhere in the world.

See the full list of VPN server locations.


How to use a VPN risk-free

Just want to try using a VPN? Order today and if you’re not 100% satisfied with the speed, security, and stability of ExpressVPN, contact Support within 30 days and get a full refund.