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ExpressVPN's Guide to VPN for the UK

The Investigatory Powers Bill and the UK government's history of mass data collection have caused many in Great Britain to turn to VPNs to hide their IP address and encrypt their Internet traffic.

Read on for a comprehensive guide to using VPN inside and outside the United Kingdom.

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Digital Privacy in the UK

Digital privacy issues in the UK

The Investigatory Powers Bill

Government officials are working to pass the biggest bulk data collection legislation the UK has ever seen. Under the Investigatory Powers Bill, already being called another "Snooper's Charter", the UK government will have access to communication records up to 12 months, which British ISPs will be required to record.

Though its proponents claim the IP bill won't compromise encryption or record detailed online activity, critics say the newly expanded surveillance powers will be easy to exploit and abuse, threatening the privacy of everyone in the UK.

Note: Though it maintains many secure UK VPN server locations, ExpressVPN is not a UK-based VPN. ExpressVPN is based in the British Virgin Islands and subject to BVI law.

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Stand up to UK government surveillance and data collection with a VPN!

There's never been a better time to start protecting your online activity with a VPN. The quickest and easiest way to stop ISPs from reading your internet traffic in the first place is by sending it through an encrypted VPN tunnel.

Hiding your IP address and encrypting your internet traffic is as easy as downloading the ExpressVPN app for your computer or mobile device.

The Best VPN for the UK Has Apps for Every Device

Are you looking for the best VPN for England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales? ExpressVPN has intuitive, native VPN apps to keep everyone from the UK safe online.

Best UK VPN apps for every device

ExpressVPN works on all your devices:

UK VPN users can connect to 136 VPN server locations in 87 countries around the world:


United States

Los Angeles, Santa Clara, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, Chicago, New York, New Jersey, Washington DC, Miami, Tampa, Las Vegas, Denver, Dallas, Atlanta


Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver




Costa Rica






Asia Pacific


Sydney, Melbourne



United Kingdom

London, Berkshire, Chessington, Kent, Maidenhead


Frankfurt, Darmstadt, Dusseldorf






Bosnia & Herzegovina



Czech Republic





Isle of Man











Rotterdam, Amsterdam




Africa, Middle East, & India



Mumbai, Chennai





How VPN Works

A VPN connection is a private tunnel between your device and the internet.

What is a VPN?

VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. That means a network of servers through which your computer (or mobile device) can connect to the internet privately. These servers encrypt all your internet traffic before it even gets to your ISP, so they can’t log or monitor your activity. Your IP address will be hidden and replaced with that of a secure VPN server.

What about DNS?

DNS, or Domain Name System, is how computers match up URLs to IP addresses, and exposed DNS requests are a common way for attackers to gain access to an otherwise protected connection. ExpressVPN runs its own DNS on every server, so your DNS requests never leave the encrypted VPN tunnel, making them both safer and faster.

ExpressVPN’s Top 3 Tips for Strong Online Privacy

Using a VPN is the fastest and most convenient way to add a layer of security when you're browsing the internet in the UK. But here are three more quick and easy ways to safeguard your privacy online:

Use 2-step verification

1. Use 2-step verification

Even the strongest passwords can get compromised. 2-step verification, or 2-factor authentication, solves that problem by letting you use your password and your phone to log into an online account. That way, even if someone steals your password, they still won’t be able to log into your account (unless they’ve somehow also stolen your phone).

Encrypt your smartphone

2. Encrypt your smartphone

London has experienced “epidemic” levels of smartphone theft in recent years. You can help curb the effectiveness of mobile theft by encrypting your smartphone. If you have a device with iOS 8 or later, enabling encryption is as easy as setting a passcode. Encrypting on an Android device is slightly less straightforward, but still advisable.

Use HTTPS whenever possible

3. Use HTTPS whenever possible

HTTPS is the secure version of HTTP. You can usually tell whether you’re connecting to a site through HTTPS by checking the address bar. But because even major websites sometimes link back to unencrypted HTTP, the EFF has developed a browser extension called HTTPS Everywhere that reroutes all requests to these sites to HTTPS.

The Best VPN for England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales

With a VPN for the UK, you can...

  • Enjoy fast, throttle-free streaming
  • Browse the internet securely
  • Protect your digital privacy
  • Access censored sites on all your devices

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How to Watch Football Online With a VPN

UK sports fans can use a VPN to stream football and other sports with privacy and security, without compromising on speed and video quality. ExpressVPN has guides to streaming:

Watch UK football online with a VPN

Visit the ExpressVPN Stream Sports Guide to learn more about watching your favourite football teams online.

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