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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.Get ExpressVPN
Digital Privacy in the UK
The Investigatory Powers Act
aka the Snoopers Charter
On November 29, 2016, the Parliament of the United Kingdom passed the Investigatory Powers Bill into law. The Investigatory Powers Act, also known as the Snoopers Charter, legalizes the mass surveillance of people in the UK.
The Snoopers Charter requires all internet service providers (ISPs) and telecommunication companies in Britain to maintain logs of your internet connection records for up to one year. These logs include every domain you visit, every online service you use, the uniquely identifiable device you use to access the internet (i.e., a computer or phone), your IP address, and the times you connect to different websites and services.
Stand up to UK government surveillance and data collection with a VPN!
A VPN helps you defeat the Snooper’s Charter by hiding your internet activity from your ISP so it cannot log what you’re doing online. For an even stronger solution against snoops, get a VPN router to protect all your devices at home.
The Snoopers Charter gives intelligence agencies, law enforcement, and other government departments unprecedented access to your internet communication records—without a warrant. These agencies include the Department of Health, the Gambling Commission, and the Department of Transport.
These newly expanded surveillance powers deprive you of your right to privacy. Take back your privacy with a VPN.
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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.
UK VPN users can connect to 145 VPN server locations in 94 countries around the world:
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Isle of Man
Africa, Middle East, & India
How VPN Works
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:
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).
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.
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
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: