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ExpressVPN's Guide to VPN for the USA

In a country where the NSA and government surveillance have been hot-button issues since the revelations of Edward Snowden, more and more Americans are turning to VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) to protect their digital lives.

Read on for a comprehensive guide to using VPN inside and outside the United States of America.

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Which US VPN Server Location Is the Best?

How to connect to the best USA VPN server location

The answer depends on what you’re trying to do with your VPN:

If you’re using a VPN primarily to protect against hackers, snoops, and surveillance, just connect to the VPN server location geographically closest to you, even if it's outside the US. For example, if you’re in Portland, try connecting to the VPN server location in Seattle. If you're in Buffalo, connect to the VPN server location in Toronto.

If you’re in a country with government censorship and want to unblock US sites and services, connect to the US VPN server location closest to your actual location. For example, if you’re in Asia and want to access Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, and YouTube, try Los Angeles or San Jose. If you’re in Europe, try connecting to New York or New Jersey.

ExpressVPN's 136 VPN server locations in 87 countries around the world are constantly optimized for speed and stability. Whether you’re in the United States or traveling abroad, you’ll enjoy unlimited bandwidth and unlimited VPN server switching.


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USA VPN Apps For Every Device

ExpressVPN has intuitive, native apps to keep Americans safe online.

How to connect to the best USA VPN server location

ExpressVPN works on all your devices:

How to Watch US Sports Online With a VPN

Americans and non-Americans alike can use a VPN to stream US sports in high-definition, with privacy and security. Check out the ExpressVPN guides to streaming major events like:

Plus year-round coverage of league sports like the NHL, NFL, NBA, MLB, and even the WWE.

Visit the ExpressVPN Stream Sports Guide to learn more about watching sports online.

Watch US sports online with a VPN

Americans can connect to VPN servers in all of the following locations:

Americas

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

Canada

Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver

Bahamas

Chile

Colombia

Costa Rica

Ecuador

Guatemala

Peru

Uruguay

Venezuela

Asia Pacific

Australia

Sydney, Melbourne

Cambodia

Europe

United Kingdom

London, Berkshire, Chessington, Kent, Maidenhead

Germany

Frankfurt, Darmstadt, Dusseldorf

Albania

Andora

Armenia

Azerbaijan

Belarus

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Croatia

Cyprus

Czech Republic

Estonia

Finland

Georgia

Iceland

Isle of Man

Jersey

Latvia

Liechtenstein

Lithuania

Macedonia

Malta

Moldova

Monaco

Montenegro

Netherlands

Rotterdam, Amsterdam

Serbia

Slovakia

Slovenia

Africa, Middle East, & India

Algeria

India

Mumbai, Chennai

Kazakhstan

Kenya

Kyrgyzstan

Uzbekistan

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.

Digital Privacy Issues in the US

The NSA and mass surveillance

In 2013, Edward Snowden revealed to the world that the US government routinely and indiscriminately spies on its own citizens with the help of big corporations like AT&T. Since then, American society has been divided on the issue of privacy, whether it is a human right, a luxury, or currency to be exchanged for convenience and national security.

Copyright and censorship

Though intended to protect intellectual property, US legislation like the 2012 Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and PIPA (Protect IP Act) in practice would have allowed the US government to censor entire domains and severely damage the open Internet. Years later, the TransPacific Partnership (TPP) would bring this same dubious trade-off to the international stage.

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

ExpressVPN supports Internet freedom

ExpressVPN is a proud financial supporter of nonprofit organizations that fight for your freedom on the Internet, like:

Stand up to US surveillance with a VPN

There's never been a better time to start protecting your online activity with a VPN. Hiding your IP address and encrypting your Internet traffic is as easy as downloading the ExpressVPN app for your computer or mobile device.

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 US. 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

Several US cities 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.

Why Americans Need a VPN

With a VPN for the US, 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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