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What is a VPN?

VPN, or virtual private network, is a secure tunnel between your device and the internet. VPNs protect your online traffic from snooping, interference, and censorship.

How does a VPN work?

A VPN (virtual private network) is the easiest and most effective way for people to protect their internet traffic and hide their identities online. 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.

ExpressVPN encrypts your entire internet connection.

When you connect to a VPN server location, you are assigned a new IP address, and your true IP address is hidden. Because this new IP address is shared by many other ExpressVPN users, there is no way to connect you to any activity. This helps keep you anonymous online.

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What is a VPN? And what can you do with it?

6 reasons to use a VPN

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1. Hide your IP and location

Use ExpressVPN to hide your IP address and location. Choose among 160 VPN server locations across Asia, Europe, the Mideast, Africa and the Americas—any of 94 countries worldwide.

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2. Encrypt your communications

Our VPN uses strong 256-bit encryption to protect your data. Browse from Wi-Fi hotspots like airports and cafes knowing your passwords, emails, photos, bank data and other sensitive information can’t be intercepted.

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3. Watch your favorite content

Stream all your shows and movies in blazing-fast HD on any device. We’ve optimized our network to provide the highest speeds with no bandwidth limits. Download anything in seconds, and video chat with minimal buffering.

Use ExpressVPN to unblock YouTube, Twitter, Skype, Facebook and more.

4. Unblock censored websites

Easily unblock sites and services like Facebook, Twitter, Skype, YouTube, and Gmail. Get what you want, even if you’re told that it’s not available in your country, or if you’re on a school or office network that limits access.

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5. Avoid spying and throttling

Stop snooping by governments, network administrators, and your ISP. With ExpressVPN guarding your online activity, no one can read your data, see which sites you visit, or restrict certain kinds of traffic, like streaming video.

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6. Find deals and fight ads

By hiding your IP address and location, ExpressVPN makes it harder for sites and services to charge higher prices or display targeted advertising based on location. Avoid getting overcharged for a vacation or an online order.

What is a VPN: FAQ

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VPN apps for every device

ExpressVPN works seamlessly across all your devices—computer, smartphone, router, or tablet. Install our user-friendly apps on one or all of your devices, and connect to the VPN on up to five at the same time.

VPN for Windows, Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android, and routers.

No tech skills required

Sign up, install, and click On to connect. It’s that simple. We developed our apps to be straightforward for the least technologically savvy of us.

Total compatibility

We have apps for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, routers, and Linux. ExpressVPN works with any internet connection, including wired, Wi-Fi, and cellular networks.

No activity or connection logs

Privacy is a fundamental right. We don’t keep connection or activity logs, and we never share your details with anyone.

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No activity logs

ExpressVPN does not see or record what websites you visit

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Encrypt your data

Strong encryption protects your data and communication

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Unblock websites

Access your favorite web services and defeat censorship

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