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Phone with VPN on screen (caption: Guide to VPNs: virtual private networks)A VPN (Virtual Private Network) service secures your WiFi connection and protects your online activity from prying eyes. These are important to use when you are on public WiFi where you are more vulnerable to be hacked.

VPNs: How Can I Protect Myself From Hackers?

How Do VPNs Work?

The internet-enabled device you are using (smartphone, laptop, etc.) must have a VPN app or software loaded onto it. The VPN software connects your device to the VPN server, which encrypts your connection and secures it to help keep you anonymous online.

Everything you do online goes to the VPN first — from your online banking to browsing the news. Your data shows up to the internet service provider as coming from the VPN and not from your computer and location. Without a VPN, your data is out in the open, vulnerable to peeking eyes.

Using a VPN makes it so you and your computer cannot be identified easily with what you are doing online. And even if someone does see what you are doing online, your data is encrypted and not direct from you. This means your personal information including address, credit card numbers, banking information, etc. is more safe online than if you didn’t use a VPN.

What’s The Best VPN?

We’ve reviewed the Best VPN Services and ranked our top picks. Our article covers how VPNs work, and we have pros and cons listed for each service discussed. We include a table so you can compare providers by price and features.

We’ve also reviewed the top providers more thoroughly and gone in depth with pros, cons, and consumer feedback. Check out our reviews of PureVPN, CyberGhost, IPVanish and Private Internet Access.

How Do I Set Up My VPN?

Once you’ve chosen your VPN and signed up for it, we can help you get it all set up. We’ll take you step-by-step through the process of How To Set Up A VPN on your computer (Mac or PC), smartphone (Android or iPhone), iPad or on your home server. (Yes, we recommend you protect yourself on all your devices!)

Do I Need A VPN Router?

To keep all the devices in your home secure, you may want to consider a VPN Router. What’s a router you ask? It’s the device that accepts internet traffic from your ISP (Internet Service Provider) and sends it to the devices in your home. Routers come with some security features to prevent hackers from gaining access to your data, but a VPN Router is especially configured to work with your VPN for added security. It can help keep criminals out of your “digital” walls and protect your devices from Peeping Toms. Our review includes what features your router should have, and which ones are best for gaming and other categories.

Will A VPN Alone Keep Me Safe?

Signing up for a VPN isn’t the only thing you’ll need to stay safe in the digital landscape we live in. We’ve got an entire article dedicated to Public WiFi Security Tips. You can utilize these tips at the coffee shop, at your hotel when you’re traveling, at the airport and other public places.

Want to hear straight from the horse’s mouth about VPNs? We interview Amit Bareket, CEO and founder of SaferVPN. He tells you how to stay safe online and where he sees the future of VPNs going. You’ll also get an insight look into the company and how things work inside a VPN office.

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Kimberly researches everything before she buys. She wants to make sure she is getting the best bang for her buck by purchasing the best product/service, which is why she loves her work. She has a degree in Multimedia Journalism and has been researching and writing professionally since 2013 to help consumers make more educated decisions.

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