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What is a VPN?

VPN stands for Virtual Private Network.
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It secures devices connected to the internet by encrypting the connection end-to-end, preventing man-in-the-middle attacks.
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Information transferred between your devices and the internet (and vice-versa) is encrypted from prying eyes. Every device has an IP (internet protocol) address, which identifies each device using a unique string of numbers. It is a standard system used across the world. It is your IP address (and, by association, your geographical location) which either allows or restricts your device’s access to certain websites.
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Why do you need a VPN?
The internet is not as safe as we would like. Today’s internet is akin to the Wild West.
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A VPN hides online activity from hackers, spies, internet service providers (ISPs), and governments. For many users, the best feature of a VPN is fooling an online service you’re in a particular country.
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For instance, if you’re outside the UK, you will have trouble accessing BBC iPlayer.
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If you use Netflix, some shows will only stream in certain geographical locations.
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And some countries block websites/apps such as Google, WhatsApp, BBC, and social media platforms.
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VPNs are used for a variety of reasons:

– protecting devices and data when using open or public Wi-Fi

– accessing sites which are blocked in a particular country

– hiding from regimes which restrict freedom of speech, monitor online discussions, and/or oppose an individual’s or organisation’s political ideology

– roaming the web without fear of being under constant surveillance (thank you, Edward Snowden, for shining a light on the antics of the NSA, and GCHQ).
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For many of us, our biggest concern is not evading government surveillance or protecting our freedom of speech.
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Instead, for those who travel and work internationally, we need to protect ourselves when using public and/or open Wi-Fi networks. Our main requirement is usually ensuring we can access our favourite programmes on BBC iPlayer, Netflix, HBO, or watching funny animal videos on YouTube!
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Benefits of using a VPN
A VPN helps users access online services, no matter where they are in the world.
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However, not all VPNs are created equal. Each has its strengths and, depending on a user’s requirements, a VPN’s unique selling points will help you choose.
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We use CyberGhost as we were given a free subscription for writing a blog about the free version of their software (which, unfortunately, is no longer available).
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NordVPN is perfect for streaming Netflix (some series only stream in certain regions).
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We used ExpressVPN to stream the 2018 World Cup via BBC iPlayer and ITV Hub (whilst housesitting in Vietnam). We did this for free as they offer a free 30-day trial, which was the duration of the competition.
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Is a VPN legal?

VPNs are legal in most countries. Individuals and businesses have used VPNs for years.
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However, a number of countries have banned VPNs; including China, Russia, and Turkey.
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Our advice is to research the country you’re visiting, as ignorance is no defence.
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As a foreigner using a VPN, you’re unlikely to get in trouble if you’re caught using one.
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What you access via the VPN is what will or won’t get you into trouble, should you get caught. This will only happen if a VPN provider keeps logs. Look for a VPN that keeps Zero logs.
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Streaming Game of Thrones or watching cat videos on YouTube is unlikely to call the attention of the authorities, should they have access to VPN data logs.
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How do you use a VPN?
Investigate your options. Choose a VPN. Sign-up.
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Download & install a VPN on your device/s.
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Select a server in the country you want to appear as if you’re in i.e. the UK for the BBC.
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Use the internet as normal. That’s it. Simples.
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How do you choose a VPN?
This depends on what is important to you.
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It could be ease-of-use, price, speed, accessing a particular platform, or customer support. jigsaw kloud has extensively researched and tested numerous VPNs.
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We’ve whittled the many VPNs down to 3; based on our experience, and online reviews.
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jigsaw kloud’s
Top 3 VPNs
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 VPN ExpressVPNNordVPNIPVanish
Best for BBC iPlayerNetflixKodi
# Devices 3610
Free Trial 30 days3 days7 days
Refund 30 days30 days7 days
Zero logs YesYesYes
Support 24/724/724/7
1 month $ 12.95$ 11.95$ 10.00
12 mths $ 8.32/m$ 6.99/m$ 6.49/m
24 mths $ 3.99/m
Website ExpressVPNNordVPNIPVanish

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VPN’s that didn’t quite make the Top 3: CyberGhost, PureVPN, TunnelBear, ZenMate, Hide My Ass, VyprVPN, and HotSpot.

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Disclaimer: 
If you buy a VPN by clicking on a link, we will receive a commission.
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We contacted VPNs once we completed our research to ensure an unbiased review.
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