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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 reasons including:

  • protecting devices and data when using open or public Wi-Fi
  • accessing sites which are blocked in a particular country
  • hiding from regimes restricting freedom of speech, monitoring online discussions, and/or opposing political ideology
  • surfing the web without fear of being under constant surveillance (think NSA and GCHQ. Thank Edward Snowden).

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).
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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  ExpressVPN NordVPN IPVanish
Best for  BBC iPlayer Netflix Kodi
# Devices  3 6 10
Free Trial  30 days 3 days 7 days
Refund  30 days 30 days 7 days
Zero logs  Yes Yes Yes
Support  24/7 24/7 24/7
1 month  $ 12.95 $ 11.95 $ 10.00
12 mths  $ 8.32/m $ 6.99/m $ 3.99/m
36 mths  $ 3.49/m
Website  ExpressVPN NordVPN IPVanish

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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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FREE VPNs: WindScribe (10GB/mth free) and ProtonVPN
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Disclaimer: 
If you buy a VPN by clicking on a link, we may receive a commission. We contacted VPNs once we completed our research to ensure an unbiased review.
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