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Virtual private network (VPN)

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Overview

If you travel a lot, a Virtual Private Network (VPN) is essential to ensuring that your personal data isn't stolen when you're using WiFi networks that aren't your own (e.g. free airport, hotel, train, coffee shops). A VPN encrypts your entire internet connection, thus turning a potentially insecure WiFi connections into secure ones! They also provide a whole host of other benefits like being able to watch iPlayer or Netflix abroad!

Time required: 5 - 15mins

Difficulty: Easy

Software/hardware costs: £0

HOW-TO VIDEO TUTORIAL

Follow the instructions in the video below step by step. If you prefer written instructions, these can be found below.

Things to do

  • 1. Install a VPN on applicable devices.

DETAILED HOW-TO INSTRUCTIONS

How-To Instructions

ONE. Install a VPN on applicable devices.

a. Typically needed on laptops and PCs only (as smartphones and tablets can use mobile data instead of insecure WiFi to browse the web).

  • Install Bitdefender’s VPN. If you follow my earlier recommendation to get the Bitdefender anti-virus software, you’ll get their VPN for free. If you want to purchase it independently, it’s £5.50 / month.
  • Alternatives include TunnelBear (£2.96 / month) or TOR (The Onion Router) which is free.

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