Internet security is an important topic here in 2015. Users need to be vary of what they do online and how they go from place to place. In addition to anti-virus software, the use of VPN can be an important security measure.
So what is a VPN? From wikipedia: “A virtual private network (VPN) extends a private network across a public network, such as the Internet. It enables a computer or network-enabled device to send and receive data across shared or public networks as if it were directly connected to the private network, while benefiting from the functionality, security and management policies of the private network.”
So a VPN will allow you to connect to the Internet with a secure connection. There are quite a few VPN apps and services for Android and iOS, today I am looking at Express VPN for Android.
Express VPN is a free app but to use the service there is a fee, which you can pay monthly, yearly or biyearly. When you first download the app you will need to create an account and you will get a free trial for 1 day. There is a 30 day money back guarantee too if you decide to pay for the service.
The service can be used on all devices, which is pretty convenient. When using the service, it allows you to connect to the Internet from a variety of different servers around world.
There is not much more I can say about the app, so I reached out to the developer to ask them some questions about the app and service. You can see our q&a after this video.
Q. Thanks for the time, can you tell us why users should even consider using a VPN?
ExpressVPN creates an encrypted and secure tunnel between your computer and any websites or apps that you access. This means that all traffic you send are encrypted enabling you to be able to browse anonymously. VPNs may one day become a vital part of your internet connection in order to keep your internet communications away from prying eyes.
ExpressVPN is also a great way to change your IP or hide your location. We have a lot of users who are not incredibly privacy minded and just want to stream content online. The problem here, is that popular sites such as Facebook, YouTube, Netflix and others block content depending on where you are located in the world. For example, Facebook is blocked in China – a VPN would help get around this.
Q. What advantage is there to connect to a server in the UK when I am here in the US?
Firstly, connecting to a VPN connection anywhere means a change in your IP. This means that 3rd parties cannot monitor your online activities, from your Skype conversations, your instant messages and browsing history.
VPNs are also advantageous for travelers who might want to watch country specific TV episodes when abroad. Popular streaming services like BBC iPlayer are only available for users within the UK, so VPNs have become a popular method for travelers, or ex pats living elsewhere. This also works the other way around, where you can use a US IP address to stream US only content.
Q. On your site you mention location restrictions on sites-can you give us some examples of this?
Yes, for example China blocks Facebook, YouTube, Google, and many other sites. Turkey also blocks a lot of these sites so VPNs are incredibly popular tools in counties with a high level of censorship. Click here to find out more about unblocking websites.
Q. How does Express VPN differ from others out there?
ExpressVPN is a highly secure service which places user privacy at the very forefront. We also have server locations in over 78 countries and high speeds to match.
Q. Is Express VPN more appropriate for individuals or businesses?
Both! We cater to both individuals and multi license users who want to protect their business, and improve their online security.
Q. Are there any limit on how much bandwidth you can use?
No, bandwidth is unlimited.
Q. Can multiple devices be connected at the same time?
You can install ExpressVPN on as many devices as you like, though only one computer and one mobile device can be connected at a time per subcription.
Well there you have it folks. Some great information on VPNs. If you want to secure your Internet connection, then you have an option in Express VPN. Thanks for your time.