What is VPN?

VPN, or Virtual Private Network, is a secure tunnel between two or more devices. VPNs are used to protect private web traffic from snooping, interference, and censorship.

virtual private network (VPN) extends a private network across a public network, and enables users to send and receive data across shared or public networks as if their computing devices were directly connected to the private network. Applications running across the VPN may therefore benefit from the functionality, security, and management of the private network.[1]

VPNs may allow employees to securely access a corporate intranet while located outside the office. They are used to securely connect geographically separated offices of an organization, creating one cohesive network. Individual Internet users may secure their wireless transactions with a VPN, to circumvent geo-restrictions and censorship, or to connect to proxy servers for the purpose of protecting personal identity and location. However, some Internet sites block access to known VPN technology to prevent the circumvention of their geo-restrictions.

A VPN is created by establishing a virtual point-to-point connection through the use of dedicated connections, virtual tunneling protocols, or traffic encryption. A VPN available from the public Internet can provide some of the benefits of a wide area network (WAN). From a user perspective, the resources available within the private network can be accessed remotely.[2]

Traditional VPNs are characterized by a point-to-point topology, and they do not tend to support or connect broadcast domains, so services such as Microsoft WindowsNetBIOS may not be fully supported or work as they would on a local area network (LAN). Designers have developed VPN variants, such as Virtual Private LAN Service(VPLS), and layer-2 tunneling protocols, to overcome this limitation.

Some VPNs have been banned in China and Russia.[3]

What is VPN?

ExpressVPN can also act as a proxy, allowing you to surf the web anonymously from wherever you want.

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What is a VPN? Top 3 VPN uses:

Hide your IP address and location

Use ExpressVPN to hide your IP and location. Choose among any of our VPN server locations in the US, UK, Australia, or any of 94 countries worldwide.

Encrypt your communications

Our VPN uses high strength 256-bit encryption to protect your data from prying eyes. Browse freely from Wi-Fi hotspots with the comfort that you can’t be tracked or monitored.

Watch your favorite content

Stream in HD from any of your devices. We’ve optimized our network to provide the highest speeds possiblewith unlimited bandwidth.

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Top VPN uses

Top vpn uses

ExpressVPN provides unblocked, unrestricted access to the sites and services you use.

View blocked websites from anywhere

Easily unblock sites and services like Facebook, Twitter, Skype, YouTube and Gmail. With ExpressVPN you can keep on accessing the sites you love.

Avoid censorship and surveillance

When connected to ExpressVPN, your ISP only sees encrypted traffic passing to our VPN servers, but they cannot decipher the data or know the websites you have visited.

The world’s fastest VPN

With unlimited bandwidth, you can enjoy your favorite videos and video chat with your friends and family without waiting for videos to buffer.

Protect your identity

Protect your identity

Our high-strength VPN encryption protects not only your web browser but also your emails, Skype conversations, online banking, and everything you do or see online – whether you are at home, the office, a cafe, or traveling the world. Give yourself some added anonymity with ExpressVPN.

Stay safe from hackers and thieves

Once connected to ExpressVPN, all your data is encrypted and indecipherable, so you won’t have to worry about passwords and other sensitive information being intercepted.

We don’t monitor or log your activities

Online privacy is not always well understood, and laws are ever-changing. However, we are firm believers in privacy as a fundamental right. We never share your details with anyone.

Prevent third parties from tracking you

By hiding your IP address and location, ExpressVPN makes it harder for third-party sites and services to charge different prices or display targeted advertising based on location.

VPN apps for every device

VPN apps for every device

ExpressVPN works seamlessly across all your devices – be it your desktop computer, laptop, smartphone, router, or tablet. Simply install our user-friendly VPN apps on any of your devices. You can be connected on up to three devices at the same time.

No tech skills required

Sign up, install, and press connect. It’s that simple. We developed our software to be straightforward for the least technologically savvy of us.

Compatibility

We have apps for WindowsMaciOSAndroidRouters, and Linux. ExpressVPN works with any internet connection including wired, Wi-Fi, and cellular networks.

VPN protocols offered

ExpressVPN apps are configured with OpenVPN UDP by default. Alternatively, we also provide OpenVPN TCP, L2TP/IPsec, SSTP and PPTP. Learn more about VPN protocols.