What is VPN?A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a service that allows you to connect to the Internet via an encrypted connection to ensure your online privacy and protect your sensitive data. VPNs are commonly used to secure connections to public Wi-FI hotspots, hide IP addresses and make your browsing private. In addition, VPN can make it possible to get around geographic blocking, such as accessing Canadian and British content from the USA (and USA content from Europe). I strongly recommend use of VPN, particularly on public networks (e.g., Starbucks Wi-Fi).
I had been using and recommending AirVPN, but it has eliminated all but one server local to me, and that server has not always been reliable. (Servers in other locations are not as fast due to extra distance.) So I undertook a through analysis of other VPN providers, and my new recommendation is Surfshark. In addition to excellent service and support, Surfshark is also (currently) a bargain, at only $47.76 for 2 years of service, less than $2 per month, with 30-day full refund.
- I get no commission for recommending Surfshark.
- During the Olympics, I use VPN to access Canadian coverage (by connecting through a Canadian VPN server), which is far superior to coverage here in the USA.