VPN services can sound mysterious, but the reality is that they’re simple to use and have a variety of benefits. Once you’ve installed the app on your phone, laptop or another device, you choose a server and press the ‘Connect’ button.

What that does is to reroute the internet connection from your device via that VPN server as well as encrypt the data sent to and from it and replace your IP address with a new one.

Let’s put that in plain English. As far as any website or web service (such as Netflix) is concerned, the connection appears to be coming from wherever the server is located. So if you pick one in the USA, websites will show you local pricing in dollars and you’ll see the same content Americans see on Netflix when you sign into your account even if your real location is London. It’s the best way to overcome regional blocks.

Secondly, the encryption means your browsing is private. Your internet service provider, for example, can’t see (and record) which websites you visit and any plain text sent over the connection, such as emails, will be scrambled and therefore unreadable.

Why use Privado VPN?

Great question. There are so many VPN services to choose between, so picking one can be difficult. Fortunately, Privado makes that choice easy because it offers a completely free service, so won’t cost you anything.

You can use Privado on your iPhone, iPad, Android phone or tablet, Windows laptop, Mac – even your Amazon Fire TV Stick and Android TV.

Unlike most VPN services, Privado manages and operates its entire network and server infrastructure, and doesn’t use any virtual server locations. Not only does this mean better security for your data, it also gives you faster connection speeds.

Privado doesn’t record or track any information about what you do online either and, being based in Switzerland, your account is protected by some of the best privacy laws anywhere.

Surely there’s a catch if it’s free?

With most free VPN services you’d be absolutely right. But Privado offers the best free VPN service out there.

It’s the only one that allows you to stream video and unblock Netflix and other services, as well as letting you download torrent files. It also gives you a choice of 12 different servers including in the US, UK, Netherlands, Germany, US, Canada, France, Switzerland, and Mexico.

And those are exactly the same as the rest of Privado’s 200 servers: there’s no speed restrictions, no reduction in privacy: it’s the same great service.

The only differences between using Privado for free and paying for the service are that you have 10GB of data per month to use for free (unlimited otherwise) and that you that can’t download torrent files using the SOCKS5 protocol, which won’t be an issue for most people.

What else should I know about Privado VPN?

Well, there are other two things worth knowing: customer support is there 24 hours a day, 7 days a week should you have any questions or difficulties, and the apps have a ‘kill switch’ which prevents your data from being leaked accidentally if the VPN connection stops for any reason.

How can I get Privado VPN?

Simply visit Privadovpn.com and sign up for a free account. You’ll need only a valid email address: no card details are required. Then, download the app on your device from its app store, sign in with the account you just created, choose a server and tap Connect.

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