A Virtual Private Network, or VPN, helps you secure your internet data and ensure your privacy online. Here's a great summary of what they do from PCMag, in their article "you need a VPN and here's why":

A VPN creates a virtual encrypted tunnel between you and a remote server operated by a VPN service. All external internet traffic is routed through this tunnel, so your data is secure from prying eyes. Best of all, your computer appears to have the IP address of the VPN server, masking your identity.

In addition to the reasons given for using a VPN in that article, they're a great way to bypass country filters (for example, to see content usually only available in different countries), and to prevent your actual IP address being seen by websites.

Which VPN solution should I choose?

There are lots of different VPN solutions, including many free and paid options, so it can be hard to figure out which one is best for you. Two VPN providers that are very highly recommended are respected are StrongVPN, and IPVanish, which we compare below:

FeatureIPVanishStrongVPN
PriceFrom $6.49From $5.83
Countries6026
Bypass Netflix RestrictionsNoYes
Android AppYesYes
iOS AppYesYes
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Not sure which one is for you, and still undecided? PCMag rated IPVanish the top VPN provider in their recent review. Try IPVanish now, starting from $6.49 a month.

You can also find out more about the IP ranges used by IPVanish.