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The Ultimate Beginner's Guide to VPN

LAST UPDATED: 20 MAR 2017

This is the ultimate beginner’s guide to Virtual Private Networks (VPN). Get ready to taste internet freedom, learn how to stay safe and maintain your privacy online and learn how to use a VPN to experience a truly worldwide web. While this guide is aimed at anyone who’s new to the wonderful world of VPNs, we’re sure that even more tech-savvy readers will find at least parts of it useful.

Start with Chapter 1 below and work your way through in order, or just skip to the chapters that most interest you.


Disclaimer: Top10VPN is not a VPN provider and does not endorse, or in any way intend to promote, the use of VPNs for unlawful means. Users should ensure they adhere to all applicable laws and terms of service.

1 What is a VPN?

Learn exactly what a Virtual Private Network really is. Don't worry you won't need a computer science degree to understand it.

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2 How Do I Connect to a VPN?

So just how do you get in one the VPN action and get connected? We show you how.

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3 Paid vs Free VPNs

Free VPNs are a great way to get a taste of how the technology works but there's a world of difference between a free and paid VPN.

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4 What are the benefits of using a VPN?

Do you know all the ways that a VPN can make your life better? We share some of the biggest benefits - you might be surprised!

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5 Can I use a VPN on any device or operating system?

Find out more about VPN compatibility so you can be sure you can use your new VPN wherever you want to.

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6 What speed can I expect from a VPN?

Learn more about factors affected VPN speed and what to look for to ensure the best performance.

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7 Can I connect to several VPNs simultaneously?

One VPN good, two VPNs better, right? Wrong! We explain why.

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8 Is having servers in many locations important?

VPN services make a big deal about server locations all over the world. Find out why this matters.

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9 Which countries are known for blocking VPN connections?

A VPN is the perfect tool for beating state censorship of the internet but the censors don't make it easy.

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10 Are VPN connections safe?

A VPN is not a magic invisibility cloak. Your privacy priorities will determine which VPN is best.

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11 Do I need to use a firewall with my VPN?

A VPN and a firewall achieve different things. Find out why you still need both.

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12 Will I truly remain anonymous?

Like we always say, a VPN is not a magic cloak. Privacy is not the same as anonymity.

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13 What are VPN protocols and what are the differences between them?

Learn the difference between OpenVPN and PPTP (and the rest) and when you should use them.

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14 What is split tunnelling?

Hint: you don't need a shovel but it will keep you safer online

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