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Ultimate Guide to VPNs for Online Privacy

LAST UPDATED: 17 MAR 2017

Online privacy is no longer just for the paranoid, pirates and freedom fighters. Big Brother is definitely watching (and taking notes) while criminal hackers want to steal your identity. This guide will educate you about the risks you face every day online and show what precautions you should be taking. We cover whether you need a VPN, how to choose the right one and set it up and what other great free and cheap tools you should be using.

Start with Chapter 1 below and work your way through in order, or just skip to the chapters that most interest you. This guide is a work-in-progress, we will add more chapters every week and continually update it with new and relevant information.


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 Introduction to online privacy

Dip your toes into the world of online privacy and discover what you can learn by reading our guide. It's far from just being about VPNs, if that's what you're wondering.

Read chapter > (4 mins)

2 12 reasons why you need a VPN for privacy and security

Find out the risks you are running when you get online without a VPN. We're confident you won't be aware of all of them.

Read chapter > (8 mins)

3 What is a VPN?

Not quite sure what a Virtual Private Network is? Don't worry, we've got you covered with our simple refresher on how VPNs work. Brush up your knowledge with this chapter or skip to the next one if you prefer.

Read chapter > (3 mins)

4 Is it legal to use a VPN?

With something this useful and brilliant, there has to be a catch right? Surely it can't be legal to hide your identity online? Think again, and this chapter will show you why.

Read chapter > (2 mins)

5 What VPNs can’t do (and what they can)

A VPN is a wonderful thing but it isn't on its own an all-singing, all-dancing solution to every risk you face online. Learn about the limits of a VPN so you don't get complacent and caught out.

Read chapter > (7 mins)

6 Why you MUST use a VPN on public Wi-Fi

Public Wi-Fi may seem like the perfect way to get online when you're out and about to save your precious cellular data but it's should come with a massive public safety warning. We show you why and how to use it wisely.

Read chapter > (9 mins)

7 Coming next in the Ultimate Guide to Privacy

We're only still just scratching the surface of online privacy and the part that a VPN can play in protecting yours. Find out what the remaining chapters will cover as we publish them in the coming days and weeks!

Read chapter > (1 min)

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