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In this article we explain what a VPN is and why you could need one for your mobile device, as well as what to keep in mind when choosing a VPN. We also analyze the best VPNs for Android and iOS in our opinion.
This article is based on our experience using VPNs in China, where it’s essential to have a reliable VPN. For years, we have been testing many VPNs, and in this article, you will find a short review of the VPNs that we recommend for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices.
What is a VPN and why would I need one?
A Virtual Private Network – or VPN – allows you to send and receive data over the internet as if you were directly connected to a private network. However, we don’t need to go into the technical details. Below, you will find the main uses of a VPN:
- Getting around internet censorship in China, Iran, Vietnam or other countries that restrict access to a part of the internet.
- Sending sensitive information (like banking information) over an encrypted connection. This is very important if you connect to public networks.
- Accessing services that are only available in certain countries. For example, if you want to watch your favorites shows on Netflix or Hulu, but you aren’t in the United States, you can’t; that is, unless you use a VPN to access these websites from an American server!
- Creating your own VPN allows your employees to access your company’s private network, even if they are not physically connected to it.