A virtual private network (VPN) creates a secure communication between two devices. You don’t need to know exactly why or how it works, to understand some of the benefits. With a VPN all of your online communications are communications are encrypted so you don’t have to worry about surveillance or identity theft while you are visiting sensitive websites. A VPN also hides your IP address and location so that 1) you are untrackable and 2) you can access content that is only available in certain locations, no matter where you are. This is especially helpful now that we are in China where all Google products (Google Maps, Gmail, Youtube, etc) are blocked, along with Instagram and its parent company, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and all sorts of other useful sites.. At $8.32 a month, this service is invaluable.
We go into a lot more detail about ExpressVPN and why we like it in our full review.