What is a VPN?

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) protects your online privacy by sending and receiving all of your data through an encrypted tunnel. Most people use it to defend their information at public WiFi locations like coffee shops or airports, but many are using the service to hide their locations, ensure private browsing, and a lot more.

What Does a VPN Do For You?

Hides Your Location

Every device on the Internet has an IP address that all of your online activity is associated with. Think of it as your computer's license. Using a virtual private network masks your IP so any and all of your online activity is completely private. As a Switzerland-based company, we do not keep records of what IP addresses you connect to, nor what IP you were assigned while using our service.

Helps You Unlock Content

Depending on your geographic location, it's not always possible to access all content available on streaming services like Netflix and YouTube. PrivadoVPN unlocks that content by telling those services you're connecting from a location they provide their service to.

Keeps You Safe on Public WiFi

There are countless ways for people to snoop on or steal your private communications and information when you connect to public WiFi hotspots. A VPN will encrypt your hotspot connection and block any would-be thieves.

Protects You from Hackers and Unwanted Intruders

Your data is most vulnerable while it's in transit. PrivadoVPN blocks black hat hackers, governments, corporations, and even your ISP from accessing those transmissions. Don't give up a single bit of your data without permission.

Benefits of PrivadoVPN

Free VPN with the speed and security of a paid service

Free VPN with the speed and security of a paid service

You no longer need to pay monthly or yearly fees to get advanced VPN data security with lightning-fast speeds.

Use On All of Your Devices

Use On All of Your Devices

One account protects your desktop, laptop, phone, tablet, and more. Up to 10 devices, twice as many as other VPNs!

Encrypt all of your data and increase privacy

Encrypt all of your data and increase privacy

Keeping your data encrypted means that even if it's intercepted, it will be useless to anyone but the intended recipient.

Access to Hundreds of Servers in 45 Countries and 58 Cities

Access to Hundreds of Servers in 45 Countries and 58 Cities

Find the fastest VPN servers in real-time from our global network. The PrivadoVPN app will instantly find the fastest connection for you with the click of a button.

Avoid Speed Throttling

Avoid Speed Throttling

ISPs try to curb large data transfers by slowing your speed based on what you're doing. You can avoid this by hiding your activity with PrivadoVPN.

Unblocks additional content

Unblocks additional content

Never get locked out of regional content again. Our free VPN will dig an encrypted tunnel right through to that show, movie, or video.

Importance of Using a No-Log VPN

PrivadoVPN is a "no-log" virtual private network. This means that we don't keep records of your online activity, so it can never be traced back to you. We base our free VPN in Switzerland, which has the best consumer privacy laws in the world, so that even if an ISP or government agency tries to access your data, we can keep your information private and safe.

How Does a VPN Work?

VPNs work by taking your Internet connection and data, encrypting them, and transferring that information to the intended destination via a secure VPN server somewhere else in the world. This ensures that all online activity and all data leaving and coming to your device, whether it's an email or file you're sending or receiving, a website you're browsing, or an online chat you're having, is safe from prying eyes.

VPN Protocols

A VPN Tunneling Protocol is the technological system that allows you to securely send your data over the Internet. There are several VPN protocols that are used for different purposes, balancing speed and security, based on your specific needs.

OpenVPN

OpenVPN

OpenVPN is one of the most common protocols. It's open-source, very secure, and ideal for long distance communication.

IKEv2

IKEv2

IKEv2 is best suited to transfer over shorter distances. It's less secure than something like OpenVPN, but very fast for tasks like streaming.

PP2P and LT2P

PP2P and LT2P

PP2P and LT2P are older, outdated protocols that still exist, but we don't recommend using.

Get Started with PrivadoVPN

Download the PrivadoVPN App to Your Device

Download the PrivadoVPN App to Your Device

Setting up your free VPN is as simple as downloading the PrivadoVPN app on your computer or mobile device, creating a free account, and connecting to a server.

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Manually Set Up PrivadoVPN

Manually Set Up PrivadoVPN

If you prefer to set up your VPN manually, you can do so on most routers and most operating systems. Our simple guides will walk you through the process step by step.

VPN Setup Guides

Frequently Asked Questions

Because the most valuable commodity right now is information. Most Internet services are free at the point of contact because they record your data and sell it to other companies. There has been a major push among world governments to make it easier to spy on you. Hackers have become more sophisticated and data thieves better at stealing your identity. A VPN can help you combat these intrusions onto your privacy so that you can take back control of your information.
There isn't one. The "best" protocol is the one that meets your needs. OpenVPN is great if you want to ensure the maximum amount of security for your communications, but it can also be somewhat slow. If you wanted to play an online multiplayer game, you'd be better off with a protocol like IKEv2, since it's less important to hide your activity, but you can enjoy a faster connection. Wireguard shows a lot of promise, but is still reasonably new and hasn't really been tested. At PrivadoVPN, we recommend trying different protocols for different tasks, then using the one that works for you.
It's impossible to be absolutely anonymous online. Just being online means giving up some of your privacy. However, a good no-log virtual private network like PrivadoVPN is a powerful tool to make it as difficult as possible to identify you. Without a VPN, you're leaving dozens of avenues open that can lead right to your personal data.
All of them. If you have a device connected to the Internet, you should make the effort to ensure that it is as secure as possible. This is especially true with Internet of Things items like video doorbells and digital assistants. Even if you can't set up a VPN directly on them, there are still ways to ensure data goes through a secure portal.

There are a lot of factors that go into answering this question, so let's start with "yes", but with a caveat.

Technically, there is a slight drop in speed because all of your data is being routed through another computer at a different location. However, many ISPs use a practice called "speed throttling", which means that for certain activities like streaming movies or downloading through peer-to-peer networks they will artificially slow your connection. With a VPN, however, they can't tell what you're doing, so there is a chance that your speeds will actually increase.