Protecting your privacy doesn’t need to be as complicated as using all manner of CIA-beating tech to hide yourself and your computer from the evils that lurk on the interwebs these days, where literally nobody is to be trusted. It’s fun setting all that stuff up, if that’s what you’re into, but for most of you, you just want a nice, easy solution that works and doesn’t affect your day-to-day online experience.
Frankly, everyone should be using a VPN, whether they realise it or not and whether they think they have anything to hide or not.
My personal favourite service (there are a few very good ones) is ExpressVPN.
Sign up for a small monthly fee and download the software for your given operating system – in my case Linux Mint (so I downloaded the Ubuntu 64bit .deb package).
The commands to install it, activate it using the code supplied when you subscribe, and connect to it are shown below….
Does it get any easier than that? I don’t think so.
Once it’s installed and running, you should add it to your startup applications, so that it starts automatically when you log in for convenience.
Lastly and for completeness, you can add the extension for Firefox (not essential but why wouldn’t you?).
You can activate up to 3 devices with your subscription. All major operating systems and phone operating systems are supported.
It just works.