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6 best VPNs to keep your laptop and mobile devices secure

If privacy and security are important to you, consider getting a VPN

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Most people probably aren't familiar with a VPN, nor know what it actually does. Yes, a VPN allows you to stream Netflix from different countries. It's also a privacy and security tool that encrypts users' web traffic and masks their IP addresses. This means that whether you're trying to watch YouTube abroad or looking for some extra security when in Starbucks, a VPN can be your best friend for secure, anonymous browsing.

However, finding a reliable VPN can be a difficult task with so many out there. Here are some of our favorites to consider if you're planning to travel, or even do some holiday shopping while enjoying your favorite coffee blend.

HideMyAss VPN

HideMyAss

Don't be scared away by the crass name. Owned by Avast, HideMyAss (HMA) boasts over 280 locations to browse from allowing for VPN protection on your router and other IoT devices. HMA also allows you to protect five devices at once with each subscription. Get this VPN at any of the following price plans: $6.99/ 12-months, $7.99/ 6-months and $11.99/ month.

These VPNs aren't necessarily required for you to be protected. But if you use a lot of public Wi-Fi or if you're abroad, they might be good for you to keep in your back pocket.

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