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Protect your Privacy with Bitdefender VPN

A Virtual Private Network – also known as a VPN – is a group of computers linked together over the internet. This basically allows someone who’s connected to the internet, from anywhere in the world, to access a network that’s otherwise restricted and not accessible to everyone with a simple internet connection.

While the connection between them makes it seem like they all share the same LAN (Local Area Network) – for instance, home or business network – they’re actually using the public internet to talk to each other in a secure and encrypted manner.

Privacy Matters

Let’s pretend a VPN is a really secure tunnel between you and the destination you want to visit on the internet. In fact, don’t pretend — that’s exactly what it is. When your information passes through this tunnel, it means no one outside the tunnel will know exactly what is being passed through it, meaning your communication is secure.

One reason someone would need to use a VPN is to access company resources that are not accessible from outside the company. In countries where content or access to certain websites is blocked, a VPN could allow the user to change his virtual identity, and appear as if he’s visiting the restricted website from an unrestricted location.

Others simply have growing concerns that they’re constantly tracked by online service providers or even governments, raising concerns that their personal information and private conversations could be eavesdropped on at any time. The fact that VPNs also support encrypted traffic means that, whenever you’re roaming the internet, anyone who tries to spy on your communication will only “see” gibberish. They can’t steal your passwords, spy on your conversations, or even redirect you to malicious websites.

This is great for when you’re connected to a public Wi-Fi hotspot or any network that you don’t fully trust, as you can encrypt everything you send online without worrying that someone controlling the network will be able to spy on you.

This particular feature is great for online banking, shopping, connecting to your social media accounts or even accessing content that’s restricted in your region. The way the tunnel works is that, when you establish a secure connection with the VPN server, everything you visit online looks like the VPN server is actually visiting it. This means that your identity and location is always protected.

Encryption is vital when surfing the web as it not only keeps your online transactions hidden from prying eyes, but it also makes sure that everything you do online is completely unreadable by cybercriminals trying to get between you and the one you’re talking to. While not all encryption is made equal, as some can be broken or bypassed under the right circumstances, the general rule of thumb is that strong encryption and good security hygiene – such as having a security solution installed either on your PC or mobile device – pair up nicely to offer maximum protection against any online threats, risks, or types of attack.

The really interesting part is that some VPN solutions also allow you to change the location of your VPN server, meaning that you can browse the web as if you’re from the United States, Europe, or any other region on the map.

Privacy for Android and Windows

Regardless whether you’re mobile – on your Android smartphone or tablet – or on your Windows computers, a VPN solution keeps your private information safe from prying eyes. VPN features vary based on whether you’re using the free or paid version, with differences involving bandwidth cap, ability to change server location and trial periods.

Either way, having a VPN solution tightly integrated with your security solution enables you to both browse the web in complete privacy while constantly be protected from threats and malware. Whether you own an Android smartphone or tablet or even a Windows-based terminal, having both security and privacy enables you to do your thing, protected.

Bitdefender VPN offers both privacy and encryption for Windows and Android users, enabling you to safely browse the internet worry-free. For more information about Bitdefender VPN – both the free and the paid version – check out the official webpage.

About the author


Liviu Arsene is the proud owner of the secret to the fountain of never-ending energy. That's what's been helping him work his everything off as a passionate tech news editor for the past couple of years. He is the youngest and most restless member of the Bitdefender writer team and he covers mobile malware and security topics with fervor and a twist. His passions revolve around gadgets and technology, and he's always ready to write about what's hot and trendy out there in geek universe.


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  • It's fairly priced on top of a total security subscription but I have a few questions:

    1. Will there be an iOS and Mac version coming soon?
    2. Is it going to use OpenVPN, L2TP or IKEv2?
    3. How many servers are there and how many countries?

    • Hi Jonathan!

      1. Yes, an iOS and Mac version is in the works and will be available soon.
      2. It's based on OpenVPN
      3. Currently, 22 countries are available, but the listing might differ based on server availability.

      For more information about Bitdefender VPN, check out the FAQ webpage here:

  • You don't list some particulars like whether or not you track the users, keep logs, etc. What is your disclosure to the governments when they asking for information? Those things are important in a VPN Provider also.

  • Hi Bitdefender,
    Why your team uses Hotspot shield based VPN for Android version of Bitdefender mobile security?

    Hotspot shield isn't totally trusted.
    There is some privacy problems.

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for the question. While Bitdefender uses the AnchorFree infrastructure to deliver the VPN service to customers, our integration of the technology is governed by Bitdefender’s Terms of Service. Under these terms, we have taken all the necessary legal and technical precautions to prevent traffic inspection, logging or user identification.

  • Interesting, I'm using Bitdefender antivirus but didn't know they offer VPN services too, currently I'm using Surfshark. As mentioned in other comments it's important to know if Bitdefender VPN collects any logs and what would they do if asked to provide them. One of the reasons I chose Surfshark is that they're based in the British Virgin Islands and claim a strong zero-logs policy. But thanks for sharing the news, definitely a VPN that I will follow closely and consider using.