VPNs are becoming a more and more important part of browsing online, and yet only 25 percent of the internet are using them.

VPN stands for virtual private network, and it works to keep your activity hidden when browsing, emailing, or transmitting any other private data you don't want people snooping around in.

A VPN will encrypt your traffic so hackers can't access your data, and hides your location and IP address so you can stay anonymous.

It also gives you the option of bypassing geolocation blocks when you're overseas.

But there are a lot of options available – and not all VPNs are made equal in price or quality.

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Windscribe is a simple and effective desktop application and browser extension that works as a VPN and ad blocker to keep your data safe and secure online.

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You can use on as many of your devices as you like, and depending on which package you chose you'll be protected for either 3 years, 5 years or the lifetime of the product.

Right now on ScienceAlert Academy we're selling the bundles at only US$29.99 for a 3 year subscription.

Find out more here.

Price: US$29.99 for 3 years

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