I use a secure web browser, do I still need a VPN?


This depends how frequently you surf the web, and if you use any other web-based apps on your device(s). While a secure browser does help protect your privacy and your identity, both of these technologies work in slightly different ways.

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How a secure browser works

A secure/safe browser is a web browser with extra security measures included that help protect you from dangerous websites, and prevent unauthorized activity while you're surfing the web.

Some of these security features include email & password protection and blocking ads, popups, and location trackers. Most modern browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Opera have some form of additional security built-in.

Some browsers like Tor also work similar to a Proxy server, they will mask your location by hiding your IP address. However, it only protects what's inside of your browser. It will not protect any of the other apps/programs running on your device.

How an anonymous VPN works

An anonymous VPN will protect and encrypt your entire internet connection, by re-routing all of your traffic through our secure network. Unlike a proxy, which only secures your torrent client or web browser, a VPN (Virtual Private Network) secures 100% of your internet access.

This protects all of the software running on your device, such as games, streaming apps, web browsers, e-mail clients, and any other third-party applications that connect to the web.

With a fully anonymous VPN server, you can enjoy enhanced privacy and security regardless of your geographic location.

Why choose VirtualShield?

We have a completely 100% Zero Logs policy, which means we don't track, monitor, or know what you do online. We also do not filter or censor any of your internet traffic. This may sound standard, but you'd be amazed how many VPNs (both paid and free) violate these basic principles.

We have apps available for all of your favorite devices, including Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, Linux, and more. Our apps are constantly under development to improve our users' experience, and we have lots of new security features coming soon.

We also offer an exclusive service called VPN Plus, that allows you to automatically block ads, trackers, and malware from ever reaching your device for a safer, and more enjoyable browsing experience.

Our support team is here to assist you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week if you need any assistance or have any questions regarding your account.

Common Questions

Can I use both at the same time?
Yes! You can use VirtualShield in combination with your secure browser to provide an additional layer of protection. Our VPN Plus add-on also includes Real-Time Protection, that will clear your browsing data and more automatically.
I use a free VPN, am I still protected?
Yes and no. Free VPNs collect your information, and sell it to advertisers. Learn more about the difference between free VPNs and paid ones here.

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