How to Connect to a VPN for Complete Newbies ✅ Basic VPN Tutorial 2021

Hey guys. So I've been getting a lot of requests 
about doing a very basic guide to getting started   with using a VPN, how to connect to servers, just 
real simple steps. So that's what I'm going to do   today. And I'm going to start out with Express. 
It's my favorite VPN I like to use, I think it's   the best you can get in terms of just a best VPN, 
but also for newbies. It's very newbie friendly,   and I'll put a link to it down in the description. 
But I'll also show you with Nord and surf shark,   those are a couple other really great VPN.

And 
I'll kind of explain some of the differences in   the end between those if you're trying to decide 
on a good VPN. But these principles will work for   pretty much any VPN. And that's why I'll show 
you what to express in Nord as well. So first,   let me just show you what the express how this 
works. Again, I'm showing you on a Mac. But   the same idea with with a PC, you'll just want 
to load, click on your, your application here and   Mac, have it here. Otherwise, you can go into 
your application folder and open it that way.   But I'm gonna go ahead and click on it, and it 
opens right there. Now just because I opened it,   it doesn't mean it's connected.

See how it says 
not connected. That means my VPN is not yet   turned on. It's not yet offering any protection 
and so forth. So in order to do that, I'll just   want to click this button, you can see when I 
hover over it, it starts to even change color   a little bit. So let me just show you how that 
works. We're just going to click the button.   And you can see it's going to start connecting. 
Now it's connected. So now I'm protected by this   VPN. And it's as simple as that. Now, now I'm 
going to go into Okay, what exactly happened?   What did we connect to? And how do we make those 
changes, and then I'll get I'll show you with a   couple other VPN, just so you can see how how this 
works and how it's very similar across the board.   So let me go ahead and I'm going to disconnect 
here, just by pushing that button. So again,   now we see we're not connected. So when you 
open up something like Express Express is great,   because it has things, some features 
called like a smart location,
  which means it's going to pick the best location 
for you.

If you'd like, you have the option of   saying, basically you're telling ExpressVPN, you 
know what, I'm not sure I'm kind of new to VPNs.   Or I just want the convenience of you picking for 
me. So that's what this is for here. And not all   VPNs have this feature. Again, that's what's one 
of the things I love about Express and makes it   great for newbies, so you just click this button. 
And now it's connecting to the smart location,   which is Seattle. So I'm actually located in 
Oregon. And so it's choosing the best server   that that ExpressVPN can find that's nearest 
to me, that's going to give me the best speed,   and protection and so forth.

So that's where 
it shows Seattle. So let me go ahead now I'm   basically I'm connected to the server in Seattle, 
which means when I'm browsing around online,   the online world is going to think I'm in Seattle, 
even though I'm actually physically in Oregon.   So I'm going to go ahead and disconnect from 
this again. Now, I'll give you I'll show you   one other step here. And then we'll go take a 
look at a couple other VPNs to show you how this   can can differ from VPN to VPN. So the we're using 
the smart location here. But let's say I want to   choose which is which is taking me to Seattle.

But 
let's say I want to try connecting to something   in California. So I'm going to click Come over 
here. And I'm clicking on these three little,   little dots. And now I have all these regions 
here on the right. So I want to I can just search   for up here. And you know, type in type in a 
city. Like let's say I wanted to type in Los   Angeles. And you can see a Los Angeles options 
are showing up there. But let's say I'm not sure   which city I want in California, well then I can 
click this little down arrow here. And now we see   these different areas within the United States. 
And so I can see Oh, you know what, maybe there,   maybe San Francisco, let's try San Francisco. So 
I can click on San Francisco.

And now that is been   my new selected location. So when I click the 
connect button, it's going to now connect me to   San Francisco. So now, when I am browsing around 
online, the online world thinks I am actually in   it thinks I'm physically in San Francisco, even 
though I'm actually in Oregon. So it's connecting   to the Express VPN in in San Francisco. So let me 
go ahead and disconnect again. And let me go ahead   and actually quit this. So I'm done using I'm done 
using the VPN, I'm just going to disconnect. And   I'm going to quit that altogether. And then 
we're just going to load it up again here.   And so you can see it's bringing up that most 
recent location I used, which was San Francisco,   but it also sees that a recent location I 
connected to us was Los Angeles. So you can
  I can click on that. And now it'll Connect 
me to Los Angeles. So you can kind of think   of these as quick connect features just to 
make it a little more convenient for you.
  But now, again, we can click on these three 
little dots.

And here's where that smart   location icon went. So I can click back on that 
if I, if I want to use Express VPN choice for me   and say, Hey, express VPN, what do you recommend 
I should connect to? If I just want the fastest,   the best? The best experience? What do you 
recommend, that's what this smart location   is. And I can just click on that. Okay, now it's 
in your internet traffic, maybe unsecure during   reconnection. So this is good to know, let's 
say you're doing something online that you want,   you want to make sure it's protected, it's secure, 
no one's going to see what you're doing.
  Then, if you're disconnecting and reconnecting, 
it wants to just be sure, hey, if you do this,   you know, your internet traffic may be unsecure. 
So while the VPN is disconnected, so it's a nice   little warning, just just in case. So I'm gonna 
say yes, that's fine, continue. And that way,   it gives you the option of oops, let me 
let me close down my browsers or you know,   whatever you're doing, to make sure you're safe 
there if you need to do something like that.

So   that's basically the simplicity of connecting to 
a VPN. Now, one other thing I'll say about that,   sometimes people wonder, so does it matter? 
What server you connect to are some servers   like more more protective than others do you 
want to try to look like you're further away,   in terms of just the basic use of a VPN, really 
just connecting to the server that's closest to   you, is generally the best because it's 
going to give you the fastest speeds.   As far as from a safety encryption standpoint, 
that doesn't make a difference. So just just   know that now, if you want to look like you're in 
a specific region of the world, and that can be a   discussion for another time, that's when you have 
these options of connecting to all these servers   all over the world, to make it look like you're 
you're in another further further part of the   world, then say, for me, I'm just looking like 
I'm a state away.

But really, even I could connect   to a server in another, another city near me. And 
that would still be fine from a from a protection   standpoint, because I'm using ExpressVPN to, 
I'm using sort of their cover their protection.   So again, that's how that works with ExpressVPN. 
And of course, if you have any other questions,   let me know down in the description 
below. Otherwise, I just want to pop open   Nord VPN here just to show you how this work. So 
Nord VPN, again, I'll put a link to Nord down in   the description as well, if you're interested 
in learning more about Nord, but they have   just like expressed their another premium VPN, 
you can use the Quick Connect feature here,   which basically is like Nord, take all the 
thinking for this, do all the thinking for me, and   go ahead and choose the best server, 
I want to leave that up to you. So you   can just click Quick Connect, and it's going 
to connect me, it looks like to a server
  here in the Midwest. And so now I'm connected. 
So you can see up here, it's protected.   Now this is one thing.

See already, if you notice 
the difference between Nord and express, to me,   it's a little more obvious here, I'll bring 
up Express, you can see the difference. It's a   little more obvious, the way Express, you know, 
they got the big button when you're connected.   It, it's a little more whoops, sorry, it's sorry, 
it was I was confusing it there. Once you connect.   Again, for a newbie, I think it's a little 
more obvious with Nord, it's not so obvious.   It's not that you're not protected.

It just,
you know, like said that you get this little green   at the little writing and get not a big deal. But 
if you're brand new, and you just like you know,   the interface of Express VPN a little bit, I 
find it's a little more. It's a little better   suited to newbies to people who are less tech 
savvy, and just want something very simple and   easy to understand. That certainly is one of the 
benefits of ExpressVPN. Now otherwise, with Nord,   you can just like with Express, you can go in 
and select a server from any of their regions   and areas around the world as well. So just 
like with the United States, we can go in here,   and you know, choose another region and so forth. 
So let me show you one other one and that is going   to be with surf shark. So let me go ahead and 
we're going to disconnect from Nord surf shark   is is like the best budget VPN It's great. It's a 
gives you It gives you the option of here you can   see you have fastest server and nearest country 
which you know, maybe that that might be helpful   for your situation, but generally, fastest 
server is the one you're going to want to   click if you just want to keep it easy.

Take all 
the thinking out of it. Just like with Express,   you can use the smart location with 
Nord. It's the Quick Connect and was
  surf shark, you can just use fastest server will 
be a great one. And so if I just press that,   it's going to go ahead and connect me to the 
fastest server, which is actually here in Oregon,   which is a benefit to me.

So now I'm going to 
disconnect. And, again, it's already brought up,   when I click Connect, that's going to be 
my fastest server. Now, let me go ahead   and close down surf shark again and actually 
open it up, make sure it completely out of it,   bring it back in. Okay, so just again, 
to show you what this looks like,   when you just come into it, you can basically 
just click this button that will connect you.
  And we can see it's connecting. And now 
we're connected. So again, pretty, I think   it's pretty good. I think surf shark is kind of in 
between Express and Nord, as far as from a from a   from a newbie standpoint, for beginners, I think 
expressed as the best at being very simple,   very uncluttered.

Just give you the the 
basics here. And make it really obvious   when you're connected, not connected. Surf 
shark also does a very good job. But
  I can see where the interface might be, 
you know, you kind of have to look around.   And it might be a little confusing, you know, 
which one do I if you're brand new. So again,   that's why I wanted to explain that. And then the 
last thing again, you can pick your your areas,   your regions down here, just like with the other 
VPN. What's kind of cool about surf shark is   they they kind of show you the server load with 
these little circles, and how full they are. So   if you have the option of choosing one that's less 
full, like this one's more full.

So this one would   be lustful, that would be a better one, this one 
is empty. So that would be a better one as well.   That's something you can keep in mind. But again, 
this is just a very quick and basic guide to kind   of getting started and getting connected to a 
VPN. As you can see, these all have this similar   principle and idea. Now something to keep in mind, 
not all VPNs have a quick connect feature. That's   something I like about all three of these and why 
I like recommending them and why they're so great   for for newbies and beginners is it takes all the 
thinking out of it, you can just trust these VPN   to pick the best server for you. So how do you 
know which one to get if you're brand new to VPN,   and you're thinking of getting one, if you want 
the very best I'd go with Express, it gives you   the fastest speeds, it's easiest to use, it's the 
most reliable, it's been proven to not keep any of   your logs or activities. So Excellent, excellent 
VPN.

And then if you want kind of the best value,   I think nords a great pick, it doesn't it's less 
expensive than ExpressVPN. Some of the trade off,   it's not quite as premium, you could save a VPN as 
as Express. So you're missing out on some of the   the features, and so forth, compared to 
ExpressVPN. But for someone who's looking for   just that, that sweet spot of excellent value, 
it's still getting all the the best protection   and so forth. nords a great choice.
And then finally, I'd go with surf shark,   if you're, you know, looking for the best budget 
pick, let's say you're not doing maybe a lot of   streaming or torrenting or downloading, not that 
you you can use surf shark for that.

But if that's   if you're doing a lot of that you might prefer 
the speeds of Nord and and and express so that   you're not waiting for your downloads or if 
you're trying to unblock Netflix libraries,   again, surf shark will do that. But sometimes 
the speeds can be a little more unpredictable   compared to Nord and express Express is going 
to be the most reliable in regards to this.   Nord is very good. But overall Express is going 
to be faster across all the different regions,   except for in European regions. Nord will be 
can outperform Express especially in like Italy,   New Zealand servers, Nord also does a little bit 
better, they're typically compared to express so   there are some kind of caveats to that were Nord 
will outdo Express and speed. But another neat   thing about surf shark is it gives you unlimited 
device connections. That means you can connect   to as many devices as you want. And it doesn't 
cost anything extra, which is amazing.

So if you   have a, you know, larger family, larger household, 
that's a great way to go. Nord lets you connect to   six devices simultaneously. And Express allows 
you to connect to five devices simultaneously.   So if you need a lot of devices, you would in your 
with express or Nord, you'd either need to get   another subscription or just, you know, limit the 
amount of devices that are using it at one time,   or that's we're getting surf shark could 
be a great option.

And maybe you're just   you're the trade off is you're not going 
to have as fast as speeds and so forth.
  But again, I'll put links to 
all three of these down below,   along with any of the best deals or discounts I 
can get for you guys, including some free months   that aren't available on their website, when 
you typically go there to sign up. So feel   free to take advantage of that if you'd 
like. But otherwise, thank you so much   for your time really appreciate you guys 
watching. If you have any other questions,   let me know down below in the comments. Otherwise, 
stay safe and I will see you in the next video..

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