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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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..