frequently asked questions
Will I see any ads?
Our focus is on blocking intrusive ads and trackers.
What counts as a user?
You can have up to 5 simultaneous connections on the VPN.
Can public WiFi be monitored?
Yes, most public WiFi can be monitored.
How does billing work?
Your HQ account is free. You can get a monthly, 3 month, or annual subscription to HQ VPN.
Why isn't https:// enough?
https:// encrypts the page, not the address or your return address.
Why don't I need a password?
Passwords are great, if they haven't been lost or hacked. We use your email to verify your ID.
Should I use this while traveling?
Yes, a VPN works well while traveling or using any untrusted WiFi like a coffee shop, hotel, or airport.
How do I remove HQ VPN?
Removing the VPN is easy, simply delete your profile, done!
How long does it take to setup?
Getting connected to HQ VPN takes less than 5 minutes.
Couldn't I just run a VPN myself?
Maintaining a secure VPN can be a lot of work.
What is an invite?
Be the first to check out hq.network with early access.
What is net neutrality?
Net neutrality calls for fair and equal access to any site on the internet.
What threats am I protected against?
HQ VPN protects you against ads, trackers, and malware.
How does blocking ads increase safety?
Ads are more than passive billboards these days. They can track you and leave you vulnerable to phishing.
What technology does HQ use?
HQ VPN uses HashiCorp for our public key and encryption infrastructure and the latest encryption and VPN formats.
What devices are supported?
HQ VPN is available on iPhone, iPad, and Mac, support for additional platforms coming soon.
I can't access a website. Help?
Try pausing HQ VPN. Contact us if you'd like to manage your own blocklist to permanently unblock sites you visit.
How many connections do I have?
You can have up to 5 connections.
Will I save on data?
Blocking ads and trackers often saves data. Some websites waste 30% or more downloading ads and trackers.
What are the risks of using a VPN?
You need to trust your VPN. Find out how you can trust HQ VPN.
What counts as “sketchy” WiFi?
Public or open WiFi, even with a password can be monitored.
How do VPNs work?
HQ VPN is a virtual private network (VPN). When you set up your iPhone, iPad, or Mac to connect to the internet through HQ VPN, all of your internet traffic is encrypted and routed through our servers where we block ads, trackers, and malware before it loads on your device.