Is a VPN safer than just using a secure website?

Episode 1311 (1:17:47)

Bruce from Billings, MT

Bruce wants to know if his friend's website should be using a VPN for secure web access. Leo says that he can, but the first thing web sites should be doing is running a secure site with https. Amazon uses an extended SSL certificate which has a green bar so that it's even more secure for eCommerce. Using a VPN like HotSpot VPN or Tunnel Bear can give him a secure and ecrypted tunnel to a server. That's not going to keep him safe from a website that has been compromised, though. But it will protect him if he's on an open Wi-Fi hotspot.