A VPN is essential for keeping your online browsing safe from prying eyes and maximizing your security. Whether you’re working remotely or you want to limit who sees your sensitive information, a VPN will strengthen your digital privacy by creating an encrypted connection between you and the sites you visit. Therefore, we have listed the top 10 VPN which may be useful for you:
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ExpressVPN tells us its network is powered by TrustedServer technology, which ExpressVPN built to ensure that there are never logs of users’ online activities. ExpressVPN has a strong track record in the privacy world, having experienced a server seizure by authorities, which proved their zero-log policy true at the time.
Number of IP addresses: 30,000
Number of servers: 3,000-plus in 160 locations
Number of simultaneous connections: 5
Country/jurisdiction: British Virgin Islands
Three months free with a 1-year plan (limited time offer)
While Surfshark’s network is smaller than some, the VPN service updates features and speed. Let’s start with the biggest win it offers unlimited device support. If you want to run your entire home or office on Surfshark’s VPN, you don’t have to worry about how many devices you have on or connected. It also offers antimalware, ad-blocking and tracker-blocking as part of its software.
Number of servers: 3,200-plus
Number of server locations: 65
Jurisdiction: British Virgin Islands
$2.49 a month (81% discount) for a two-year plan
NordVPN is one of the most recognized brands in the VPN field. It offers a generous simultaneous connection count, with six simultaneous connections through its network, where nearly all other providers offer five or fewer. NordVPN also offers a dedicated IP option for those looking for a different level of VPN connection. NordVPN offers a kill switch feature and the ability to VPN into Tor. We detected no privacy leaks during our tests.
Number of IP addresses: 5,000
Number of servers: 5,200-plus servers
Number of server locations: 62
$3.75 a month (68% discount) for a 2-year plan
When we speed-tested ProtonVPN, we saw an impressively small 9.6% speed loss compared to average speeds clocked without a VPN. ProtonVPN’s base speeds sent it blazing past most of our roster of tested services and into second place behind ExpressVPN. Proton’s ability to reach those speeds despite a relatively small fleet of 1,259 servers in 55 countries is even more impressive. Like ExpressVPN, Proton also costs more than most of the VPNs we’ve reviewed. Even so, ProtonVPN’s high-security standards and legacy of transparency may make this VPN option worth the price.
Number of servers: 1,259
30-day money-back guarantee
Plus Package: $8 per month ($96 charged yearly)
A big win for IPVanish is its fun, configurable interface, making it an ideal client for those interested in learning how to understand what a VPN does under the hood. Its multiplatform flexibility is also ideal for people focused on finding a Netflix-friendly VPN.
Number of IP addresses: 40,000-plus
Number of servers: 1,600-plus
Number of server locations: 75-plus
Number of simultaneous connections: Unlimited
$5.20 a month (57% discount) for a one-year plan
6. Hotspot Shield
Hotspot Shield VPN’s TLS-based Hydra Catapult protocol, US jurisdiction, 128-bit AES encryption support, and a large percentage of virtual servers might strip away our trust in its ability to provide more privacy protections than its competitors — but those are all key components to its ability to achieve the blazing speeds it delivered during its most recent speed tests.
Servers: 3,200-plus in 82 locations
Country/Jurisdiction: US (Five Eyes member)
Platforms: Windows, Android, MacOS, iOS, Linux, Amazon Fire TV ($40 at Amazon)
Price: $8 per month or $95.88 billed annually. Month-to-month plan at $13
7. Tunnel Bear
Tunnel Bear’s speeds are reasonable. We lost nearly 63% of internet speeds overall when we used it, which is about average for a VPN. TunnelBear’s speeds have steadily improved over the years as measured by other review and testing sites, though, and the US scores we recorded saw a speed loss of only 54%.
Average speed loss: 63%
Number of servers: 1,800 in 23 countries
Jurisdiction: Canada, with US parent company
Price: $3.33 per month, or $120, for a three-year plan
8. CyberGhost VPN
CyberGhost has increased its number of servers and is prepared to roll out new privacy tools, all while remaining one of the cheapest VPNs we’ve reviewed — at $2.25 per month for a three-year plan.
Number of servers: Over 6,800 worldwide in 89-plus countries
Number of server locations: 111
Jurisdiction: Romania, with UK parent company
Number of simultaneous connections: five
$2.25 a month for a three-year plan, or $3.49 a month for a two-year plan
9. Norton Secure VPN
NortonLifeLock, long known for excellence in security products, has a relatively limited offering in its VPN product. Norton Secure VPN does not support P2P or BitTorrent, and it does not support Linux, routers or set-top boxes. Its Netflix and streaming compatibility is somewhat limited. Even worse, during testing, we experienced privacy-compromising data leaks.
Number of countries: 29
Number of servers: 1,500 (1,200 virtual)
Number of server locations: 200 in 73 cities
$40 for the first 12 months
PureVPN does not log connection information. The company joined the “no log” movement in 2018, which was recently verified via a third-party audit by Althius IT (albeit one commissioned and paid for by PureVPN).
Number of servers: 6,500
Number of server locations: 180
Country/jurisdiction: Hong Kong
$10.95 a month, $3.33 a month for a 2-year plan