More and more people are using a virtual private network (VPN) to improve their browsing experience, especially with identity theft spikes around the holidays. There are so many providers out there to choose from that you may not know where to start. To give you a hand, we’ve rounded up the best VPN deals ahead of Black Friday from many of the top providers.
If you’re wondering, a VPN encrypts your internet connection and allows you to route it through servers in different countries. It may sound suspicious, but it’s completely legal and means no one can access your data. Hackers can’t intercept your bank details, your ISP can’t monitor your activity, and so on. The new IP address you get in a different location means that your connection can’t be traced back to you either, so you’re both anonymous and secure.
See also: What is a VPN?
These features offer more possibilities too. For example, having an IP address in a different country lets you access geo-restricted content, like watching UK Netflix from Spain or US Hulu from Japan. Personally, my VPN is never switched off.
The quality of VPN providers varies wildly, so finding the right one is key. You want to look for fast speeds, many servers across the world, and so on. There are plenty of free VPNs out there, but most are below par on performance or offer a very limited amount of data use per month.
See also: Best VPNs: our top 4 recommendations
Featured deal 1: Get 15 months of Express VPN service for $99.95
ExpressVPN is on the pricier side, but you get what you pay for. That includes super-fast speeds, a huge network of over 3,000 global VPN servers, a no-logging policy, and so much more. It’s our outright favorite VPN service and it’s my provider of choice too. I use it all day, every day, and it’s never let me down.
ExpressVPN is $12.95 per month if you pay by the month, but if you commit to a 12-month contract then you can make huge savings right now for Black Friday. Not only do you get it for the equivalent of $6.67 per month, but you’ll also get three months extra for free. There’s a 30-day money-back guarantee if you’re not happy with the service.
Read more: ExpressVPN review
Featured deal 2: Save 68% and get three months of Nord VPN for free
NordVPN claims to be the world’s leading VPN, and it certainly has impressive credentials. It has a massive network of over 5,500 NordVPN servers in 59 countries, and you can even route through two servers for what it calls “Double VPN”. To be honest, this is probably a bit overkill — your data is incredibly secure on one encryption — but if security is your highest priority then it’s nice peace of mind.
Nord is $11.95 per month on a monthly basis, but the longer you commit, the more money you can save. There are deals on six-month and two-year plans. If you commit for two years, you’ll be paying the equivalent of just $3.71 per month for one of the best VPNs around, with three extra months free as an extra Black Friday treat.
Read more: NordVPN review
Other VPN deals
If neither of our top picks is just right for you, stick with us. There are plenty of other VPNs to choose from, and here are some of the best prices you can get:
- Get 67% off an annual plan from TunnelBear and pay $3.33 per month
- Save 83% and get three months free from Surfshark
- Take 76% off an IPVanish annual plan
- Sign up for three years of CyberGhost coverage for just $2.25 per month
- Get three years of Private Internet Access VPN for $79 ($2.19 per month)
- Ivacy VPN lifetime subscription for $39.99 (was $1,194)
- KeepSolid VPN Unlimited lifetime subscription for $19.97 (was $199.97)
Don’t just take the deals at face value, check out all of our reviews before you sign up: