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A VPN service (Virtual Private Network) is an essential tool to keep your online activity and information safe and private. There are a lot of advantages to getting a good VPN. It will help secure your information when using a public Wi-Fi network, access social media, and so much more. But there are hundreds of VPN services available, and it isn’t always easy to pick the right one. Here are some of the best!

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The best VPN services:


Surfshark VPN

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  • Jurisdiction: British Virgin Islands
  • Logs: No logs
  • Total simultaneous connections: Unlimited
  • Encryption: AES-256, OpenVPN, IKEv2
  • Servers: 1700+ in 63 countries
  • P2P: Yes (all servers)
  • Streaming: Yes
  • Price: $1.99 — $11.95

Surfshark hasn’t been around for that long, but the VPN service provider has been making waves since its launch. In a lot of ways, Surfshark brings together some of the best features of competing VPNs to provide a complete package. To start with, it comes with a strict no-logging policy. Surfshark also utilizes the most secure encryption standards and VPN protocols.

It’s one of the most feature-packed VPN services you can get. This includes an ad-blocker and a Kill Switch that work really well. Multi-hop servers add another layer of security and a Camouflage Mode ensures that your Internet service provider can’t tell that you’re connected to a VPN. You should also not have too much trouble using Surfshark in restricted regions with its NoBorders Mode.

They have also quickly expanded the number of devices and platforms you can the VPN with. Surfshark has gone from only iOS and Android, to now supporting Windows, macOS, Linux, smart TVs, streaming devices, and gaming consoles. Browser extensions for Chrome and Firefox are available, and you can also directly set it up on a VPN router. What makes Surfshark stand out from the crowd though is the fact that it allows unlimited simultaneous connections.

Unfortunately, not everything is perfect. I’ve had a few issues when trying to connect to a server. This is generally quick for the most part. There have been instances where it takes a long time to connect or requires multiple attempts. The speeds are quite fast, but fluctuates quite a bit. I also couldn’t download the Android app from the Google Play Store in India and had to install it using the apk that is available on the Surfshark website.

Surfshark comes with one of the highest monthly rates for a VPN service at $11.95. It quickly becomes one of the cheapest though, priced at $5.99 per month ($71.88 charged yearly) and just $1.99 per month ($47.76 charged every 24 months). Its long-term plan is an absolute no brainer, and you can take advantage of a 30-day money-back guarantee.


ExpressVPN

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  • Jurisdiction: British Virgin Islands
  • Logs: No logs
  • Total simultaneous connections: 5
  • Encryption: AES-256, OpenVPN, LT2P/IPSec, PPTP
  • Servers: 3000+ in 94 countries
  • P2P: Yes (all servers)
  • Streaming: Yes
  • Price: $8.32 — $12.95

ExpressVPN is considered one of the best VPNs around with good reason. To steal a term from smartphone reviewers, this is my VPN “daily driver,” and the one I’ve been using for a very long time.

It offers everything you would expect from a great VPN. It’s based in a country that doesn’t have mandatory data-retention laws, and a zero-logging policy should help ease any concerns even more. You get access to a truly impressive number of servers in cities around the world. It also comes with all the essential security features like a kill switch, called Network Lock, DNS leak protection, and more.

Apps are available for all major platform desktop and mobile platforms, and helpful guides can be found to set up ExpressVPN on routers, gaming consoles, media streaming devices, and more. The apps are also very simple, easy to use, and look the same across devices, so there’s no learning curve here.

ExpressVPN has always been a personal favorite because of its fast and stable connection speeds. While other VPNs have caught up in terms of speed, the connection stability remains noteworthy. ExpressVPN is more expensive than other providers, and that’s where its biggest drawback is.

You pay for easy-to-use apps, servers found across the globe, and great connection speeds. It not only gets the basics right, but does them incredibly well. However, it lacks a slew of extras you now find with other services. From ad-blockers to malware checkers to multi-hop servers and more, some VPNs have a lot more to offer at cheaper price points.

ExpressVPN starts at $8.32 per month ($99.95 billed annually), and goes up to a standalone monthly rate of $12.95. It’s definitely still one of the best VPNs you can get. But its pricey, and if extra features are what you’re after, you’ll have to look elsewhere.


NordVPN

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  • Jurisdiction: Panama
  • Logs: No logs
  • Total simultaneous connections: 6
  • Encryption: AES-256, OpenVPN, IKEv2/IPSec
  • Servers: Around 5500 in 59 countries
  • P2P: Yes (dedicated servers)
  • Streaming: Yes
  • Price: $3.49 — $11.95

NordVPN is all about providing as many security features as it possibly can. The company is based in Panama and your online activity stays completely private since it doesn’t keep any activity or connection logs. Nord also utilizes the best encryption protocols and you don’t have to worry about IP and DNS leaks either.

Beyond that, you can take advantage of specialty servers for P2P and Anti-DDoS. For even more security, you have the option to enable Double VPN that runs everything through two servers. Apart from a network kill switch, NordVPN also comes with an App Kill Switch that lets you set certain apps to automatically close if the VPN connection drops.

The apps also recognize if you are in a restricted location and load obfuscated servers. Finally, its CyberSec feature blocks ads and protects your device from malware as well. Despite the heavy security features, NordVPN manages to offer good speeds and low latency.

It’s also one of the few VPN services to offer both a free 7-day trial and a 30-day money-back guarantee. NordVPN is also quite affordable, with multiple long-term plans with increasing discounts. If you’re ready to commit long-term, you can get NordVPN for as low $3.49 per month ($125.64 billed every 3 years). That goes up to $4.99 per month for the 2-year plan, $6.99 per month for the annual subscription, and $11.95 for a single month.

However, it would be remiss of us to not mention the breach that NordVPN suffered a couple of years ago and disclosed only after being called out for a lack of transparency. No user activity was leaked, but the breach of trust because of a failure to publicly disclose any information is the biggest issue NordVPN is fighting back from now.

They have since conducted multiple audits, raised its data server standards, and put a few other things in place to continue to provide a secure and private service. So it’s definitely worth considering. At least in terms of features, NordVPN is one of the best VPN services you can get.


ProtonVPN

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  • Jurisdiction: Switzerland
  • Logs: No logs
  • Total simultaneous connections: Unlimited
  • Encryption: AES-256, OpenVPN, IKEv2/IPSec
  • Servers: 800+ in 50 countries
  • P2P: Yes (dedicated servers)
  • Streaming: Yes
  • Price: $0 — $25

If you trust the folks behind ProtonMail, one of the most secure email services you can use, and were hoping that they could help protect all your online activity, you’re in luck. Launched back in 2017, ProtonVPN has quickly become a favorite for many users. There are a lot of reasons to like this excellent VPN service.

Unsurprisingly, it uses the highest encryption standards and VPN protocols. ProtonVPN also runs its entire network on dedicated servers and doesn’t depend on virtual servers. It falls behind on the server and location count compared to some of the other options on the list. However, the list of countries is spread across the globe, so you shouldn’t have any issues finding a server close to you to enjoy the fastest speeds. The company is also adding servers and locations all the time.

It comes with a network kill switch, a split tunneling option, and a double-hop feature called Secure Core. Switzerland is also a great location for VPN services to based out of, since the country has strong privacy laws and isn’t a part of the 5, 9, or 14-eyes alliances. Of course, ProtonVPN also doesn’t collect any activity or connection logs.

I usually don’t recommend free VPN services, but if you have to use one for basic needs, ProtonVPN is a fantastic option. Features and capabilities are quite limited though. With the free version, you will only have access to servers in three countries. Only one connection will be allowed, and you won’t be able to use it for P2P or secure streaming. What isn’t limited though are the key security features.

If you want to get more features, you’ll have to opt for one of three subscription tiers. The Basic level gets access to all countries, two simultaneous connections, and access to P2P-friendly servers. The Plus level is what would be comparable to everything you get with the other VPN services on this list. Complete access to all servers and security features are available at this level, with up to 5 simultaneous connections allowed. The final Visionary tier also adds the highest-level subscription to ProtonMail to the mix.

There are discounts available with long-term plans. Using the Plus tier as an example, ProtonVPN will set you back $10 per month (charged monthly), $8 per month ($96 charged annually), or $6.63 per month ($159 charged every two years). It certainly falls at the higher end of the price spectrum. That said, the Basic level costs just half of this. The Visionary tier, on the other stand, starts at around $20 per month for the 2-year plan.


These are just a handful of some of the best VPN services you can get!

Now that you have an idea of the kind of VPN services out there, be sure to check out our guide on how to use a VPN and the best VPN apps. Don’t forget to check out our comprehensive reviews of IPVanish, PureVPN, SaferVPN, ExpressVPN, and NordVPN.

Stay tuned for many more detailed VPN reviews coming soon, and if there’s a particular service you’d like us to check out, let us know in the comments section below.

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