What are the best VPN services available?

Downloading a VPN will help you use the internet securely and get around blocked websites. Basically, it will make you more anonymous online. So whatever you're intending to use VPN for like James spina. We'll help you find the best VPN services. 

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    #1PureVPN

    PureVPN

    PureVPN is a VPN service offering a 30-day refund policy. It has more than 2,000 servers available and 180 locations. Moreover, it is the first VPN service to fully implement the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation).

    Software

    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS

    Free- Varies by plan

    Antonio Solano
    Written on July 22, 2019
    "The best thing about PureVPn is that it both has Kodi and Chromebook solution. Not just that it has apps and setup guides for everything making it easier to use. And yeah loads of features for a good value for your money. "
  2. 22

    #2ExpressVPN

    ExpressVPN

    ExpressVPN is a virtual private network (VPN) service providing 100% security with a substantial network of fast VPN servers across more than 94 countries. It also offers a 30-day money-back guarantee. 

    Software

    Windows, Mac, iOS, Android

    Free- Varies by plan

    Raquel de los Santos
    Written on January 8, 2017
    "ExpressVPN offers a great VPN at an affordable price. There are three price points to choose from, 1 month, 6 months, or 12 months. And the best part is there is a 30 Day Money Back Guarantee!"
  3. 16

    #3NordVPN

    NordVPN

    NordVPN is an ultra-secure personal VPN (virtual private network) service provider with more than 5,400 servers in over 60 countries. It also allows six simultaneous connections through their network. 

    Software

    Windows, Mac, iOS, Android

    Varies by plan

    Christian Wallace
    Written on July 22, 2019
    "I have used a lot of VPN and so far NordVPN is the top-performing that i have used. What i like about this is that i can use this VPN service simultaneously in 6 different devices. Not just that it has a reasonable one-year subscription. "

WHAT'S THE MEANING

A VPN, or a virtual private network for short, is a software that extends a private network across a public network. This enables users to receive and send data throughout shared networks. This method essentially secures a user's connection and allows access to region-locked content. Additionally, it also shields browsing activity and IP locations, protecting a user's privacy in the process.

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that PPTP is considered to be the first VPN protocol? Developed by a Microsoft software engineer named Gurdeep Singh-Pall, it became the foundation for modern VPNs. The specification for this protocol had been published way back in 1999, developed by Microsoft. Despite the advantages, it has been banned in some countries due to its nature. Because of a VPN's ability to "move a user's country", citizens will be able to access censored sites. In some countries, this is considered a national threat due to differing opinions.

The rise of online criminals and "doxxing" has made users wary of their online identity. As such, the popularity and number of VPNs have increased. Nowadays, these types of software can be used for gaming, surfing, and even chatting. Some developers have offered both free and premium VPN services, and the choice depends on a user's preferences.

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    #4SpyOff VPN

    SpyOff VPN

    SpyOff VPN is a high-speed VPN service provider which enables its users to be anonymous and uncensored online with full bandwidth without any limitations. Moreover, it allows multiple logins on several devices. 

    Software

    Web, iOS, Android

    Varies by plan

    Patrick Alvarado
    Written on October 31, 2018
    "What I like about this service is that it keeps my desktop secure and safe from hackers without slowing it down."
  2. 9

    #5Private Internet Access

    Private Internet Access

    Private Internet Access is a high-speed anonymous VPN service with more than 3,252 servers in 37 countries which will help you to become anonymous online and unblock websites in your country. 

    Software

    Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Chrome, Firefox

    Varies by plan

    Cat Zhang
    Written on January 3, 2019
    "I always browse the web. Even using my accounts for transactions so having this on my browser as a VPN really makes me feel secure"
  3. 8

    #6Hide.me

    Hide.me

    Hide.me is a VPN service provider which allows you to surf the web anonymously. Unlike some of its competitors, it offers a free plan without restrictions that includes 2GB data transfer per month.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free- 5.41

    Betty Hansen
    Written on June 1, 2017
    "This service is great, especially in times like now when security breach is on the rise. My friend tried it as they offered a 14 day trial period and was very satisfied with the service and decided to continue with it. It is great for streaming services as you don't have to worry about privacy breach. "
  4. 8

    #7TorGuard

    TorGuard
    TorGuard is a VPN designed for torrent users. It offers a vast selection of servers, all mainstream protocol support, unlimited bandwidth and 24/7 customer support.
    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $5.95- Varies by plan

    Emily Hansen
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "Using a VPN can be complicated, but TorGuard is one of the most user-friendly VPNs currently available today. The unlimited bandwidth means you don't have to worry about using up too much data, which is especially useful for people that use torrents. I have never run into any problems, but if you do the always available customer support help is a very useful tool. This is a great option for anyone (like me) unfamiliar with VPNs who just wants a simple torrent-friendly VPN that doesn't require much tech knowledge. It sets up with minutes and you can use it right away!"
  5. 8

    #8AirVPN

    AirVPN

    AirVPN is a fast and secure virtual private network (VPN) service based on OpenVPN and operated by activists and hacktivists in defense of net neutrality, privacy and against censorship. 

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $8.3- per month

    Joe Perry
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "I used AirVPN when I surf the internet. I enjoyed this service because it helps to encrypt my IP address and keep me anonymous."
  6. 7

    #9VPNArea

    VPNArea

    VPNArea is a fast and secure virtual private network provider which will protect your data and privacy when browsing the internet. This offers a 30-day money-back guarantee and can unlock a number of popular streaming sites. 

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $9.9- Varies by plan

    Jeffrey Berry
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "VPNArea is a life saving program. It helps with privacy and is priced very reasonable."
  7. 7

    #10Hotspot Shield

    Hotspot Shield

    Hotspot Shield is a public virtual private network (VPN) service provider which protects your identity by hiding your IP address from prying eyes. This VPN is suitable for streaming, browsing, gaming and file sharing. 

    Software

    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS

    Free- Varies by plan

    Zheng Hao
    Written on July 22, 2019
    "The best thing about Hotspot Shield is that I am able to stream Netflix although only for the content in Canada (that's not a problem to me though). Aside from that I am really glad that i can still do some torrent downloading while i am using this service. "
  8. 6

    #11VyprVPN

    VyprVPN

    VyprVPN is is a VPN provider that operates 100% without third parties, offering exceptional online security to protect sensitive data. It allows you to access an unrestricted, free and open Internet.

    Software

    Android, Windows, Mac, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Sandra Cole
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "This app is only available for iOS devices. It is a somewhat famous VPN service, because there are a lot of people out there using Apple products. The most current update was released in September 2017. There are add-ons within the app that cost a good bundle of cash. There are warnings by users to not buy this and to never put your bank's information into the app. Another user complains about the instability of the product. Use at your own risk. "
  9. 6

    #12IPVanish

    IPVanish

    IPVanish is a VPN service based in the United States. It allows users to appear in one of more than 60 different countries. It also provides end-to-end network encryption.

    Software

    Windows, Mac, iOS, Android

    Varies by plan

    Kimberly Hudson
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "I have always been concerned with internet privacy. A few weeks ago I started looking into VPNs. I wanted to find the best VPN services available. While I was looking at different services I found out about IPVanish. IPVanish is a very easy to set up and use VPN service. Best of all IPVanish is compatible with Windows 7, 8, and 10."
  10. 6

    #13Cargo VPN

    Cargo VPN

    Cargo VPN allows you to browse the web privately. Plus, it has a built-in firewall that protects your computer from malware, spyware, and viruses. You'll be able to protect your personal information, sensitive data, and browsing history.

    Software

    Mac

    Free- With in-app purchases

    Ying Ding
    Written on January 3, 2018
    "Yeah, sure... The app claims to be free. Well, sure it is. Until you download it and nothing works until you pay for it."
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    #14Norton Secure VPN

    Norton Secure VPN

    Norton Secure VPN is an app and software that provides added security when browsing web. It lets the user browse anonymously, as well as blocking tracking ads and encrypting the user's data on the internet.

    Software

    Windows, Android, iOS, Mac

    $4.99- Varies by plan

    Lilia Valadez
    Written on July 22, 2019
    "For someone like me who just started using VPN i think this work pretty decent especially for newbies like me. This VPn has unblocked Netflix which enables me to watch some Netflix shows and movies not available in my country. Not just that, since i am a newbie i like that it has live chat support to help me out"
  12. 2

    #15TunnelBear

    TunnelBear

    TunnelBear is a really simple VPN to browse the web privately & securely. It allows you to unblock websites around the world with applications for Mac, PC, iOS, Android, Opera, and Chrome.

    Software

    Web, Android, Mac, Windows, iOS

    Varies by plan

    Larry Little
    Written on July 22, 2019
    "If you are looking for an affordable and user-friendly VPN provider that will enable you to have a sercure and anonymous use of the internet then you need to use TunnelBear. Aside from being inexpesive, this has good download speeds and kill switch. Moreover it also has advanced features and works with Netflix. "
  13. 1

    #16OVPN

    OVPN

    OVPN is a service which allows users to hide their online browsing traffic, remain anonymous, and prevent hackers from tracking their location. The service boasts a quick and simple installation as well as usage.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Varies by plan

    Dennis Franklin
    Written on July 22, 2019
    "IMHO, OVPN needs a few things to improve but overall i would recommend it. Why? Well, there is no DNS leaks and the speeds were great... i never encountered any breakdown. "
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    #17IdentityForce

    IdentityForce

    IdentityForce is a website and offers proactive identity, privacy, and credit protection for individuals, businesses, and government agencies. The service offers early warning systems, monitoring, and recovery features.

    Websites

    Varies by plan

    Andy Wen
    Written on July 22, 2019
    "Been using this VPN on my Mac. TBH i like having it just for the peace of mind whenever i am using the internet...you know better to be safe than sorry eh. Yeah this is quite expensive but i feel that paying for that is worth it. "
  15. 1

    #18Buffered VPN

    Buffered VPN

    Buffered VPN is a VPN service which redirects online traffic from anywhere around the world, as well as keeping the origin of the traffic hidden. This service protects your browsing sessions from ISPs and hackers and public Wi-fi channels.

    Software

    Windows, Mac, Android

    Varies by plan

    Janice Greene
    Written on July 8, 2019
    "This definitely has VPN services. I had to pay for it after my trial, but its well worth it if you want all your browsing to be private."
  16. 0

    #19ProtonVPN

    ProtonVPN

    ProtonVPN will disguise your IP address to strengthen your online security and privacy for free. It started out as a crowdfunded project when it first launched in 2014 and continues to be one to this today.

    Software

    Android, iOS, Windows, Linux

    Free- Varies by plan

    Jacqueline Morgan
    Written on July 22, 2019
    "Just started using ProtonVPN as my VPN. I am not really sure why i am writing here but the only thing i can say about this is that thanks to this i can finally watch Netflix. LMAO"
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    #20Speedify

    Speedify

    Speedify is a VPN software using Channel Bonding technology to provide reliable, secure and fast internet connection for live streaming, watching videos, browsing, gaming and more. It has plans for individuals, families, teams, and enterprises. 

    Software

    Mac, Windows, Android, iOS

    Free- Varies by plan

    Ken Wu
    Written on June 13, 2019
    "Been using Speedify for a while now and so far i am liking this VPN service. Yeah its monthly fee is quite high but come on you'll get what you paid for. Although i admit that the downside is that torrent-ing will be hard when u use this because a few servers are available for that activity. "

Summary

Best What are the best VPN services available
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1PureVPNSoftware 24 Free
2ExpressVPNSoftware 22 Free
3NordVPNSoftware 16 Free
4SpyOff VPNSoftware 15 Free
5Private Internet AccessSoftware 9 Free
6Hide.meSoftware 8 Free
7TorGuardSoftware 8 Paid
8AirVPNSoftware 8 Paid
9VPNAreaSoftware 7 Paid
10Hotspot ShieldSoftware 7 Free
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