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The need for secure, anonymous connections to the Internet has increased considerably in the past few years, as more and more users come to realize the importance of not being seen and followed online.

We’ve compiled a list of what we consider to be the best Virtual Private Network service providers, grouped by premium, free, and torrent-friendly. We’ll be updating the list regularly, so leave your feedback in the comments for services we should add (or even remove).

Last updated: May 18th, 2016

These VPNs offer solutions that will mask your online presence to keep you safe. But remember, VPNs might not be as private as you think 5 Ways Your VPN Is Not as Private as You Think It Is 5 Ways Your VPN Is Not as Private as You Think It Is Your VPN is not as secure or private as you think it is. We explain why you and your browsing history might not be anonymous after all. Read More .

Premium VPNs

Intended for the heavy user, these professional VPN services offer the basic required privacy alongside a range of additional features, from increased encryption and mobile support to unlimited bandwidth and “zero records” keeping a log of what you’re browsing.

The following VPN services offer these features and others besides.

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NordVPN

NordVPN has numerous servers across the US, Europe, and Australia that are dedicated to ultra-fast streaming, Tor privacy, anti-DDOS, and more.

Most locations support the PPTP, L2TP, and OpenVPN protocols and all data is encrypted twice for tighter security. All of this is available for $8/month, though discounts are available for 6-month plans at $5/month and annual plans at $4/month.

VyprVPN

Cross platform device support is on offer from VyprVPN, along with a free trial and affordable monthly tariff ($14.99). With desktop and mobile apps, VyprVPN might prove particularly useful to you used in conjunction with OpenELEC/Kodi powered media centers.

Our review of VyprVPN VyprVPN: Minimal Logging, Cross Platform VPN for Everybody VyprVPN: Minimal Logging, Cross Platform VPN for Everybody VyprVPN is great a VPN service, with the unified desktop and mobile approach. coupled with the refreshingly honest and open approach to logging being the main reasons why you should choose VyprVPN. Read More tells you more.

HideMyAss Pro

128-bit encryption for just $11.52/month or $138.24/year isn’t a bad deal, although only two simultaneous connections are permitted with HideMyAss Pro. Support for Windows, OS X, iPhone and Android.

TunnelBear

For Android, iOS, Windows and Mac OS X, pricing is reasonable at $49.99/year, an annual charge that works out at $4.16/month. With unlimited tunnelling and a mobile-only plan, note that TunnelBear is offering 256-bit encryption.

As we discussed previously TunnelBear is a particularly good way to enjoy US-only web content Access US-Only Websites Internationally For Free With TunnelBear Access US-Only Websites Internationally For Free With TunnelBear If you’re living outside of the United States, here’s a familiar scenario for you. You’re reading your favorite tech blog, and suddenly see a post about the latest and greatest in web services. Maybe it’s... Read More , including video and audio. There’s also a $6.99/month option, if an annual subscription is out of your budget range.

Hotspot Shield Elite

Claiming to be “The World’s Most Trusted Privacy Solution”, Hotspot Shield’s Elite service is $29.95 a year with the ability to access VPN services on 5 devices, simultaneously, including Windows, Mac OS X, Android and iOS. However, beware that while numerous servers are available worldwide, none of them a specialist (e.g. games, torrents, streaming) and Hotspot Shield Elite offers fewer servers than competitors.

Torrent-Friendly VPNs

Useful for encryption, anonymity, and reliability when downloading and sharing on P2P networks, torrent-friendly VPNs are slightly more expensive than the premium options, offering as they do a specialized service for a narrow group of users.

SurfEasy

For just $6.49, SurfEasy Total gives monthly access to its VPN service with unlimited data and ad tracker blocking to users of Android, iOS, Mac OS X and Windows. A subscription gives you support for up to 5 devices, unlimited bandwidth and torrenting.

Our review of SurfEasy Total explains these features in more detail Protect Your Mobile Data and Network Usage With SurfEasy VPN [Giveaway] Protect Your Mobile Data and Network Usage With SurfEasy VPN [Giveaway] In the Google Play Store, you'll find a whole lot of VPN clients for Android devices, but few of them are as up-to-date and robust as SurfEasy. SurfEasy offers a 3-tier account structure: Free, Mobile... Read More .

Private Internet Access

Costing $6.95/month or $39.95/year (Bitcoin accepted), this secure VPN service offers P2P and VOIP support, as well as the ability to use 5 devices simultaneously and unlimited bandwidth!

A popular choice and recommended by PCMag.com, the fact that it provides VPN for torrenters makes Private Internet Access a particularly attractive choice.

Available for Windows and OS X, our evaluation of Private Internet Access revealed some good features Hotspot Shield: A Solid VPN That's Available Free Of Charge Hotspot Shield: A Solid VPN That's Available Free Of Charge Read More .

BTGuard

For $9.95 a month you can sign up to BTGuard, whose 10 GBit servers offer unlimited download speeds and anonymous P2P torrent traffic. BTGuard runs with Windows, OS X and Linux, and accepts Bitcoin.

What’s not to like?

Free VPNs

Not all VPNs are paid services. If you have only an occasional need to access the web or other online service via a VPN, then signing up with a free service makes sense, especially if you’re concerned about payment privacy and don’t have a Bitcoin wallet.

Hotspot Shield Free

The free service from Hotspot Shield is ad-supported, and offers good speeds. Available for Windows, OS X, iOS and Android, Wi-Fi and malware security are among its features, as is data compression for mobile devices.

As well as giving the paid version of Hotspot Shield our attention, we’ve also previously looked at Hotspot Shield Free, and Dave LeClair was particularly impressed with the free service Hotspot Shield: A Solid VPN That's Available Free Of Charge Hotspot Shield: A Solid VPN That's Available Free Of Charge Read More .

CyberGhost Free

Unlike the premium service, free access to CyberGhost is ad-supported and works only with Windows, Mac OS X and Android. Speed is capped.

TunnelBear Free

With a monthly allowance of 500 MB a month, TunnelBear’s free option is potentially limiting to your VPN requirements. However, you can get a bonus 1GB of data by taking part in the company’s Twitter promotion. Tunnelbear Free is compatible with Windows, OS X, iOS and Android.

OkayFreedom

Like TunnelBear’s free service, OkayFreedom caps your VPN allowance at 500 MB a month, which means you will need to use it sparingly in most cases, even with an extra 100 MB available per referral. This free service is ad-supported, but can be slow at times.

VPNs for Netflix

You may be reviewing this list to find a VPN solution that is going to work as a Netflix region blocking bypass. While Netflix has asserted that it will be blocking VPNs to prevent this from happening in the future, as of May 2016 various services are still waiting to be blocked.

This means they’re still useful, and our dedicated look at VPNs you can use with Netflix Which VPNs Still Work With Netflix? Which VPNs Still Work With Netflix? Netflix is trying to stop people accessing its service through VPNs, but a handful of VPNs are managing to stay one step ahead of the streaming giant. Read on to find out which ones... Read More lists them.

Our Top VPNs – What Are Yours?

We’ve compiled this list over the course or several years. This means two things: one, that we’re satisfied that the services we’ve included are worthy of their continued presence on the list, and two, that we might have missed a VPN service that you think should be included.

Use the comments section to let us know what you think should be added or removed.

  1. ryan
    September 29, 2016 at 6:17 am

    I received a nice 'Alleged Copyright Infringement' email from my provider the other day. I have been using utorrent for many years and never had any issues until now (decided to watch if X-men was as bad as the reviews). I've never had any pirating or redistribution notions but since the notice I've decided to start shopping for a VPN service. I noticed a lot of these are also apps and extensions for browsers. In my case would I need a full downloadable program or would a browser based app suffice?

  2. allandroidstuffs.com
    September 14, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    its really cool

  3. chris
    September 11, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    I'm using IPvanish atm, seems to work pretty well so far

  4. Angel
    September 1, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    I have used HMA Pro from VPNs mentioned in paid and Hotspot Sheild, Cyberghost, and Tunnelbear from those mentioned in Free VPN. Every VPN has its pros and cons, the best VPN service depends on the needs. Now I am using Ivacy VPN for more than a year, it is I think the best VPN service among the cheap VPNs.

  5. Jerry
    August 25, 2016 at 7:50 am

    I use VPN Unlimited by KeepSolid. I bought a lifetime subscription for about $40 US, and can install on Android, Windows, & Linux. Not sure about Mac and Ipads, don't have those. I can have it on 5 devices, and tech support is really helpful.

  6. NYC-HDL
    August 20, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    I tried TunnelBear (Free), and at first it seemed really good, THEN, after a week, I noticed that all of my Google URLs were redirected to Turkey, which broke my eMail connectivity, and caused all searches to display in the Turkish language... TunnelBear tech support responded that the problem was caused by Google. HOWEVER, when I turned TunnelBear OFF, all Google addresses worked OK, when I turned TunnelBear back ON, they reverted to Turkey.

    This happened even though I selected to default to a USA VPN server.

    Regrettably, TunnelBear could not satisfactorily explain how to fix this, so I moved on to BetterNet...

    • Christian Cawley
      August 31, 2016 at 8:44 am

      Thanks for tell us about this, NYC-HDL.

  7. andytaylor884
    July 12, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    i am gayboy,life to iran' needs proxy vpn

  8. Intouch wireless
    June 28, 2016 at 4:43 am

    Thanks ... Great information..

  9. Sky light
    June 15, 2016 at 6:24 am

    Im looking for a vpn with an option to specify what region you would prefer to use, is that evn possible?

    • Christian Cawley
      June 15, 2016 at 8:04 am

      Do you mean as a default? Most VPNs have a list of servers you can choose.

    • Cristina
      August 1, 2016 at 12:29 pm

      I know that ibvpn has a ios app where you can mark some servers as favourite and have them all the time on top of servers list.

  10. Indian Gift Guru
    June 4, 2016 at 6:46 am

    Nice article ....

  11. Phillip Banks
    May 21, 2016 at 3:54 am

    I am using Betternet Free) and it has been a pleasant surprise. There have been some small glitches, I had to restart the program because it was taking too long to connect and when I exited the program, it froze, but they were short and seem to be a one-time thing. I get good speed in downloading and it doesn't affect streaming. Also I have no problem accessing Hulu. I don't use Netflix.

    • Christian Cawley
      May 21, 2016 at 7:55 pm

      THanks for sharing your Betternet Free experience, Phillip!

  12. Albroon
    May 20, 2016 at 6:31 am

    I have been very happy with IPVanish. Works every time, and technical support knowledgable and fast

    • Christian Cawley
      May 20, 2016 at 8:18 pm

      Thanks, Albroon!

  13. kayman
    May 20, 2016 at 12:17 am

    BolehVPN >http://bolehvpn.net/< is most discreet, reliable and trustworthy.

    It is beyond me why 'makeuesof' don't include BolehVPN on their list of 'The Best VPN Services'!

    • Christian Cawley
      May 20, 2016 at 8:18 pm

      We'll check it out, thanks kayman

  14. l_mckeon
    May 19, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    For privacy concerns read the 2016 article on Torrentfreak's website regarding the locations and privacy policies of various VPNs ( I believe NordVPN which is promoted here comes out fairly well), and there's also the suitability of VPNs to avoid the geo-blocking policies of media streamers like Netflix. Makeuseof had an article on that recently, and I was surprised to see Hotspot Shield do well in that category, among others.

    • Christian Cawley
      May 20, 2016 at 8:19 pm

      We're looking at a similar sort of post outselves, as it happens.

  15. Shawn Rosvold
    May 19, 2016 at 10:47 pm

    I tried Froot VPN for about 8 months, hoping that the service would improve. It never did. They are extremely disorganized. I would get slow responses to my ticket from a couple of different people, with no help other than the stock responses. I tried leaving a message on their Facebook page, which got a faster response, but again, no help other than the usual responses. I finally told them that I wanted to close my account and that I wanted my money back. I was told that I had gone beyond their 30 day money back policy. I posted on Facebook saying that their service and support was awful. We went back and forth, the guy said there was no record of my previous complaints that he could find, made disparaging remarks about me and my promise to recommend people avoid Froot VPN. I told him to keep the money, that his response was illustrative of an obviously very big problem, and that I would happily continue to not recommend Froot VPN to anyone.

    • Christian Cawley
      May 20, 2016 at 8:19 pm

      Thanks for sharing your Froot story, Shawn.

  16. Kelsey Tidwell
    May 19, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    Christian, you might check into the affiliation of Opera browser with SurfEasy. As of (I believe) version 38 of the DEVELOPER version of Opera, SurfEasy access is included in Settings and free to use. I don't know what their plans are for moving that free access into their beta and regular channels, but I think it's also accessible now on Android Opera.

    At home on my network it's a simple On/Off selection. I noticed yesterday as I sit in a condo here on the Gulf Coast, it requires that I use a private window before it will activate, presumably because of the unsecure wifi here.

    • John Dowe
      May 20, 2016 at 11:23 am

      Opera official version now has SurfEasy and it works reasonably well for privacy, but it seems to be not enabled in incognito mode. Also, data limit is 500MB per month which is not much these days but better than nothing and not complaining given that it is for free. Most Opera reviews claim that there is no cap for the free VPN access and I could not find a way to make that happen....other than sign up for their service and pay. I'd consider it if there was a means to select the VPN server to connect to.

      • Kelsey Tidwell
        May 20, 2016 at 12:50 pm

        Hmmmmm I saw that limit on the Android version but haven't seen it in the desktop version. Have you actually tried it in the dev version? I remember that there were restrictions on the regular Opera that weren't on dev, hence the reason I moved to dev.

    • Christian Cawley
      May 20, 2016 at 8:20 pm

      Hi Kelsey. We avoided mention of Opera for the time being as there has been some question over its inclusion long-term. Once it's bedded in there, we'll be sure to give it an honorable mention.

      • Kelsey Tidwell
        May 20, 2016 at 9:03 pm

        Great! Can't ask for more than that. :)

  17. VPNer
    May 3, 2016 at 10:08 am

    OctaneVPN works for me. Fast, simple. Their client has some strange bug, where it re-reads the same BMP file time and again from the data disk, though.

    • Christian Cawley
      May 20, 2016 at 8:20 pm

      Thanks for sharing, VPNer!

  18. Nancy Stuart
    April 15, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    The annual account is available for $1.83 per month ($21.95 billed annually). Quite Cheap if you ask me.

  19. Wakka
    December 4, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    HideMyAss does no such thing, since they log all your traffic, so they do NOT take your privacy seriously ... stopped using their service, when I found out ...

  20. Leo
    December 2, 2015 at 7:05 am

    any opinions on Express VPN, or Been?

    • Christian Cawley
      December 2, 2015 at 10:32 am

      We'll be refreshing this list in the new year... look out for changes and opinions then!

    • Dude
      May 19, 2016 at 2:37 am

      I use express vpn

  21. sandrapiers90
    October 9, 2015 at 11:49 am

    I’ve been using Ivacy for a while for torrenting. Except for a few glitches which the support guys fixed straight away, the service works fine. Previously they were offering volume-based packages, now they are offering monthly, semi-annually and annual subscriptions which is a I think an improvement.

  22. Nancy Stuart
    September 12, 2015 at 8:18 am

    I was using Hola, but when I heard the news, I stopped using it immediately. The company was practically selling my bandwidth to God knows who! Now I’ve decided never to go for a free vpn... I’ve now started using Ivacy VPN and I must say it’s a good one.

    • Alex Hales
      April 15, 2016 at 1:58 pm

      How much does it cost you?

    • Christian Cawley
      May 20, 2016 at 8:21 pm

      Yeah, Hola was a disappointment. Bad story for all involved.

  23. Laura Gallorini
    August 24, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    I'm using Vpn One Click and it's fast!

  24. John Savana
    July 8, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    I'm happy to see NordVPN in first place.. this company is great!

    I found them on site http://www.topvpncanada.com and after checked their review, I decided to order their service and it work like a charm !

  25. Marian Belok
    June 29, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    I was using Private Internet Access for a few months but it was pointless because their servers are recognized by firewalls as VPN so you often are blacklisted in video services.
    While not bad overall I would avoid PIA.
    Much worse experience I had with TunnelBear. The thing simply didn't work and customer support was not helpful.
    I'm currently testing the free version of SecurityKISS. So far so good. Servers are really fast and no problems with the setup.

    • Christian Cawley
      June 30, 2015 at 7:30 pm

      Very useful feedback, Marian, thanks for sharing!

  26. FERNANDO
    May 19, 2015 at 5:47 am

    I USE SPOT FLUX ON MY IMAC OS 10.10.3 AND IT PROVIDES SERVICE TO THE WHOLE MACHINE NOT JUST THE BROWSER. I USE 3 BROWSERS AND THEY ARE ALL PROTECTED BY THIS VPN. IT IS CURRENTLY FREE FOR IMACS AND THEY ALSO HAVE THE PAID VERSION. THE LAPTOPS ARE FORCED TO BUY THE SERVICE ACCORDING TO MY LIMITED INFO. IT IS BASED TO A SERVER STATESIDE WHICH MIGHT INDICATE THE ISP MAY BE MO
    NITORING MY USE.?

    • Kelsey Tidwell
      May 19, 2016 at 1:40 pm

      Please stop screaming at me.

  27. D L
    May 19, 2015 at 2:51 am

    I too have used ExpressVPN - very surprised not to see it on this list, when many consider it to be one of the VPN heavyweights.

    • Christian Cawley
      May 20, 2016 at 8:22 pm

      I think we dropped it some time back as an option after a bad experience on the team. A reviewer can, of course, only really draw on their own experiences as authentic.

      If they've improved, this may change.

  28. Ann
    May 14, 2015 at 9:45 am

    Thank you!
    I would like to add torrent friendly vpn: http://torrent-vpn.com/
    Also a good vpn solution for Middle East:
    http://sahrzad.net

  29. Arab
    May 12, 2015 at 8:11 am

    Saudi CIA blocked all the websites, thank you for supporting and distributing more VPN sites

  30. Lee Martin
    May 10, 2015 at 5:08 am

    I don't see my fave VPN (Easy-Hide-IP) listed here. I have tried Nord VPN and you really need to know a lot about VPNs and your computer to use it. I have used Tunnel Bear but their New York, N.Y. IP Address is recognized by Amazon as a VPN. So, No Amazon Prime movies for me. I contacted Tunnel Bear customer service, but, they don't seem to understand the problem with their IP address being known by Amazon as a VPN.
    Back to Easy-Hide-IP for me.

  31. Asher
    May 8, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    Some time ago u recommended VPNUnlimited. Now it's not even on the list. Any particular reason why? Thanks

    • Christian Cawley
      May 8, 2015 at 6:09 pm

      Hi Asher: this is a curated list, put together by me based on my own experiences, reviews and feedback on the previous list. VPN Unlimited will have been removed from the list either to keep the list trim, as a result of bad feedback, or both.

  32. Seewabee
    May 8, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    I didn't see any mention here of IP Vanish. Does anyone have knowledge of that product. Good or bad?

  33. Gleb
    May 8, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    You are constantly reviewing the same VPN providers, but does it mean that all other providers are not so good? Have you tested them? I'm asking because I use http://zenvpn.net for almost a year now and I was completely satisfied with it all this time. But maybe I'm missing something, so should I consider to move to some other provider from this list? I'm curious about your point of view as an expert. Thank you in advance

  34. Hendel
    May 8, 2015 at 6:20 am

    Glad to see NordVPN on the list. Quite happy with their service. For privacy they seem like the best option with no log policy, neat feature Tor over VPN and most importantly based outside of 5Eyes.

  35. Ashley
    May 8, 2015 at 4:16 am

    Cloak is terrific for OSX and IOS. I highly recommend it.

  36. jb
    May 8, 2015 at 1:01 am

    I use Express VPN can be used worldwide.

  37. Oldgit9
    May 7, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    With so many devises in my household that connect to the Internet, it can become costly to get a VPN that can only cover only a few at a time.

    Can anyone recomend a VPN service that I can install on my router. So that it can secure any device that connects to it.

  38. anelly
    May 7, 2015 at 11:53 am

    you should have add ibVPN to the list...

  39. John
    April 22, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    Not positive but would wager Businesses cooperating with Government is not limited to the USA, nor is spying/listening/snooping. Not all personal information is legally protected. Internal policy directs distribution. Businesses require licenses to operate, issued by Government, there are many terms and conditions that apply to these licenses. Receiving a verbal request from a person in authority is an official request, a legal demand/order so to speak resulting in legal action for failure to comply. Release of personal including legally protected information is done all day long, everywhere and without a Court Order, not agreeing with it just saying. Internet terms and conditions that we agree to when we sign up on some online site, in some cases we waive our right to privacy. Inside social engineering is alive and well used, family, friends, coworkers provide volume of information most of which is provided “free” some not. Recently canceled my VPN service, lucky the Poker and Movies sites I use are now web base, so the TOR Network does what by VPN use to do for free, works nicely with 100mbps fibre connection. Mr. Whoever you are; am deaf in one ear, no need to shout I see great.
    Regards

  40. John
    March 20, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    Any Business in any Country will handover whatever is required when they are ordered to do so by the Courts of their land refusing to do so will land them in jail. A VPN provider may not keep logs as many advertise but they keep payment records. Nothing to hide nothing to fear - it is some VPN users that use VPN's for things more serious than watching Movies, Playing Poker. People committing Crimes do not should not have the right to keep them private. When my VPN drops (it has) or they take a server down for maintenance with users on it and they do your IP is exposed and assume after a few years my Government if they know are not overly concerned with my VPN offshore poker and movies.

    • stevy
      April 22, 2015 at 1:19 pm

      Your comment: "Any Business in any Country will handover whatever is required when they are ordered to do so by the Courts of their land refusing to do so will land them in jail." I agree with you John or whoever you are. Nonetheless and to best of my knowledge ONLY in the U.S., business companies have willingly provided all sorts of
      info without BEING OFFICIALLY ASKED TO DO SO ! ! Last but not least, they "FORGOT" (so to speak) to act in accordance to US FEDERAL LAWS and handed info
      DIRECTLY to domestic Intelligence agencies!
      Regards

    • Godel
      May 7, 2015 at 11:08 pm

      In many countrys the local government will refuse to comply with attempts to DOX their VPN users. For example NordVPN is headquartered in Panama. Good luck getting some information out of them.

      In Switzerland as opposed to the US, anyone seeking information will have to go to the courts with probable cause for a proper court order, not just present secret threats from the FBI. Don't trust any VPN headquartered in the US or one of the five eyes nations. I suggest visiting the torrent freak web site and search for anonymous and VPN and read the article that comes up.

  41. Johannes
    March 2, 2015 at 11:45 pm

    Actually I won't recommend HMA. They already handed user data over to the FBI. Just google it. Also I won't recommend services located in the US. Since they have things like FISA court gag orders the US isn't safe anymore.
    I am using YourPrivateVPN (http://www.yourprivatevpn.com) now. They are a Brazilian company and exist for more than 5 years. Maybe a little bit smaller than the vpn providers already mentioned, but its worth the look.

  42. tauseef
    February 25, 2015 at 5:35 am

    These all providers are really good i am using most of the providers and that works cool. If anyone want to find more providers so go for vpnranks.com where they can find all these providers details with complete package details.

  43. Stevy
    February 21, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    What about anonymizer.com? Has anyone info about this VPN company ?
    Have a good day !
    Stevy

    • John
      March 20, 2015 at 3:22 pm

      anonymizer.com may be one of the oldest VPN providers. Provides USA servers only but fast, secure and dependable. They have a 14 day trial period.

  44. johncena
    February 15, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    I am using paid cyberghostvpn ,its very fast and secure. Securitykiss.com is providing free service. You can also use softether vpn client,it is free but less secure.

    • Christian Cawley
      February 20, 2015 at 9:35 am

      Thanks for these suggestions, johncena

  45. Michael
    February 12, 2015 at 8:43 am

    In our company we chose ICanVPN after some testing. Their servers are located in most of the countries and the connection speed is relatively good being compared to another providers (we had tested) with the similar price range.

  46. john
    February 8, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    StrongVPN, fast, secure, large number of servers they, supports most if not all VPN protocols, do not overload their servers. You can configure your openvpn config file from your account on their Web site where they supply different preset configurations for the end user some includes built in defaults, alternate proto/port, Speed, Ultra Secure, TCP/UDP ports 443/500 after making your choice the file is prepared then you download and use it. Great Live Chat, Remote and email support. This is my third year with StrongVPN and am happy camper as some say.

  47. john
    February 4, 2015 at 4:42 am

    the TOR network - you disappear

  48. vpn2user
    January 29, 2015 at 10:00 am

    VPN from hideman (http://hmn.me/4Fgw ) is easy to setup and use. Most important it has anti-DPI (Deep Package Inspection) which makes it usable even in China.

  49. Peter Horsfield
    January 27, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    I've used Express VPN for over a year now and although it drops out if you are not browsing after a time, it's pretty efficient inits worldwide connectivity. I'd certainly recommend it - I tried it because you recommended it sometime ago

  50. Yochanon
    January 27, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    NordVPN. Works beautifully on Linux and fine on Winblows (just a lot slower to 'connect'). A decent number of servers and getting more all the time.

    • john
      February 9, 2015 at 1:26 am

      PureVPN currently does port 53/80 tcp/udp but not 443, 500, etc. There are some view on the net that support higher port usage for better openvpn.

  51. Feruss
    January 16, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    Where is PureVPN in the list ??
    I am using it since past 6-8 months. It will keep you safe and secure. You can unblock all the restricted content and stream videos after connecting to PureVPN. So many server options to select with. Netflix working perfect ... surprised you guys haven't included it in the list :/

    • Christian Cawley
      January 19, 2015 at 1:30 pm

      PureVPN is a strong contender to be added in the next update of this post in a few months' time.

    • Ralph Cramden
      December 4, 2015 at 2:45 pm

      PureVPN sucks!! No matter what I did, I couldn't get it to work on my Linux system. I tried for almost three hours straight and that includes 'chatting' with them and having them tell me everything I'd already done.

      Then when I asked for my $50 back, they're giving me the run-around and telling me to give them time to figure out what's wrong...time that they're using to say the seven day refund period is up!

      Even worse, they automatically set you up to automatically keep paying them - without asking you if you want to do that!

      Also, today I just went back to lodge *another* complaint to simply give me my refund, my user name and password no longer work and I'm locked out of the website.

      I didn't see that this company is based in China until I had already made the paypal payment. Paypal is going to try to help, but they can't force these assholes to give me my money back, unfortunately.

      My advice - stay as far away from PureVPN as you possibly can, and if you still feel you want to use them, pay with a credit card that will be able to get you your money back quickly and be able to tell PureVPN to FOAD.

      • Ralph Cramden
        December 23, 2015 at 4:50 pm

        UPDATE: It took a *week and a half* for PureVPN to finally give me my money back. Every day I kept telling them I didn't want to try to fix whatever was wrong and why it wasn't working on my system, but every day they would e-mail me and tell me they're looking into getting me a refund but I should let them try to fix the problem first. *Every* day for a week and a half this went on. The same thing from them over and over and over!

        Finally I got Paypal involved and even then it still took three more days of the same e-mails from PureVPN and me telling them in not very nice ways anymore that I simply wanted my money back.

        You'd be a fool to go with this company. They're based in China and China has already been found to be putting backdoors in routers made there etc. If PureVPN had been any less ethical than their pathetic show of it they have now, they could have kept my money and I would have had nothing I could have done about it. Can't go over to China and kick some idiots butt, unfortunately, so you'd be out that money.

  52. Paul
    January 14, 2015 at 4:51 am

    Help me understand... These are solutions for a specific computers' access to the Internet, yes?
    What do I use if I want a VPN at my router level so any traffic through my WiFi (such as my Wii) goes through a vpn?

    • Ralph Cramden
      December 23, 2015 at 4:54 pm

      Then you find a VPN service that has a setup for your router. Many of them do. Even better, if you have a router that's supported by DD-WRT, flash your router with that and then put the VPN info in your newly flashed router and you can have 60 computers go through your router, all being protected by your VPN. That way you aren't breaking the VPN services rules by trying to use more than the one or two 'allowed' devices to go out through the VPN.

      http://www.dd-wrt.com

  53. gerant007
    December 31, 2014 at 8:26 am

    openvpn is the best free vpn service

  54. oPh1xy
    December 18, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Thank you for compling this list. awesome site, and great informative topic, one of which is always top of mind for me. I learned a good deal from the article and the kind folks who shared their uses. I was (and have been in other - though not as thorough, and well-written) surprised not to see more about (if anything about AirVPN) - thought as the previous poster as of this writing, notes it. I have been using it for years too. I needed absolute security, and legitimately based. Written by hackers in Spain after a conference, I feel comfortable using their services. Legally, they stand up, and anonymity are valued. They have solid legal backing pretty bullet proof from what I understand. I do feel that this is an excellent service and have never had any issues with it and in fact, feel it is just another excellent layer of steps to protect my right to privacy. Not that I need to hide anything -- well, everyone says that :) - I do feel that these guys know what they are doing. Service is excellent, and I certainly don't mind paying for it - great service. I like that I can - go anywhere in the world and pick and choose various servers. They don't keep log files, and what they do and how they do it is legit. They also have been recognized as the previous poster state been around for a few years indeed, and that is something that further is something, if I were newer to this to consider. Free VPN, I'm not knocking it - it is good, and I will check these other players out. This was a top contender for privacy in a security/'hacking' in a very 'paranoid' legit review of privacy/security services including VPN. SpiderOak was in that review, a while back as well for cloud based storage, which also is encrypted, and pretty damn secure- they don't know who I am ok with that. Better not lose your pw through, they won't help you - seriously.SImilarly to your discretion to a large degree is true with AirVPN, your privacy is valued at least I feel so, you can be as transparent as you wish or obscure as you wish. Thanks for a stimulating and informative article folks and author!!!! Great one to research for sure!

  55. Stephan Huebner
    December 11, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    I've been using AirVPN for years. It has great speed, lots of servers, seems to be very secure and, with paid accounts, the possibility to use three devices simultaneously.

  56. Eric
    December 9, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    shade vpn good spped for torrent but limited servers .

  57. ahmad
    December 5, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    i use HideMyAss vpn software, it's good software and i read review from this site

    http://www.hideipsoftwares.com/hide-my-ass-review

  58. Anon
    December 5, 2014 at 6:48 am

    Give VpnGate (Softether VPN) a try. I am using it since it was released by a university in Japan for public use. Clearly the best one. Free and Fast.

  59. Sajid
    December 5, 2014 at 6:47 am

    Well I mostly use Zenmate Chrome extension if I need to unblock site or streaming normally its free and fast. I have used IPVanish VPN and its really great. IPVanish offer fast speed, data encryption, protocols, features, multiple IPs, gaming support etc. If you guys need suggestion and recommendation for best VPN you can visit bestvpnservice.com for premium VPN provider reviews and discount details.

    • Justin
      December 10, 2014 at 7:53 am

      Thanks I visited bestvpnservice.com and found great detail about free and premium VPN serive.

  60. Richard
    December 5, 2014 at 3:18 am

    I have sued 3 of the VPNs listed above. All were sufficient but I still prefer Witopia. I use it daily. I was disappointed to see that Witopia was not on your list.

  61. DonGateley
    December 4, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    I found that the app provided with Private Internet Access brings my big, honking Core I7 machine to its knees. It performs fine as a standard Windows VPN service but I don't think you get as tight a cryptographic wrap, such as hiding torrents, that way.

  62. DonGateley
    December 4, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    I've asked TunnelBear several times about their logging and record keeping and I've never received an answer. To other question, yes, but not that one. Are you sure they keep no records?

    • Mike Merritt
      April 22, 2015 at 4:04 pm

      TunnelBear.com - under "Help" -> "Getting Started" -> "Privacy" says:
      We keep absolutely no logs which can identify your location or activities. TunnelBear only stores the very basic information we need to operate our service.
      More details at: https://www.tunnelbear.com/privacy-policy/
      Of course, they also say: You aren’t allowed to do illegal stuff with TunnelBear
      ... Enjoy ...

  63. AndrewM
    December 4, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    I use VPN Unlimited. Cheap and reliable. Available for iOS, Android, Mac, Windows and even Linux.

  64. MortySnerd
    December 4, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Ask if they keep logs and accept bitcoin. If they keep logs, don't use them. HideMyAss keeps logs.

    • monirul
      April 14, 2015 at 12:42 pm

      can't remove my short cut file

  65. Bob
    December 4, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    I've been using PIA for awhile. The only problem I have had with it is on torrents being uploaded. I like to keep up on what's popular in the UK and I've been pinged by my ISP a couple times for having (unknown to me) files in the uploading torrent that are flagged by a takedown filter. Coming down has had no issues. I suspect that the problem lies with the seed torrent going out to other people, but I don't understand how the file is traced back to me if it is going through the VPN.

    • Drew
      May 7, 2015 at 9:33 pm

      Whoa, that's concerning! Agreed, don't understand how they can see your files if you're inside the VPN tunnel. Could DNS leaks in the VPN be causing this?

    • Ralph Cramden
      December 23, 2015 at 4:59 pm

      Your VPN is letting you have a huge DNS leak.

      Go here to test it out ipleak.net

  66. Harry
    December 4, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    VPN Unlimited.

    • steve
      March 30, 2015 at 11:51 am

      VPN Unlimited keep logs!

    • Harry
      March 30, 2015 at 12:01 pm

      From Terms and Conditions : "We log only access attempts to our servers (for security and troubleshooting), user session durations and the bandwidth used (for purposes of providing detailed information intended solely for each concrete user) and user clicks made to our software (to track popularity and assist in application and service improvements)".

    • Drew
      May 7, 2015 at 9:30 pm

      So in other words.... they keep logs. If they're tracking server access, they could be tracking IP's, connection times, bandwidth utilization, etc. And a log is subpoena-able in most jurisdictions. If that matters to you and you want a zero-log provider, VPN Unlimited is not the right choice for you. If you simply don't care (eg Harry), then VPN Unlimited would be just fine.

    • Harry
      May 9, 2015 at 11:31 am

      Using a VPN service that *might* keep logs is more secure than using an ISP who is *surely* keeping logs.

  67. Gleb
    December 4, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Tested many services and stayed on zenVPN, many locations, fast enough, torrent friendly and no logs - it's everything I need.

  68. Mike Owens
    December 4, 2014 at 9:37 am

    FrootVPN is brilliant! I highly recommend it!

  69. Packet life
    December 4, 2014 at 8:26 am

    AIRVPN. Fast servers in many countries. Doesn't keep log. Very reliable. Great service.

  70. Ed
    December 4, 2014 at 4:18 am

    Yes. Private Internet Access is fast and reliable. Been using it for a year, and am happy with it.

    • Elizabeth Maddock
      December 4, 2014 at 7:48 am

      I'm a tunnelbear fan, (Grizzly). You can switch among several countries!

    • same as before
      December 4, 2014 at 7:53 am

      I didn't realise my name would be displayed, some people who I block from finding my location - will now know about it, can you delete my name?

    • Ed
      January 27, 2015 at 1:04 am

      Yes I lke it too!

  71. Spanky
    December 4, 2014 at 1:45 am

    I've been quite happy with Cloak, though I would love to see an in-depth review. I switched when my employer started blocking hotspot shield servers, which is annoying because i'd paid for a year's subscription.
    I also was getting annoyed with Hotspot Shield's complete inability to properly connect on demand. After more than a year of use and several updates, the only way I could ever get it to work on my iphone was connecting manually.
    Cloak's servers aren't blocked at work, the connection happens really quickly, and I can enjoy wi-fi access with on-demand protection for networks I deem untrusted. Cloak just seems to work without fail.

  72. likefunbutnot
    December 4, 2014 at 12:50 am

    I use PIA for my various needs. The price is right and performance is good enough for my needs. I can sustain maybe 30 Mbit/sec of data transfers through the VPN even connecting to an international end point.

  73. Anonymous
    December 4, 2014 at 12:19 am

    I personally wouldn't use HideMyAss as they keep logs, and give them to wanting governments. But good article overall

  74. Anonymous
    December 4, 2014 at 12:09 am

    I personally wouldn't use HideMyAss as they keep logs, and give them to wanting governments. But good article overall

  75. Youssef
    December 3, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    FrootVPN?

  76. salah
    December 3, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    You can use frootvpn.com .. it's just great and free.

    • random observer
      May 8, 2015 at 2:16 am

      It's also NOT free.

  77. AriesWarlock
    December 3, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    BlackVPN, servers in Hong Kong!

    • Andy Cole
      January 26, 2015 at 12:29 pm

      You may want to consider VPNArea (http://vpnarea.com), servers in 50 countries, doesn't keep logs, the software for Mac and Windows is full with perks and they've been around for few years now. They have strong network presence in Asia, Australia and Canada.

      torrents are allowed. Most importantly for me - it sells cheap dedicated IPs with free server, which you'll need for Hulu or other sites that don't like more than 1 user from same IP.

    • Yusong Shipley
      May 8, 2015 at 6:26 pm

      Hey Andy, switched from HMA to VPNArea because they allow using the service on 5 devices so that my wife and daughter can use it too.
      Speed is solid I could pull 38mbp/s on a realistic 50mbp/s Internet connection, long live fiber optic :-))

      I used a coupon when bought membership so if you're going to sign up look around for a coupon and you can get some discount, although their price is already much better than HMA and ipvanish and others.

      cheers

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