There are many choices out there for VPN services, but we’ve narrowed down the list of hundreds to the six best VPN providers. See a clear overview of all popular VPN services here.
ProtonVPN is unique in our list because it offers both a free and a paid option (and you can upgrade from the free version to the paid version quickly if you need to). The free version is limited to only one connection, with speed throttled making it unusable for high bandwidth applications. You’re also limited to about two dozen servers across three countries, making it difficult to find a server close by in many cases.
Opt for either the Basic or Plus plan instead. The Basic plan offers over 350 VPN servers in over 40 countries with “high speed” access, while the Plus plan offers more than 1,200 servers in more than 55 countries with the fastest speeds, up to 10Gbps. You gain an extra simultaneous connection with the Basic plan and up to 10 connections with Plus. BitTorrent support is included with the Basic and Plus plans, but streaming service support requires the Plus plan.
NordVPN is one of the most well-known VPN services and offers a single plan, with deep discounts for annual and two-year plans. It also has far more servers than ProtonVPN, with over 5,200 servers in 60 countries. NordVPN’s customer service is available 24/7 (ProtonVPN’s does not), and one-click activation of the VPN connection makes it a good choice for those with minimal computer knowledge.
Other notable features include a dedicated IP address, which means you’ll never be assigned an IP that somebody else has used, and the capability to simultaneously use the VPN and browse the open internet if you’d like. There’s even an app to make it easy to use the service on your mobile devices.
Cyberghost offers one of the best money-back guarantees of any VPN service, giving you a full 45 days to see if the service is a good fit. It also offers the cheapest monthly fees when purchasing a two-year prepaid plan. Its network is also more extensive than either ProtonVPN or NordVPN, offering over 7,100 servers in more than 90 countries.
Both streaming service and BitTorrent support are included, with up to seven simultaneous connections allowed. With 24/7 live support and apps for all the major platforms, Cyberghost is an excellent choice for those who want to get online quickly and get help if there is any trouble.
While Surfshark might not have as many VPN servers as other providers (about 3,200 in over 60 countries), it does offer one thing that many do not: an unlimited number of simultaneous connections. This makes Surfshark a great choice if you know you won’t be the only person using the VPN.
NortonVPN is brought to you by the same company that developed Norton Antivirus. It’s also fairly new, so it didn’t have the more advanced features of other VPN providers, like the “kill switch” technology we discussed earlier, or the split tunneling feature like NordVPN has. But a recent update has added those features, and there’s a 60-day-money-back guarantee to test out the service, longer than anyone else.
One feature that makes NortonVPN different from other VPN providers is “compromised and insecure network detection.” The VPN’s app continuously monitors the security status of your WI-Fi connection, and automatically connects to NortonVPN if it detects you’ve connected to an insecure or suspicious network.
PureVPN may not be as well known or backed by a familiar name like the others, but it is by no means a lesser alternative (it has nearly 3 millon subscribers worldwide). In fact, it has the most geographically diverse server list, with over 6,500 servers spread across 140+ countries, and offers up to ten simultaneous connections with split tunnelling capabilities.
You can also add on a dedicated IP (NordVPN offers this as a standard feature), and port forwarding, which allows you to access your device or a service from anywhere in the world securely. If it doesn’t work out, you can cancel anytime in the first 31 days and get a full refund.